locked Re: Why can't we forward messages?
I remember that Yahoo used to let members forward messages to someoneThat option disappeared when Yahoo found that spammers were abusing it. They could post a spam message in their own group - or any loosely moderated group - and then use a program to feed their entire mailing list through the Forward feature, one addressee at a time.
(As told by Gordon Strause, then Y!Groups Product Manager. Yahoo Groups was at that time facing a lot of issues due to programs written to exploit its features. A lot of features disappeared or became severely restricted because of that.)
So forwarding is actually fine in some of my groups. It inconveniencesIn groups with public archives that is often the attitude, though it would probably be advisable to make sure that all of the members understand the policy.
Back at the time the Forwarding feature was removed from Y!Groups I suggested the "Send To Me" feature as a suitable replacement (because it would be useless for sending spam to other people's address). But that was never implemented.
At a minimum, allowing moderators to forward would be particularlyIt is probably best to simply reject the message back to the sender with an explanation. I would feel uncomfortable revealing to the intended recipient that a third party (me) had seen the information. Unless I knew the parties relatively well.