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I’ve only been aware of this Grouply thing since Wed (06 Feb), and already I’m sick to death of it. As a Yahoo! Groups owner and moderator, I strongly resent the additional work to which Grouply’s misguided “efficiency” has subjected me (and virtually all other owners/mods as well) — my groups are structured to protect the privacy and security of each community, and Grouply evidently has some gaping security issues that allow non-members to access group content. 4:23 pm MT, ETA: thank you to Mark Robins, co-founder/CEO of Grouply, for addressing one of these issues relatively quickly — users who are pending approval no longer have instant access to that group’s content BEFORE their request to join is approved. One down, about 5 more to go…

Yahoo! Groups are NOT all social “hey, let’s get together and talk about our favourite movies”-type groups, and to illustrate the problem w/assuming that they are, let’s imagine for a minute that I’m a member of a cancer support group who meet in person; at our next meeting, we’re told that there are people watching us — we won’t be able to see them or interact w/them in any way, but they can see and hear everything that any member of that group chooses to share, whether it be triumph or tragedy, no matter how personal… think that might affect the dynamic of our support group? As another VERY unhappy group owner/mod put it: “if we wanted Facebook, we’d go there”; we’re not all looking for THAT kind of social interaction in our Yahoo! Groups, and Grouply’s erroneous assumption that owners/mods would embrace this kind of intrusion is more than just a little off-putting.

Mark, Rich, et al: you have some major PR issues here, gentlemen, and as deeply as you’ve stepped in it, I don’t see how you can gracefully extricate yourselves, but I’ll wish you luck trying anyway…

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