eGroups/Onelist is merging once again--with Yahoo (yes, eGroups and Onelist
just merged on April 1). The following FAQ was sent to confirm that there
will not be significant changes. (If there are significant changes, I'll
notify the lists as soon as I can.)
Those uninterested in the details may delete this message now. :)
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Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 19:37:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Merger FAQ
The FAQ, as promised, has been posted to
For our non-Web users, I've copied the text below (sans formatting).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why did this merger happen? How will moderators and members benefit
from the new service?
A. eGroups was created to offer the world's best email groups. Thanks to
our loyal members and a team of great people, we built a service hosting
over 800,000 groups used by more than 17 million members.
By joining the Yahoo family of services, we will enhance and expand our
current groups, and introduce our unique communication tools to millions
of new users around the world. Once our services merge, we expect our
members and moderators will benefit in many ways:
- Access to a variety of group enhancements
- A greater selection of new groups to join
- A larger audience for existing groups
- More services for our international members
Q. Will eGroups continue to offer free email group services?
A. Yes! eGroups and Yahoo are committed to offering a wide selection of
free Internet services. We expect to continue offering free services, at
no charge to moderators or members, during and after the merger.
Q. When will the eGroups and Yahoo sites be integrated?
A. It will take about two months for the legal transaction to be approved
and completed (late August). After that point, we'll decide what level of
integration offers our members the best service. Your suggestions and
comments will be carefully considered. Integration will not begin until
after the companies are combined, and the integration process is expected
to last for several months.
Q. Will there be any changes to the eGroups Terms of Service (TOS)?
A. eGroups is aware of the differences between the Terms of Service
offered to our members, and those offered to users of various Yahoo
properties like Yahoo Clubs and Geocities.
Legal teams from both eGroups and Yahoo are discussing the best way to
resolve these differences. No decision has been made at this point, and
you and your groups are still covered by the eGroups TOS.
Q. What will happen to the current eGroups services (email, chat, file
space, calendar, etc.)?
A. No significant changes are planned for the eGroups service until after
the legal transaction is completed. After that, eGroups and Yahoo will
bring the best of both services together. In situations where services
overlap (like Yahoo Calendar and eGroups Calendar), we may choose to
consolidate. If this happens, we will migrate your data whenever possible
and in accordance with our privacy policies.
Q. Does this merger mean I have to change my group addresses or
A. No. eGroups and Yahoo will maintain your original group email addresses
and Web URL's indefinitely. This means that you do not have to update any
subscription Web pages you may have created.
After the companies are combined, eGroups and Yahoo will evaluate options
for a new system of addresses. However, even if new addresses are created
for your group, the old addresses will continue to be supported.
Q. Will there be changes to eGroups policies (adult content, security,
A. eGroups and Yahoo believe that children should not have access to adult
information. Both companies are legally obligated to eliminate content
that violates local, state, federal, and international laws.
Because both companies currently have similar policies and procedures to
cover these situations, we do not anticipate significant changes to our
policies regarding acceptable content. However, changes in applicable law
may require policy changes at any time.
Q. Will improvements to eGroups continue while the merger proceeds?
A. Absolutely! eGroups will continue all planned development during the
merger process. This means we will continue to work on new features and
fixes. You may have noticed that we recently revived the Activity logs
feature for groups you moderate.
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Joan Marie Verba verba001@...
Mythopoeic Press Secretary, Mythopoeic Society
List Administrator for DocEx, Mythsoc, MNSCBWI and