Unable to link to a specific message inside a Conversation Thread
Under the old group format (which I still think was immensely superior), we could have links to a specific message in a thread, because each message in a thread would have it's own URL. I am unable to see a URL for specific messages in threads anymore. Only a URL to the whole thread (conversation). In our world famous library of links, we can no longer add new links pointing to outstanding messages (unless they're the first message in a thread, but sometimes the relevant, history-keeping message could be message number 30 in a thread). Please fix this problem ASAP.
Thanks for bringing your finding to my attention.
I looked at the situation again and it is so kludgy (you infer as much) that the normal person won't be able to figure out the link to a message. For instance in any message posting, in your email version of the posting, if you have chosen html format for postings, you'll have a link at the bottom "see messages in this thread" -- you'll be able to see all the messages, but no where can you figure out the link to a specific message. What I did for one person's message was I had to search conversations for her email address, and when I clicked on individual messages returned in search result, I found her message and specific link.
I should not have had to go to that extent. Yahoo needs to clean up their interface (GUI). In the old format, if you saw all messages in a thread, a link was made for each message, if you clicked on it, you got the link for that message.
Others, please vote on this suggestion, Yahoo needs to know they need to clean this mess up. The issue has a ranking now of about 36 (much better than initial ranking of 8600 or something). We're close to getting into the very top bracket.
Roleigh Martin, Lead Moderator, JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Jason Schlager commented
This is important feature to point users to the correct point inside a conversation.
The linking ability is an important feature. I hope it can be restored as it makes these valuable resources available to those who need them most.
The old format was superior. Please switch back!
Jim Ringland commented
Just a follow-up to my earlier comment. You can get a message URL, but it's awkward. A rather natural way to find things is to use Topics view, but you can't link to a message or even get a message number there. You have to go out to Messages view to get the link. The process is do-able but lengthy in a very active group with lots of long threads. It would be better to be able to find the link from the Topics view
Jim Ringland commented
I absolutely agree. I'm a member of several groups with excellent posting histories, all of which are now much harder than before to access.
angelika G. commented
The old format was great, your ' improved' new format is sadly still messing things up, that were useful and worked so well before. A very frustrating user experience !
Robert Perkins commented
The new format sucks-***! Thanks for letting me vent;) !