Eventually, we’ll have to look at the possibility of failure to reach our goal. Yes, I know the SAYNO2NEO kids say failure is not an option, and I agree with them, but barring a miracle, many users cannot continue coping with the buggy, screwed-up mess that NEO is.
So…what’s our next step?
Many want to find a new home, but this is what poses a problem for Classic Group Users. No Free site that hosts groups has all the features we’ve known and used for all these years. There isn’t even a good paying one we’ve found yet that has everything we had.
So consider this a request to all startups, budding engineers, coders, programmers, and other tech-savvy individuals.
CREATE FOR US A NEW CLASSIC FORMAT.
Here is what we need for our Groups Platform:
- An interface that is accessible through both mail and website.
- Customizable home pages where we can choose colors, fonts, photos, and sizes for the group pages.
- The ability to have all messages appear in a single list, not in individual forums.
- Message archives that are stored and always available through page view.
- Messages ordered chronologically (newest or oldest first) or by threads as desired.
- Messages that have post #’s and are searchable.
- Controls that are readily visible and don’t require mouse-over.
- Full moderation tools for Group owners for members, messages, attachments, etc.
- A My Groups page where moderators can see all their groups and whatever moderation tasks are needed for each one.
- Ability to access member lists by page view and export the whole list into a PDF file, Excel, database, etc.
- Capability to handle a large number of members (don’t know the limit for Yahoo’s Groups).
- A section to store links.
- A section to store files.
- A working interactive database.
- An event calendar accessible to all.
- Ability to invite members
- Ability to add members.
- Ability to import an existing member list from another group.
- Ability to ban or preban members.
- Ability to have the member’s real name associated with their e-mail on the member’s list for Owner/Mod view only.
- Hosting for photos, with lots of storage, customizable photo organization and sorting options.
It may appear like we’re asking for a lot here, but for a long time, we were spoiled because this is what we’ve had. So now we are desperately seeking a venue that can provide all of this for us again. If you can help, please contact featheredleader at: owlsy (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Thank you sincerely,
P.S. To Yahoo Groups Users: If we missed one of your favorite features, please add a comment or e-mail me and let us know.