Additional info: need a member to handle the group
- FYI: Typically I spend 5 minutes per day per group maintaining them.
By the way, the group may want to use the group's web "Poll" feature
to do the group vote (or not).
When I was starting out, I went to 'yahoo help' for answers. Its good
reference material (like reading the
manual). Now that I have been 'driving around' these groups for years,
most of what is needed to maintain them is
not very much. Once people are 'in', I do not need to do much, or
First of all, this is an opportunity for the group to make changes
they may have wanted to make for a while:
i.e.: how hard it is to get into the group.
Currently there is a petition process to join the group, which for
some it may seem overkill. But once a member
is in, I am basically hands off. Only one major issue comes to mind
when a dealer (in a different group) had to
be removed even though they had agreed to not blatantly troll for more
business (this changes the favor of the
The petition could be turned off and then it would be up to you how
you handle new members, choices:
-make the group wide open (anyone can join at anytime): not
recommended, there are way-too many
automated/scripted spammers out there
-put the new member in a pending status until approved (currently in
place) and you can make the judgment call
from there (difficult, spammers are creative and sneaky)
-allow new members in, but make their subscription put member's posts
in a pending status (does not actually post
until you approve them - this is what the sparrow_ev team does). Once
the new member has proven they are real and
not a spammer, then the member's posting status could be changed to
By the way, there are people that want to be members that want to talk
conversion EVs or are joining to 'learn'
EVs. Currently, I have a ' pending member subscription ' file (in the
files area all can see) that explains the
group's focus, preference, and redirects EV-noobs to the EV List. This
also can change if the group so desires:
change the group to let everyone in; not just Solectria owners/interested
As you can see 99.9% of my group effort was to keep it clean. The
duties you will have to regularly spend time on
is to handle new memberships or if the group is wide open: removing &
blocking spammers; removing all the links,
files, and other entries they have scripts to instantly put on a yahoo
I spend 5 minutes per day per group doing this.
As it has been posted, this group is a pretty self maintaining (and
smart/cool) bunch. There will likely be
little to do but handle the new memberships.
[I pray this group does not get taken over by spammers like the
ranger_ev group I lost control over. I had to
make a ranger-ev group to replace it, and implemented the petition
process that stopped spammers cold.