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    FYI, from the jumptheshark yahoo group i lurk at: From: Randall Crawford Date: Fri Aug 1, 2003 4:46 am Subject: It s the end of the
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      FYI, from the jumptheshark yahoo group i lurk at:

      From: Randall Crawford <poppaspank@y...>
      Date: Fri Aug 1, 2003 4:46 am
      Subject: It's the end of the world (as we know it).




      Hey kids! Guess What!

      Here's a nifty disappearing trick.

      If you are reading this message before August 7th,
      following these introductory remarks will be an
      attached message, a copy of the Special Notice Yahoo
      has sent to all group moderators about
      Exciting! New! Changes!
      which are being implemented as part of their ongoing
      effort to provide "high quality service".
      Chiefly among these changes:

      "Message attachments: Yahoo will continue to deliver
      all attachments sent via e-mail, however, the
      attachments will no longer be archived in the Messages
      area...
      After August 7th all attachments in the messages area
      will be removed and Yahoo will be unable to retrieve
      such data."

      There's more cool stuff, like telling group owners if
      they want to preserve the attachments in their message
      section they have about six days to move it all to
      their Photos or Files sections.

      Now for the group I moderate, Bound_To_Please, this
      will have very little affect. There are over 800
      pictures in the Photos section folders, only about 44
      in the message archives.

      For many other "photo trading" groups, which have
      hundreds or thousands of pictures in the message
      section and few or none in the photos and file areas,
      this change will be devastating.

      But here at Jump The Shark people very rarely attach
      pictures to thier messages. So this won't affect us,
      right?

      Welll... it doesn't say photos, it says "attachments."

      So, if you come to the JTS group site and click on
      "reply" or "Post" and write a message here, your
      message will continue to be archived.

      If you write an e-mail message and send it to
      JumpTheShark@yahoogroups.com
      it will continue to be archived.

      However, if you write something on your computer using
      WordPad, NotePad or any word processing software, save
      it as a file, then attach that file to an e-mail AS AN
      ATTACHMENT... or if you have been in the practice of
      doing that in the past... then those messages will be
      GONE as of 8/7/03.

      Are you happy about this? Does it seem like a good
      idea to you? Do you object? Well, fageddaboutit.

      Kiddos, it's not time to panic. That time is past.

      At one time every message (except a few deleted
      flamers) ever sent to this group was archived in the
      messages area. In less than one week that time will be
      over.

      Another quote from the Yahoo Special Notification:
      "Please do not reply to this message via e-mail, as
      responses will not be read.
      Sincerely, The Yahoo! Groups Team"

      Very nice, but at least they mean it sincerely. Oh
      well, they're a business, not a democracy.

      In case I'm over-reacting or have mis-interpreted
      their message, here is the complete text, as an
      attachment.

      If I'm right you have until midnight on August 7th to
      read it, then it will be gone.

      ...what the YaHell?

      - Poppaspank -

      (attached message follows...?)
      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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      From: "Yahoo! Groups"

      Subject: Important Yahoo! Groups Service Changes

      Dear Yahoo! Groups Moderator,

      IMPORTANT NOTICE:
      You are receiving this notice because you are a
      moderator of one or more groups. As part of our
      efforts to ensure that all Yahoo! Groups users
      enjoy the same high-quality service, we will
      implement the following service changes on
      Aug. 7, 2003:

      - Message Attachments: Yahoo! Groups will
      continue to deliver all attachments sent via
      email, however, the attachments will no longer
      be archived within the Messages area. You may
      continue to upload files and images to the Files
      and Photos areas of your groups. Please
      re-upload any attachments you would like to
      preserve to the Photos or Files area. After
      08-07-03 all attachments will be removed,
      and Yahoo! will be unable to retrieve such data.

      - Add Members: The "Add Members" feature will
      now allow you to add 10 new members per day (e.g.,
      the ability to directly add your friends and family
      to your group). You may still use the "Invite
      Members"feature to invite others to join your
      group.

      - Files and Photos: Groups web membership will be
      required to access a group's Files and Photos
      areas.

      Thank you for your support as we make these
      changes that will allow us to continue offering a
      compelling, high quality, free service. For more
      details on the service changes described above,
      please visit our help section
      http://help.yahoo.com/groups/groups-56.html.

      Please do not reply to this message via email, as
      responses will not be read.

      Sincerely,
      The Yahoo! Groups Team
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