Re: Future of YahooGroups and alternate options
I took over a Yahoo Group serving a worldwide railway association and, at the request of members, I started a php type forum in parallel with it. Yes, there was a learning curve - I had to learn HTML to customise the forum, and members had to learn to upload photos.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I myself prefer Yahoo, and some of my best members hate the php Forum but, if Yahoo dies, it’s what will take over.
The php Forum has overtaken the Yahoo Group in total membership, though not in active membership. The people who prefer it to Yahoo do so very strongly:
- While I share your dislike of having to log-in to read the messages, many people like the way you can select which Topics they get email notifications about. Indeed they like the way they can ignore things they aren’t interested in.
- People also like the way the forums turn into a serious of ‘communal blogs’ which are very good for words-and-pictures storytelling. So somebody with a busy life can settle down at a weekend and read through a week’s worth as if it were a magazine. Unlike Yahoo, every photo is embedded in the right place within the text.
- After each Topic has quietened down a bit, I go through it editing out all the material that doesn’t contribute to the telling, such as greetings, congratulations, wrong information. This means anyone reading through it from start to finish gets a compacted consistent version/
- Since then Yahoo, in its determination to ape Facebook, has made it very hard to follow a Thread online because of the endless unpacking and scrolling needed. The old-fashioned php Forum retains Pages that are easier to scroll through.