Caution regarding "Grouply" meta-group service
- A knowledgeable member of this group sent me this email:
an invitation he received to join Grouply. I have also received
these, and do not plan to join it, partly because of these privacy
I have received, off-list, and unsolicited, the following message:
We share the MarklinBandG group. I want to add you as a friend
in Grouply so you can see my profile with my pictures, my groups,
and my favorite group messages.
Here is the link: [link omitted]
Grouply is a matter of some controversy. See, e.g.,
Briefly, in order to join Grouply, you must tell Grouply your
YahooID and password. Grouply also overrides any privacy
settings that you have established at Yahoo.
I read a number of train-oriented Yahoogroups in addition to
this one. On many of those groups, the moderators have
asked people *not* to join Grouply due to the privacy concerns.
Among other things, the entire archives of lists may become
available to people who are not list members, making it easy
to harvest list members' email addresses for the purposes of
I myself will not be joining Grouply.