A FEW WORDS FROM
YOUR FEATHERED LEADER
WHY ARE WE ON THIS CRUSADE FOR CLASSIC?
I know that this space is ordinarily used to have the blog owner tell you a little about themselves, and I suppose I could do that, but honestly, I don’t consider this to be MY blog. I consider it to be the Yahoo Groups users’ blog. I just happen to kind of own it. : ) This is basically an extension of our original Yahoo group, Mods and Members, that was instrumental in effecting the rollback of Yahoo’s 2010 groups remodel.
I decided to create this blog because the times have changed. Gone are the days when it was easy to get someone’s e-mail address when you wanted to contact them. Now everything is Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. I was never someone who really wanted to be that connected to everyone around me, and frankly, I’m still not. But I decided that if I had any chance of winning this fight with Yahoo this second time around, I had to get on their playing field, so here I am.
In the past 40 days during this crusade against Neo, I’ve learned how to Tweet instead of just Hoot. I’ve learned how to blog instead of just post. Yep, I even took a crash course in WordPress : “Become a Blogger in 5 days or Less!”
Actually, there wasn’t any course. There was Laura, our Blogger Boss, who also serves as my “Twitter Tutor Teaching Tweeting!” We could not have done this, especially NOT in five days, without her help. I did, however, just buy books on both tweeting and blogging so I can learn to be better at it myself. : ) I still like VI a lot better though!
Then there is Suz. One of my moderators on Mods and Members, she has been my cheering section, my “help me strategize” partner, and my creative content editor. It doesn’t hurt that we both tend to stay up all night long. : )
I brought this crusade into the new age because I want the world to understand what Classic Groups are. It’s almost like tearing down a historic building or trashing a classic car. They have such rich history, and that history is slowly being destroyed as the groups continue to fail and crumble under the Neo hammer.
Classic Groups were here first. They were made for those of us who started listserves and forums before smartphones existed. They contain years of history, memories, photos, and archives that are all being swiftly destroyed by Yahoo as surely as if they’d used a battering ram.
And the Groups Users are crying out: “Stop! What did we ever do to deserve this? Why, why are you doing this to us?” That’s the sentence I think I see most often in what I call the “Feedback Trench” — Yahoo’s User Voice Feedback Forum. These aren’t just the sorts of people who can pick up easily and go elsewhere to start over. They are elderly people, disabled, veterans, and more. The Neo interface is not something they can manage or handle. It’s too complex, too buggy, and not up to ADA requirements. It simply does not work for them.
Even the young people, for whom Neo was supposedly created, could not function under its reign. They sadly deleted their large network of Yahoo groups across the country and then returned to make a protest group and stand beside me…to my amazement. These are high school kids and young adults who spent years tutoring, sharing homework, and mentoring on their extensive network of groups which is now gone, yet more casualties of Neo. But they are here, making a stand not just for themselves or their own grandparents, but for all who are elderly or disabled and who are caught up in the Neo chaos.
So we all stand united here today: my group and I; Andy’s SayNo2Neo group; and even Shal Farley and the GMG and YGOG groups that are striving to get Yahoo to fix Neo and make it at least work. We are all standing together here because the bottom line is that Neo is a fail. It was untested, buggy code that was sprung with no warning on thousands and thousands of unsuspecting users, and it’s causing real-world harm to very real people.
So this is our crusade.
As you read this blog, how can you not feel sorrow for the users who are in such shock and despair at this impact on their lives? How can you not care about their suffering? We hope that instead you will empathize with them and understand.
It is also our hope that someone will finally step up and DO something about it. Stop Neo immediately, and roll it back for now. Go back to the Classic Groups, even for just awhile! Give everyone enough time to preserve what’s left of their archives and their memories before Yahoo manages to destroy anything else.
I wasn’t in time to save everyone. Many had already left in despair, disbelief, and anger by the time I found out. If only I had known sooner that this was happening, I would have taken it up long before now. I didn’t, though, and I’m deeply sorry that it was too late for so many.
However, there is still time to stop it for the ones who are left, and if we can’t stop it, then our teams here will see to it that every last Groups user who needs help gets it. We’ll help them relocate. We’ll help them save what they can. We’ll help them cope throughout this crisis. The world will know of their fight and their plight.
That is what this blog and our crusade are all about.
Owner Mods & Members
Yahoo Clubs member since March 10, 2001