Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Transitioning from the XODP Yahoo! eGroup to the XODP Blog

For just over five years, I have been using Yahoo! Groups (aka Yahoo! eGroups, formerly eGroups) as a venue for the XODP Yahoo! eGroup, a think tank and free speech forum for progressive ideas about how the Internet should be indexed. In the beginning, eGroups served me quite well, and the transition to Yahoo! Groups went fairly smoothly when eGroups was acquired by Yahoo! However, I have been planning to archive discussions from the XODP Yahoo! eGroup on the XODP.NET domain for quite some time, and for the last couple of years I have been wondering whether a blog might better serve my purposes than a Yahoo! eGroup. And when I woke up this morning, I quickly stumbled upon some developments at the XODP Yahoo! eGroup that made me realize that it was time to start the transition.

While trying to link to a post on the XODP Yahoo! eGroup this morning, I stumbled upon two posts that were missing. (See Missing XODP Post 2408 and Missing XODP Post 2420). My first thought was, "Omigod! My Yahoo! account has been hacked!" So I changed my Yahoo! password and began looking through the editing logs at the XODP Yahoo! eGroup to see if I could figure out if my account had in fact been compromised. That's when I discovered that the powers that be at Yahoo! had silently deleted the two posts in question that very morning, or at least that's how it appears from the XODP Yahoo! eGroup editing logs. Once I realized that my Yahoo! account hadn't actually been hacked, I was somewhat relieved, and I resolved myself to set up an XODP blog, look for other deleted posts on the XODP Yahoo! eGroup, and archive any and all material that might have been deleted from the XODP Yahoo! eGroup on the XODP.NET domain.

For the record, I accept the fact that Yahoo! has the right to set up and enforce policies as it sees fit, just as I have the right to move XODP to another venue. And, needless to say, whoever prompted Yahoo! to censor these posts in the hope that they could silence me were wrong. All they did was stir up a hornet's nest.

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