How can we preserve group message base?
I was notified this morning that Yahoo groups is effectively shutting down. I am a group owner. While I can download all files and photos for preservation, how can I get the complete message database? There is valuable information there dating back almost 20 years.
Tanko Mohammed commented
Can Yahoo provide an AMNESTY to those of us who missed the Notices to return to YahooGroups for even just one day copy everything (pictures, douments etc...) we need an then re-close the site?
What's going on with Yahoo. Can;t reply to a message. Can't post a message. Some of our members can't even find the Group Site....fix it please YAHOO... Every time you update groups they just get worse. This site is regressing big time. We have over 5000 members. This is so unacceptable.
Too late. Even shutting down, yahell is as bad as it has been for the last many months.
Groups -io stepped in, and offered seamless transfer for the price of a premium account. Most of my groups did that. However, that offer was unavailable after 1.12.
You can download all your text content: either personal if you are just a member, or the lot if you are an owner. I did. There was a 3 week delay when I did it, but that offer is open to 14.12, and the items won't be deleted until your download is done. However, the text comes in an unusable format, buried with all of the headers: useless.
Luckily, I don't care so much about 20-year-old old messages - who would ever read them again? - but the Files, Polls, and Links contain the wisdom of all those people over all those years, and in some groups there are very much still-useful databases, calendars, photos, etc. Verizon is SO wrong about what Yahoogroups are. In my group, we discourage messages, actually, and advise members to check Files first, before asking any questions.
Brenda Fowler commented
ATTENTION EVERYONE! Not only can we help you save your groups if you go here wp.me/p3ZMb6-Ba but I am also in touch with VERIZON & are relaying problems such as downloads not opening or nothing in the archive when requested, to them. So e-mail me at owlsy at Yahoo.com or tweet me at @featheredleader with your problem, & I'll relay it. No one will really help you down here. It even says on the home page that support issues aren't handled here, just suggestions and comments. We can help you if you talk to us! Nightowl >8#
Brenda Fowler commented
Hey! Stop complaining down here and come up to here: ow.ly/pX8UP We can help you save your groups! Yahoo is not listening to you down here, they won't, but we can help. I'm also talking to the Washington Post about doing an article on this, and talking to Verizon to ask for more time to rescue archives. PLUS, I've talked to a Verizon Board Member. So come up out of this "Trench" and come see me at @featheredleader on Twitter and Owlsy At Yahoo Dot Com. We can help!!!! Owl
Gabriel Eschenazi commented
I received the ZIP file and it's impossible to open and read the messages. So I have the same question. How can I preserve the messages in the group?
Katie Hoeppner, ARVSS commented
waited a week for our ZIP file of all the info in our rescue's Yahoo Group... I cannot open what was sent. What is a ".json" file anyway??? Is this a joke? Like others here, we would like to keep all our information!!!
Maureen Peter commented
I want the same. We have valuable information dating back years. I received an email to say my download was available, however when I go to the link, it says nothing is available to me after all.
Ramona Bernard commented
Similar to these questions, but I'd like to know how to download all my groups photos, NOT one by one. I thought the description under "Privacy Dashboard" would help, but the message I got from Yahoo stated "Your download request has been completed, but no data of this type is available in your account." Any suggestions on photo download?
Brigitte Lakah commented
Wow, just wow! 18 years of data lost......... Not to mention the ability to communicate.
Wilson Logan commented
Google "Personal Groupware" for software to save everything.
It’s strange how things come back to their beginning.
I created this program (PGO) during the Dot Com implosion, 19 years ago, to preserve the data on the Yahoo Groups I was a member of.
Now it is being used again for the purpose for which it was originally intended…. the emergency preservation of data.
It is a fitting, if sad end.
BEA GAR commented
Could you PLEASE give us an alternative? As a group owner, I am deeply worried about keeping all the group content after the closure dat on oct 28th
Dila Foundation commented
The group I moderate has close to 30,000 messages. From what I have read on this thread "How can we preserve group message base?" there seems to be no provision Yahoo has for us to download everything, even if it's just the message bodies. Yahoo is allowing sabotage by corporate infiltrators paid by FB and Google.
Andrea L. commented
I have the same issue, how is Yahoo suddenly not allowing me to download my messages, they DO NOT OWN THE information, just the platform. I want all my messages! ALL OF THEM!
class action law suit?
Warren Jones commented
What? I don't understand. Anyway, I have the same question. I, too, would like to be able to preserve the discussions. I did print 97 pages, but only the first three lines. I want to keep The complete messages. Oh, I now see that I misread your comment. I thought you said, "Inappropriate."
William A LaBarr commented
Isn't that stupid idea a violation of our rights to freedom of speech and press? Is there someone who might know more about that?
William A LaBarr commented
I am a group owner also and I sure as **** will tell my bank to not honor any attempt by Yahoo to try to get another $34.00 for domain registration. I will not pay that fee for a group that by Yahoo is going to be completely useless.
I share these concerns, with over 20 years of messages & posts in two groups I own. Someone at Yahoo needs to provide a suggested course of action, if they actually read this area.
K L commented
Come on, Yahoo! It's time to step up to the plate: if you want to shut down groups, then you need to provide a pathway for important archived messages to be exported in a format that we can use. PLEASE DON"T GHOST ALL OF US! Why wasn't this part of your announcement?