Are Yahoo! planning to pull the plug on Yahoogroups?
If you go to Yahoogroups web pages they tell you:
Welcome to the new Yahoo Groups
We’ve improved your Yahoo Groups experience. Check out what’s new:
Well that’s a lie.
What they’ve done is reduce the functionality of the whole site. Much of the reduced functionality only affects group owners and moderators, but the biggest problem is for users who want to read messages at the web site.
If you go to a particular message, you see it momentarily, and then it disappears. Then there is a button that says “View source”, and if you click that, you can read the message, but with distracting things like the full message headers, which are of little interest to most people.
Then you are shown a button that says “Show message” — and if you click it, it hides the message again.
Real intuitive, huh?
A really improved “Yahoogroups experience”?
Yahoo have never heard of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Their motto is, “If it ain’t broke, break it. ”
You can still read messages OK if you subscribe by e-mail, but it also seems that Yahoo have made it difficult for new subscribers to join. A friend of mine has been trying to subscribe to one of the groups I moderate for months, and hasn’t managed to do so.
I think they’ve decided to get rid of Yahoogroups, as they have with so many other things (Geocities, Webrings, MyBlogLog), but because it has been one of their more popular services, they want to make it unpopular before they pull the plug, so that no one will miss it when they finally do so.