Alert: Yahoo Groups shutting down soon


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Hi everyone,

Hope this is the right section.

Yahoo is shutting down their Groups site. New uploads and content will be locked starting on the 28th of this month, and all data will be erased on December 14th. The email system will remain functional for an unspecified amount of time, but knowing Yahoo (i.e. GeoCities), I wouldn't count on much.

The Yahoo Groups platform has a TON of synth and music stuff, some dating back to the mid 1990s. All of this will be lost when the platform is erased. Some moderators are migrating to groups-dot-io but that company now raised the fee for transferring groups to $220 (USD). Many groups have been dead for years, but still have patches, tech and repair info, and a lot more; sadly there is no one to migrate them as the admins are gone.

I am working on archiving as many groups as I can (also have some "life events" this weekend and the next so I'm not able to do as much as I'd like to). I'm using PG Offline, which seems to work. You can download an entire group's messages, or just the files, photos, or links too (to folders on your PC). Messages are stored in SQLite but can be exported to HTML and more, meaning it can be added to a new forum or an existing one. Free 30-day trial or about $25 for it; Windows only. The developer is actively working on adding group.io export too. I can't do all of the thousands of music groups, not by a long shot. I would encourage anyone here who wants a certain group's information to use that program and quickly before the lockdown on the 28th - I don't know how that is going to affect the system. The only wrinkle is that you must be a member of any group you want to save. Sadly with some of the dead "restricted"/closed groups that means you would have had to have been a member prior to it fading out; there's no one to approve you now.

If you choose to archive any groups, please comment below with which one(s) you've done.

Hope this can help somebody.

-Max
 
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Next batch is finished.

ROLAND_D70
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FIZMO - messages only
jv80
Roland_JD-990
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New batch finished last night through today:

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EVERYTHING_CONN
MIDI_SYNTHS_SYSEX_PATCH_EXCHANGE
rolandjunod
Kurzweil250
Roland-Controllers
JD-800_Tech
kiwitechnics
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Thank you for doing all of this archiving for everyone! It's very generous of you.
 

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I believe I used to belong to a Waldorf Group as well.

I quit because most of the traffic was pretty banal.

Gary ;)
 
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Have a link? I can probably archive it, if there's anything you need.

Next day's worth is done:


rhodes
Roland_FR18_Diatonic
RolandSamplers
K1000-K1200
MidiSPD
YamahaA5000
KORGM50USERSGROUP
SonicCell
nordstage
KnobTweak
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I just received this in my yahoo mail.

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 eGroups.com 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.

Sincerely,
The Groups Team
I guess I must still be registered with a group though for the life of me I have no idea which one. Possibly a Korg TR group or Casio group I joined 18 years ago. :eek:

Gary ;)
 
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Twenty-three more are done. I've been working as internet allows (I've been on the phone with technical support several hours this week as there are some significant connection issues that have sprung up).

DR-5
RolandVSDocsII
TRITON_EXTREME
MojoMusicians
korg-wavestation
KorgM1M1Rex
korgms2000
vk_corral
roland_fp
oasys-pci
Korg_Wavestation_moderated
RolandVSDocs
K3Resurrection
yamaha-psr-styles
PODxtLivePODxt
finale
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connartistes
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More finished:

EZguitars
yamahapsrgroup
Kawai-Teisco
Alesis_QS_synthesizers
Casio_FZ_Samplers
CasioCZ1
Casio_FZ_Samplers_2
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xgworksusers
xgworks-exchange
akaiS1000S1100Samplers
electonetalk
korgpolyex - this one may be moving to groups.io
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