RE: [afgen] The African genealogy discussion forum
- On behalf of the SA National Archives, I am interested in this group,
but the Yahoo issue was a major problem for us and our IT administrators
blocked it entirely.
Dr. Graham Dominy
National Archives and Records Service of South Africa
24 Hamilton Street
Private Bag X236
0001 South Africa
Tel. +27 (0)12 323 5300
Fax: +27 (0)12 324 2855
From: Steve Hayes [mailto:hayesstw@...]
Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 8:08 AM
Subject: [afgen] The African genealogy discussion forum
On 13 May 2006 this discussion forum was crippled by Yahoo!, so that I
unable, as owner/moderator, to manage the forum or access the membership
Some of you will have received a monthly notice inviting you to
the forum, and to invite others to do so. Please be aware that these
are sent out automatically, and that I have no control over the sending
them or of their content.
If a YahooGroup is inactive for a long time, it can be removed, and so
messages were originally intended as a reminder to me and to other
to participate in the group.
I see three possibilities for the future of this group:
1. That Yahoo! will restore full functionality to the group.
2. That Yahoo! will allow the group to continue in its present
3. That Yahoo! will arbitrarily remove the group.
Naturally I would prefer the first, but I am not particularly hopeful
is likely to happen.
The third possibility is most likely, in accordance with the Yahoo terms
service, which, with the high-flown language stripped, state that Yahoo!
discontinue any service, for any reason, at their sole discretion, as
have done in this case.
After 6 weeks of trying to find out what was happening, I finally got a
from Yahoo! that stated this.
Your Yahoo! account was disabled pursuant to the Yahoo! GeoCities Terms
Service (TOS). You agreed to abide by the TOS when you created your
GeoCities account. The TOS can be found for your review at:
and provides in relevant part: "You agree that Yahoo!, in its sole
discretion, may terminate your password, Yahoo! GeoCities site, use of
Service or use of any other Yahoo! service, and remove and discard any
Content within the Service, for any reason..."
The only reason that I can think of is that before I went out in the
I allowed an outfit called Plaxo to copy my Yahoo! address book, in
provided automatic updates of addresses, and when I returned home my
account no longer seemed to be working.
Or at least some things worked, and some things didn't. The automated
still go out to the YahooGroups. Reminders still reach me regularly from
Yahoo! Calendar, but most of the other things don't work, like the
maintain YahooGroups, or even appoint co-moderators to maintain them.
If this group does suddenly disappear, and you wish to contact me for
reason, you can do so at the following web page, or at any of the
at the bottom of the page:
Searching for: HAYES, GROWDEN, VAUSE, HANNAN, STOOKE
COTTAM, GREEN, PEARSON, FALKENBERG & more
Yahoo! Groups Links
- On 7 Jul 2006 at 12:37, Graham Dominy wrote:
> On behalf of the SA National Archives, I am interested in this group,Unfortunately the Yahoo terms of service make it impossible for YahooGroups
> but the Yahoo issue was a major problem for us and our IT administrators
> blocked it entirely.
to be used for any serious academic or historical purpose, since it is clear
that they can (and do) arbitrarily shut down services for any reason or no
reason at all.
Dr Stephen Hayes
Freelance writer, editor, missiologist and teacher
PO Box 7648, Pretoria, 0001 South Africa
Tel 012-333-6727 or 083-342-3563