25778Yahoo Screws Electronic Petitions
- Sep 25, 2013I belong to a number of electronic petition websites - mainly concerning animal abuse &/or human rights.
After signing each one - by logging in, having my name and address auto-filled, and then clicking on [Send] - I am then usually offered the additional option to send a short email to friends asking them to sign the petition too.
So I click on [Email Your Friends]. This is then supposed to open the preferred / default mail system in Compose mode, insert a suitable Subject and short explanatory text into the Body.
One such petition was at:
So I clicked on [Email Your Friends] behind which was the URL:
http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/?Subj=Anti-gay%20violence%20in%20Cameroon%20-%20I've%20signed,%20can%20you?&Body="Hi, I’ve signed All Out’s petition to demand Cameroon’s President Paul Biya help stop anti-gay attacks, end the law that makes it a crime to be gay, and free all people in jail because of who they love." ... snip ...
BUT ALL I GOT WAS A BLANK PAGE BECAUSE YAHOO - IN ITS QUESTIONABLE WISDOM - HAS CHANGED THE WAY IT COMPOSES EMAILS. NO LONGER IS IT POSSIBLE TO OPEN YAHOO MAIL IN COMPOSE MODE VIA A DYNAMICALLY GENERATED URL. SO NO LONGER IS IT POSSIBLE TO SEND EMAILS TO FRIENDS ABOUT ISSUES WHICH PETITIONS ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS AND GAIN SUPPORT FOR.
AND - THIS PERTAINS TO ALL PETITION SITES. APPALLING.
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