Yahoo! Groups

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Name: Yahoo! Groups (Yahoo!Groups, Yahoogroups, YahooGroups)
Owner/Maintainer: Yahoo!
Dates: 1998 - present
Type: Email list/internet forum provider
Fandom: any
URL: groups.yahoo.com
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Yahoo! Groups is a discussion board/mailing list provider.

Yahoo acquired the previously merged eGroups/ONEList (Nov 1999) in August 2000, and a few months later merged these groups with Yahoo! Clubs into one service.

History

Yahoo! Clubs

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Launched in 1998.

eGroups Merger

ONElist and eGroups were two other free mailing list services, both founded in 1998.[1] They merged in November 1999.

Less than a year later, in August 2000, Yahoo bought the merged eGroups. Shortly thereafter, Yahoo announced Yahoo! Groups, which would merge Yahoo! Clubs with eGroups technology.[2] Yahoo! Groups launched in early 2001 and Yahoo! Clubs and eGroups lists were merged into Yahoo! Groups at that time.[3]

Policy Changes for Adult Groups

Yahoo! Groups removed "adult" lists from the search directory in 2001 (many groups containing fanfic were marked adult and are now impossible to find unless you already know their exact names).[4]

Fandom Activity

Fandom uses Yahoo! Groups for various purposes, for example as discussion groups, or as fandom, topic or author specific mailing lists for fanfic.

  • Yuletide uses Yahoo! Groups for the pinch hitters list. In 2009, elyn had her account suspended as suspected spam, and there were a couple of days' delay before it was reinstated.
  • The Heyerlist moved to Yahoo! Groups in December 2009, having previously been on their own Listserv.

(need notes about notable or large fannish groups, plus groups deleted by yahoo)

Impact On Fandom

Prior to mailing lists, the majority of fannish interactions happened in print with zines, apazines and letterzines or in person. With the introduction of the Usenet fandom entered into the virtual arena and extended its reach to a broader base. Mailing lists, like Yahoo Groups, allowed fans to create a more customized and controlled fandom experience. This had both positive and negative impact on fandom.

"Back in the day, especially on Usenet, there was a larger sense of fandom. Slashers, shippers, and those who couldn't care less who's banging who all co-existed on the same newsgroup. Oh yeah, there were fights, but fandom was a lot more interesting back then because you were exposed to more opinions. With the advent of OneList and it's many evolutions, fandom started to become much more factionalized as each fandom had dozens of lists. Now fandoms have dozens of communities. Slashers never have to be exposed to shippers, and vice versa. It cuts down on shipper wars, sure, but I think it robs of a sense of truly being a fandom." ~ Anonymous comment on fail_fandomanon, dated August 15, 2010

Notes

  1. ONELIST AND EGROUPS ANNOUNCE MERGER at onelist.com, 09 November 1999. (Archived 28 November 1999 by the Wayback Machine.)
  2. Yahoo! Groups FAQ, archived 24 January 2001 by the Wayback Machine.
  3. See also Special Announcement for Yahoo! Clubs Members, archived 28 November 2001 by the Wayback Machine.
  4. From wikipedia:Yahoo! Groups, accessed on 5/20/2009