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May 03, 2005
Yahoo! Group Disappears Into the Ether ...
SciFiNoir was a web community/discussion list formed on Yahoo! in December, 1999, and had nearly 500 members. It was a discussion list for speculative fiction topics ranging from Anime to Zardoz.
Last Friday, April 29th, this long running discussion list and its archives simply disappeared in the ether when Yahoo! cancelled the group's existence. No warning or reason was given, though the group speculates it was related to series of posts regarding the Star Trek/Pedophilia issue (LA Times Claim About Pedophiles Wrong).
Five years of posts, artwork, stories, etc., simply gone, apparently at the whim of Yahoo! What the heck is Yahoo! thinking? I can see reasons that posts and even entire groups would be eliminated, but shouldn't there be a little more care taken when such a decision to eliminate a long running group is made? Should the entire history of the discussion group just disappear? Shouldn't an offer be made to allow the group history to be archived somewhere else?
Sad, sad, sad.
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