After 10 years (October 1998) of having the BIW list group at Yahoo Groups they up and deleted the group without notice or explanation. It just boggles the mind that ten years of posts, over 600 a month, are gone forever. I have a message out to tech support but from what I’ve been reading online I don’t expect to ever hear from them.
I’ve heard stories like this from people, some our own members, of sudden disappearances of groups and ID’s for no reason but I never actually expected it to happen. I realize it is a free service but really, ten years of advertising them and I couldn’t get one email of explanation?
Moving forward. The good thing is that there are still a few weeks before the December BIW begins (December 8). Thank you for your patience as I work through this.
Update: Saturday morning – I received a form message from yahoo, not surprising, that didn’t really answer anything. Since then I’ve been in the process of making other arrangements which I think, in the long run, will be better for the group. I hope to have a new community setup on the BIW website by the December BIW. It will ultimately be a better solution with less mail and the opportunity for more interaction. Please send me your name and email so I can add you to the membership list when the time comes. Stay tuned, more to come.
Update: Sunday – Yeah, we have a new community set up! At least the basics. I’ll spend the next week doing some tweaking and then start contacting members. If I don’t contact you by December 3 please email using the contact email at the website.
Update for November 29: The basics for the new community is in place and I have a few members doing a test run. The whole month of December will probably be a big test run but we’re up and moving forward. Thank you for your patience! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.