Urgent Update On Yahoo!

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Help! The Yatanic is sinking fast!
Last updated on August 12, 2016

If you’ve been reading in here at all, you are aware that the Yahoo Classic Groups platform was crippled by the redesign which was a failure.

The Crumbling Walls Beneath NEO’s Facade

We have been stuck in a broken interface for going on 3 years now and are unable to delete the groups or memberships, so many of them remain in place looking like they are active when they’ve actually become “Ghost Groups” that are full of spam.

Yahoo Now Holding Users Hostage

This may be our last chance to save the Groups Interface. Since Verizon is now purchasing Yahoo, we are very concerned about our future. As long as Marissa Mayer remains in charge, nothing is likely to change.

We are increasingly worried, as more and more things are failing or breaking every day. Mayer continues to chip away at the core that Verizon has purchased, with her “upgrades” which are a disaster. We’re afraid she might even get rid of us all together, and no one would know the extent of what she did to us.

Recently there was an upgrade to Yahoo Instant Messenger, that is a truly awful design, and made it all but unusable. Verizon needs to be told so they can protect the platform they purchased!

Someone tell the shareholders, the investors, everyone that if something isn’t done soon, there may be nothing left to save! Verizon needs to remove Mayer and stop her from destroying the core business!

Verizon, please get some good programmers who know what they are doing, and help us repair our damaged Groups interface before we lose everything we’ve accumulated for years!

What Yahoo Was And Could Be Again… Great!

We have warned the advertisers that they are advertising to inactive groups and that on many of the groups that are active, the ads won’t even work.  Yahoo in the meantime, claims all this activity, which is non-existent.

Yahoo Users All Mad About Ads

On January 20, 2016, the Classic Groups Core platform that was already limping along badly, started breaking more. 

Post From Mods & Members Yahoo Group

It’s now August, 2016, and we are still losing functionality at an alarming rate!

I am concerned that Yahoo might be trying to close down our groups all together, and send our sites into oblivion, so no one will ever know what they did to us. They already tried once to hide the evidence:

Beware The Ides Of March

So please, someone, put our story out there and tell the public what is happening!? Just tell them we exist! Just post the link to our Crusade Blog somewhere? 

Yahoo Users Crusade Blog

People who use mail are also reporting serious problems with it. Mail is a huge part of the core business. Verizon & the general public need to know what’s happening! Please help us tell them?

For The Press

Because it feels like we’re sinking fast…and the exodus from Yahoo has stepped up its pace. I don’t know how long we can all hold on.

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What Yahoo Was…And Could Be Again — GREAT!

 

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Feedback to Quartz on Mark Coatney’s article.

By David Halfpenny

In “Can Tumblr save Yahoo?” I think Mark has struck an absolutely fundamental point: “Yahoo isn’t an editorial entity so much as a venue in which a lot of voices interact. The problem here is that to be a great platform for users, you need to provide a great user experience.”
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Although his focus was Tumblr, coincidentally Mark sums up Yahoo! Groups.
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Yahoo! What?
Since it seems to be a well-kept secret:  Yahoo! Groups has hundreds of millions of users generating a vast archive of content for each other in the daily care of an unpaid yet dedicated moderator team bigger than the Chinese army.
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All these people come to Yahoo! to share the things that excite and concern them, and while they are on-site, their eyeballs are in Yahoo!’s pocket (as it were).
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In Groups, Yahoo has a distinctive world-leading user-magnetic property in which all the work is done for them – apart from actually manning the content data-centres. Or should I say “had”?
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Naturally Yahoo! wanted to monetise this unsung gem, and naturally they wanted a great user platform, so in 2013 they assigned Yahoo! India to re-write the boring old user interface.
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But because Yahoo had long since lost the source code, the keen young development team took a chance and adopted the new doctrine of ‘Coding without a Net’ ie modifying the LIVE product, untested – inflicting bug after bug, day after day, on a massive live audience – from half a world away.
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Over two years later, tranches of functionality remain crippled, most heartbreakingly the godsend facility for blind and partially-sighted users to have Screens of text read out to them.
All this brought a profound backlash from users.
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Millions fled to other platforms to avoid the bugs, while millions more have dropped their usage drastically.
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Huge volumes of daily traffic have shifted to Facebook Groups, which (although pretty Mickey Mouse in functionality by comparison), do actually work.
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When I look down the message stats for my own list of dozens of groups (i.e. thousands of members), most seem to have died on their feet.
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As a moderator, I still have a user core who still have a perfectly good Groups experience. But their trick is to use Groups via email. While they don’t whinge as they never see the wretched interface bugs, they also never click on another Yahoo! property, and never see a single advert!
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Ah yes, the adverts – crass, screen-hogging, annoying – exactly what Ad-Blocking was designed for! In striking contrast to Google adverts, which most people I ask don’t even notice.
So now we now have a vocal Groups community, raging against the hand that feeds them, many hoping against hope that a forthcoming retirement announcement by Marissa will somehow bring back the boring old Interface that worked.
I have a better idea:  recognising the uniqueness and power of Yahoo! Groups and managing it properly along the principles that Mark sets out for Tumblr.
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