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|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:48:30 -0700 (PDT)|
One of the things that made the change from Yahoo to Groups.io possible was that they transferred all our lists from Yahoo. I created a main group for all members and subgroups for each of the team and special interest lists. Anyone on the main list can join or send a message to a subgroup. This is helpful because each subscriber to the main list has a list of the subgroups on their Groups.io homepage. And they can send a message to a group without joining the group. Most frequently this is an information message to meeting facilitators or the board. Groups.io handled all the transfers seamlessly. I think our main list set up 2 years before we moved in was ~4,000 messages. The only possible bother was if we combined two groups, the messages were renumbered. But the dates were still there so it was no problem. At that time, it was not clear that Yahoo groups was going to survive another transition, some groups were not working for up to a month at a time, people from different parts of the country had different levels of service. Yahoo had not decided to ditch groups but was providing no support. It was not clear when they would make a decision. I had managed a few groups on Google and found the job of the moderator to be more onerous — requiring more click throughs to complete routine actions. All the moderators of one large list of 3000+ members find Groups.io much easier to moderate. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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