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The Future of yahoogroups - OTPgen and departmentals

Vince avatar

Vince Website editor

Some of you may have recently received emails from yahoogroups about how their service is "evolving". Despite the word, the service is doing anything but that - it is being totally stripped down into essentially just an email distribution service.

The biggest changes are that they are removing all hosted files, photos, and the entire message archives!

If any of you have uploaded files/photos to the group and want to save them, visit this link before SATURDAY 14th DECEMBER.

I have made a backup of the entire message archives of the two groups (with the exception of a few recent posts). If there is demand, I aim to upload them to ontrackplant/departmentals websites and build a search facility so you can look at old messages. Would people be interested in this?

The biggest elephant in the room is the future of the two groups. It's apparent that their use is dwindling, with only one or two posts a month, compared to 200/300++ in their heyday. With searchable message archives, we may just call it a day and close both of the groups down as they seem a bit redundant?... If you need to ask questions, you can continue to do so in this site's forum; upload photos here; log sightings; get "watchlist" email alerts etc.

Thoughts welcome...

Ben Williams avatar

Ben Williams Editor

Yahoo is a nightmare in every way. Searchable archive of messages would probably be useful but think we just shut the groups and consign them to the history books. They served their purpose in the early days.

Talking of history - isn't a certain website approaching a big birthday? ;)

Roy Hennefer

Roy Hennefer

The OTP Team go from strength to strength. Well done.

Lerpass Mapter

Lerpass Mapter

Just a suggestion...

Why not try a real forum, such as something based on phpBB or SMF, which is free (free as base forum software, obviously server costs to add).

I have been an admin on a Vbulletin forum for many years, I wouldn't suggest going to Vbulletin (they have lost their way), but it is similar to phpBB and I found phpBB pretty good, can have various forum sections to include all your interests in rail plant and rolling stock, etc?

Just a thought as asked....

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