2878Managing messages from Yahoo Groups
- Jan 31, 2005Greetings everyone, and please excuse any cross-posting,
It has come to my attention that some people are having trouble with a
deluge of individual messages coming from the Yahoo group arriving in
their mail box. It may be alright when the postings to a group are
infrequent, but if it becomes suddenly become very active, with many
members posting, it can become very annoying.
Here's what you can do:
First of all, to address this issue, you MUST have registered with
Yahoo and obtained a Yahoo ID. You can receive a free yahoo email
account and ID by clicking on this link:
Then, when you sign into yahoo- whether it be for mail, or for the
group, you are signed into all aspects of Yahoo. Once singed in, you
can visit the main yahoo groups page:
You should see on the left-hand side, all the Yahoo groups you are a
member of. Near the top, on the right, there is a link that says
here's the direct link:
Under where it says "my groups" in bold, you will see three tabs. "My
groups", "Edit my groups", and "Email preferences"
Say that you would like to receive a "daily digest' for your group,
rather than many individual emails.
Click on "Edit my groups"
On the left, you will see each group of which you are a member. Then
there are columns for "Yahoo profile", "Email address", and "Message
delivery", and finally a check box for "leave group". Click on
"message delivery". There is a drop-down menu with four options, which
is usually automatically set to "individual messages".
The "No mail" is useful, say, if you go on vacation and you want to
temporarily suspend getting mail from the group till you are back. Or
perhaps you wish to be a group member, but would rather visit the web
site to read messages when you have the time, rather than get every
message in your email. "Special Notices" are infrequent postings made
only by the list moderators, usually for when they make changes to the
list or any important announcements. Then finally "Daily Digest",
which bundles all the messages together for a given day into one
Once you have finished making your changes, you must click on "save
changes" in the upper right hand side.
Personally I prefer to get the digest, as it saves a lot of time, but
still allows me to keep tabs on what's going on.... that said, it is
important to remember ONE THING when you receive a digest. If you wish
to reply to a specific message, often your email is set to copy what
you received in your response. PLEASE be sure to cut out everything
that you are NOT responding to, so that your message is clear and
specific. If you don't, you will copy the entire digest and send
everyone a very long message, most of which isn't relevant to your
The "Yahoo profile" tab allows you to select which Yahoo profile you
would like to use for a given group. The "Email preferences" tab,
allows you to "bounce" you messages to different email addresses if you
have more than one.
I hope this helps de-clutter your mail box, feel less overwhelmed by a
sudden flood of messages, and improve your enjoyment of your yahoo
groups. If you are truly gregarious and should have the need, you can
even start your own group, for whatever purpose, by going to the main
yahoo groups page, and click on "start a new group".
I hope you find this helpful in reducing your mailbox clutter. PLEASE
feel free to forward, copy, or retain the information in this message
for your own purposes and use it to help others who are experiencing
similar problems. If you are a group moderator, you can even have the
body of this message automatically sent to new list members who join,
so they will be familiar with what they dealing with from the start.
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