This is the first in a series of blog posts intended to introduce you to the makeover of Yahoo! Groups. You can consider these posts an in-depth tour of the service’s updated look and feel.
Today, we want to address more of the rumors that have been circulating about the remodel. Subsequent posts will explore particular features in depth.
What happened to specific functionality that I used all the time?
This remodel incorporates a lot of feedback we have heard from the Yahoo! Groups community as a whole. We have taken an iterative approach so that you can benefit from the updates as soon as they are ready; this will also allow us to improve features more quickly.
We’ve tackled Chat, Messages, Photos, Members, and the home page in this release. Other features will be addressed on an on-going basis. Although your group’s most-used features may not be addressed in this release, they soon will be.
What information is shown on the Updates stream on the home page of my group?
The Updates stream includes only activity within your group. Any activity outside of your groups will not be displayed in the Updates stream in this release.
What is changing with my group’s privacy options during the remodel?
Privacy options will continue to function exactly as they did before.
What is changing with moderation and other permissions?
All of your current permissions will continue to function as they did before.
If you are a moderator, you will continue to be notified of any pending messages, members, and photos via email. When there are pending messages, members, or photos, you as a moderator will see a pending notification when you first come to your group.
What is changing with message archives?
Message archives will be available to members if that option has been selected for the group. If not, then the archives will not be available. This also holds true for public archives.
Learn more about archive settings.
What is changing with email?
There were no changes to the email system in this release. That means, you will continue to receive emails as you did before.
Learn more about email.
What happened to the web features (e.g. Links, Databases) that my group uses?
These features are still available to those groups that have turned them on and appear in the left navigation bar.
In fact, if you use any applications (e.g. People Map, Birthdays, Group Profile, RSVP), they will now appear in the left navigation bar as well.
Learn more about the web-only features.
What happened to features such as Message History and Reply-to Sender?
Unfortunately, some features didn’t make it into this release.
Reply-to Sender: Reply-to Sender as a reply setting from the web interface will be released very soon. None of the groups that have this option set as the default will be migrated to the remodel until this feature is available. Please note that you can continue to reply to sender via email as you were able to before.
Message History: This feature will be brought back soon in a slightly different form in the near future.
What is happening to my Adult groups?
Adult groups will continue be supported as before.
One difference from Adult groups and other groups that you will notice is that the Chat feature is not supported for Adult groups. Learn more about why Chat is not supported for Adult groups.
When will the Chat feature be enabled for my group?
Chat will be enabled for your group once your group has been converted to the new look and feel.
If you are a moderator, you can enable or disable Chat. Simply click on the Management tab in the left navigation bar.
You will see an alert notifying you that the management settings haven’t yet been remodeled.
Just click the “Continue” button and you will see the management settings you are familiar with.
To change the Chat setting:
- Under the “Groups Settings” section, click on “Web Tools.”
- Click on the “Edit” link to the right of “Web Tools.”
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and enable or disable Chat. Click on “Save Changes” to update your group’s settings.
When will my group be converted to the new look and feel?
The new look and feel is being slowly rolled out across all Yahoo! Groups in the U.S. You may notice that your group switches back and forth between versions as the rollout progresses.
If you use a local version (non-U.S.) version of Yahoo! Groups, the same look and feel will be available to you soon, within the next several weeks.
You can learn more about the remodel changes in our dedicated help section.
Next in the series: Group Descriptions.