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moderated Re: Paid vs free policy- request

Ken Schweizer
 

Hi Mark,

 

This is one Ken who is appreciative of what you have done and made available to us. I have never been accused of being a progressive, but this is your endeavor and you have a right to charge or not charge whoever or whatever you want. All of us who use the service you are providing always has the option to leave if we really disagree with your policies, but those who just want a free pass should either keep their thoughts to themselves or outright say "me too".

 

Again, thanks.

Ken

 

"And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." God

 

From: main@beta.groups.io [mailto:main@beta.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mark Fletcher
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2019 11:25 AM
To: main@beta.groups.io
Subject: Re: [beta] Paid vs free policy- request

 

Hi Ken,

 

On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 7:50 PM Ken Kloeber via Groups.Io <KWKloeber=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:


Is your group associated with Indivisible? Please contact support, and we will upgrade your group to Premium for free.

VERY inappropriate!  And suggest/request it be removed. Or rename the io platform to make it clear that it is a politically oriented platform.

I don't think I can add anything that hasn't already been said much better by others, especially Barry's comment about companies and the decisions they make.

 

I will say that I've tried to make it easy for groups and users to export all their data should they want to leave. I don't want anyone to feel hoodwinked and trapped. No shenanigans here.

 

I'm happy to continue discussing, but beta probably isn't the place for it. I'll be locking the topic soon.

 

Thanks,

Mark


moderated Re: Feature Request: Zapier Integration #suggestion

Bob Fulton <pastpresident@...>
 

www.Zapier.com is a popular plug-and-play integration builder with over 1,500 apps participating so far. It would involve a simple configuration around your existing API to be one of the participating apps. Others, like myself, could then build “Zaps” between the various apps. Would add a lot of value to your Premium offering.

 

From: main@beta.groups.io <main@beta.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mark Fletcher
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2019 10:27 AM
To: main@beta.groups.io
Subject: Re: [beta] Feature Request: Zapier Integration #featurerequest

 

On Mon, May 20, 2019 at 9:09 AM Bob Fulton <pastpresident@...> wrote:

Like no doubt many in the user base of groups.io, we are a closed membership organization. We are investigating utilizing groups.io in parallel with our membership system. While the email interface is a flexible tool, it inherently allows only one-way integration (into groups.io)

Are there plans or interest in a Zapier integration option to automate group.io membership functions?

_

I only have a cursory familiarity with Zapier. Is it something that could be configured to use our API, which is at https://groups.io/api?

 

Thanks,

Mark 


moderated Re: Feature Request: Zapier Integration #suggestion

 

On Mon, May 20, 2019 at 9:09 AM Bob Fulton <pastpresident@...> wrote:

Like no doubt many in the user base of groups.io, we are a closed membership organization. We are investigating utilizing groups.io in parallel with our membership system. While the email interface is a flexible tool, it inherently allows only one-way integration (into groups.io)

Are there plans or interest in a Zapier integration option to automate group.io membership functions?

_
I only have a cursory familiarity with Zapier. Is it something that could be configured to use our API, which is at https://groups.io/api?

Thanks,
Mark 


moderated Re: Paid vs free policy- request

 

Hi Ken,

On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 7:50 PM Ken Kloeber via Groups.Io <KWKloeber=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Is your group associated with Indivisible? Please contact support, and we will upgrade your group to Premium for free.

VERY inappropriate!  And suggest/request it be removed. Or rename the io platform to make it clear that it is a politically oriented platform.

I don't think I can add anything that hasn't already been said much better by others, especially Barry's comment about companies and the decisions they make.

I will say that I've tried to make it easy for groups and users to export all their data should they want to leave. I don't want anyone to feel hoodwinked and trapped. No shenanigans here.

I'm happy to continue discussing, but beta probably isn't the place for it. I'll be locking the topic soon.

Thanks,
Mark


moderated Feature Request - Excluding selected few members and their posts, files and photos

Prasad <ad_prasad@...>
 

Mark

Can you add a feature where a Yahoo Group owner gives a list of members who have declared their opposition to the move to GIO and therefore, they are excluded from the transfer including all their identifiable data such as their email addresses, posts, files, photos, etc.? 

Adding this feature will facilitate us to initiate a move to transfer a Yahoo Group that has 9800 members. We are ready with crowd funding financing to pay for the Premier level group but we are hesitating due to politically charged environment caused. 

My apologies if this is a re-post. I had tried posting a while ago but unable to find my post. 

Prasad

[Mod note: Beta is set to moderate new users, which is why your original post didn't appear right away]


moderated Feature Request: Zapier Integration #suggestion

Bob Fulton <pastpresident@...>
 

Like no doubt many in the user base of groups.io, we are a closed membership organization. We are investigating utilizing groups.io in parallel with our membership system. While the email interface is a flexible tool, it inherently allows only one-way integration (into groups.io)

Are there plans or interest in a Zapier integration option to automate group.io membership functions?


moderated Re: Paid vs free policy- request

 

Bob,
It seems to me that you, Ken are attempting to make foment and advance your political political agenda.
Completely agree. I'm only following this discussion and I'm not intending by any means to take sides here, but I really agree with you. Well said.

