UPDATE (11/11 12:40 pm PST) : After being rolled back last week, the release is now being pushed out again and the links should be live again on all group home pages view within the next few hours.
You may have already noticed the new "Groups Labs" heading and "Grouplets" link in the left hand navigation of all groups.
Groups Labs is a new area of Yahoo! Groups where we can test out new features before fully incorporating them into groups.
Grouplets, our first Groups Labs release, are new kinds of applications within Yahoo! Groups that allow owners and moderators to create and customize applications specifically for the needs of their group. Currently, we are offering eight types of grouplet templates (Address Book, Birthday List, Favorites, For Sale, Give Away, Group Profile, Jobs, and Places Map) and the ability to add as many different grouplets to your group as you like (though you always have to start from one of these templates).
We would love groups and users to try out these features and to tell us what you think. To provide feedback, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (or join the Groups Lab group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/groupslabs if you want to participate in an ongoing discussion).
However, please keep in mind that the features within Groups Labs are all "Beta" features, and they are more likely (compared to standard Yahoo! Groups features) to have usability issues, to be down at times for maintenance, or even to be removed altogether if it turns out there is no interest in them or significant technical problems.
Update: Two additional points:
- The Groups Labs heading and Grouplets link cannot be removed from the navigation and display to all members.
- However, only a moderator can add grouplets to a group. And if no grouplets have been added, when a member clicks on the "Grouplets" link, they will simply see a message that "Your group has not enabled any Grouplets"