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Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2019 10:32 a.m. PST

After receiving an e-mail notice from the owner of the Lace Wars Yahoo Group, I signed on to go ahead and see if there was anything on any of the groups of which I am a member that I wanted to save.

I was unpleasantly surprised to find that I was only a member of 1 of the 10 or so groups of which I thought I was a member! Needless to say, I guess that many of these groups have already either switched to or have deleted all their previous members.

Have others been unpleasantly surprised by this?

So the saga of Yahoo groups seems to be ending with both a bang (on their part) and a whimper (on mine). frown


JimDuncanUK26 Oct 2019 10:51 a.m. PST

Been ongoing for a while.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2019 4:18 p.m. PST

I run one and have struggled to keep it alive with advent of I switched mine to faceBook years ago and kept mine alive as a archive,but people barely post4ed ..until now when group is disappearing.I gave a member moderator powers ,because I won't switch it all over.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2019 3:19 a.m. PST

I found this with groups of which I was a member and because I don't/refuse to use Facebook, tough luck me…

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2019 10:43 a.m. PST

The rush to provide other fora may be a bit premature.

I moderate two groups and received this today (10/29 AM)

With the exception of files and non-e-mail traffic, the
Group seems to be functioning normally and (according to
this mail) will continue to so do, at least as far as
e-mails go.

Our group has always been private and required moderator
approval for new members, for the entire 20 years of
its existence.


"Dear Group Moderators and Members,

Thank you for your commitment to Yahoo and for helping us define the power of digital communities. Eighteen years ago, we combined the functionality of a site called with a precursor community platform called Yahoo Clubs to launch Yahoo Groups. Since then, you and millions of others have helped prove our hypothesis, by creating and joining more than 10 Million groups.

A lot has changed about the Internet since 2001, including the ways most people now use Yahoo Groups. Today, most Yahoo Groups activity happens in your email inbox, not on the bulletin boards where Yahoo Groups started in the pre-smartphone age. Increasingly, people want content and connections coming directly to them, and this is why we continue to invest in Yahoo Mail -- including the recent launch of a new Yahoo Mail app that is currently the highest-rated email app in the App Store and Google Play.

So, as our users' habits have evolved, we have begun the process of evolving our approach to help active Yahoo Groups thrive and migrate to our email platform. To help you plan for these changes, below is the schedule of how this transition will happen.

Beginning October 28, 2019:
•Users will be able to join a Yahoo Group only through an invite from the Group Moderator or by submitting a request to join a Group, which requires approval by the Group Moderator.
•Since we are moving Group communication from posting on message boards to email distribution, uploading and hosting of new content will also be disabled on the Yahoo Groups website.

Beginning December 14, 2019:
•All Groups will be made private and any content that was previously uploaded via the website will be removed. We believe privacy is critical and made this decision to better align with our overall principles.
•If you would like to keep any of the content you've posted or stored in the past within your Yahoo Group, please download it by December 14 by accessing this link.

As these dates get closer, we will send follow-up reminders. More information about the upcoming changes can be found here.

While this evolution of Yahoo Groups is inspired by how we see the platform being used today, we know change can be difficult. Here are a few important facts as we make this transition:

1. Yahoo Groups is not going away – We know that our users are deeply passionate about connecting around shared interests, and we are evolving Groups to better align with how you use it today.

2. New groups can still be formed – Users can continue to connect with others around their common bonds and interests. From animal rescues to sporting and activity groups, civic organizations to local PTAs, members of our Yahoo Groups will remain connected and able to share their activities and interests. All of the content that you have shared previously on the website, can continue to be shared via email.

We know that Yahoo Groups is an important online extension of your real-life group of friends, interests and communities, and we are committed to supporting communities that rely on Yahoo Groups. Thanks for coming along with us this far. We look forward to seeing where the technology -- and you -- take us in the decades to come."

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Oct 2019 12:13 p.m. PST

Ed – the one aspect of the many groups I am a member of that I never use is the e-mail facility so, from my POV, they are removing them. Without the files and photos to store and share info the platform is useless to me.

I can contact all my wargames group by e-mail more easily that setting up a group at Yahoo so why would I want to add what I already have ?

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