Cheers,
Marcio AKA Starboy

Sent from a galaxy far, far away.


moderated Re: Paid vs free policy- request

Bob Bellizzi
 

Hear, hear!  Well Said.  As a codicil to that I intend to refrain from further comment and adopt an old British custom in relation to KK of shunning the author of our discord in this matter.
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Bob Bellizzi


moderated Re: Paid vs free policy- request

 

Amen on both counts, and well-said!


On May 20, 2019, at 7:56 AM, Barry Winer via Groups.Io <bmwiner@...> wrote:

For whatever it's worth, I'd love to add one factual comment and one opinion I'm qualified to share.

First the latter; my opinion.  We moved our group from Yahoo to groups.io a few months ago for one simple reason.  That being that Yahoo Groups have been in decline for years, aren't getting the attention of the parent company given what must be assumed is corporate apathy and other priorities.  After doing a fair bit of research on alternative options, we chose groups.io believing it the best-of-breed solution available.  Started with a free pilot and moved to premium maybe a month in.  Everything we've experienced in these first few months supports our belief that we made a great decision migrating here.  Groups.io is a uniquely effective, well-built and well-managed platform.  Mark needs to know that some number (presumably most or nearly all?) of us feel this way and are super appreciative of what he has built that enables great connectivity and community.

And the factual bit.  On the concern raised, I'd just note that there are a great many Fortune 500, and smaller, companies that take all kinds of positions on a great many issues beyond their own business or market foci.  Some decide to locate facilities in certain markets or pull out of certain markets due to concerns not informed by the usual business analyses. Some issue statements for public consumption to influence or participate in causes they consider important. This is all clearly protected by the 1st Amendment and, more to the point as most surely realize, for-profit companies do this all the time embracing whatever point of view out of concern or belief.  At the same time, of course also true that any prospective or actual customer can choose to buy or not buy from any provider of anything and for any reason.

Thank you, Mark. And, thanks to all of you who help manage and support this forum. Beyond the web and keyboards, groups.io matters quite a lot and that importance and relevance will only grow with time.  Personally, I hope Groups.io becomes as big and successful as the founder and owner wishes it to be.  


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moderated Re: Paid vs free policy- request

Barry_M
 

For whatever it's worth, I'd love to add one factual comment and one opinion I'm qualified to share.

First the latter; my opinion.  We moved our group from Yahoo to groups.io a few months ago for one simple reason.  That being that Yahoo Groups have been in decline for years, aren't getting the attention of the parent company given what must be assumed is corporate apathy and other priorities.  After doing a fair bit of research on alternative options, we chose groups.io believing it the best-of-breed solution available.  Started with a free pilot and moved to premium maybe a month in.  Everything we've experienced in these first few months supports our belief that we made a great decision migrating here.  Groups.io is a uniquely effective, well-built and well-managed platform.  Mark needs to know that some number (presumably most or nearly all?) of us feel this way and are super appreciative of what he has built that enables great connectivity and community.

And the factual bit.  On the concern raised, I'd just note that there are a great many Fortune 500, and smaller, companies that take all kinds of positions on a great many issues beyond their own business or market foci.  Some decide to locate facilities in certain markets or pull out of certain markets due to concerns not informed by the usual business analyses. Some issue statements for public consumption to influence or participate in causes they consider important. This is all clearly protected by the 1st Amendment and, more to the point as most surely realize, for-profit companies do this all the time embracing whatever point of view out of concern or belief.  At the same time, of course also true that any prospective or actual customer can choose to buy or not buy from any provider of anything and for any reason.

Thank you, Mark. And, thanks to all of you who help manage and support this forum. Beyond the web and keyboards, groups.io matters quite a lot and that importance and relevance will only grow with time.  Personally, I hope Groups.io becomes as big and successful as the founder and owner wishes it to be.  


moderated Re: Paid vs free policy- request

Glenn Glazer
 

Ken,

I think it is "VERY inappropriate" of you to tell Mark how to run his business. This is not a feature request you have made. Mark solely owns and operates groups.io and as others have remarked, it is his to run as he so chooses. If he chooses to support a cause, that's his business and it has nothing to do with how a groups.io group functions.

Best,

Glenn
P.S. The attempt to suppress political speech is, in and of itself, political speech. So you are doing exactly what you claim to be wrong.

On 5/19/2019 19:50, Ken Kloeber via Groups.Io wrote:
Mark,
I became aware of this from a discussion on the GMF:

Is your group associated with Indivisible? Please contact support, and we will upgrade your group to Premium for free.

VERY inappropriate!  And suggest/request it be removed. Or rename the io platform to make it clear that it is a politically oriented platform.

If you want to support or promote ANY political agenda you should do so privately and not via policies on io. Yes, it’s your baby but it should remain neutral.  The members’, users’, and paid or unpaid groups’ leanings, left right center up or down, is their own business, as YOURS should also be. 

And BTW, it’s no indication whether I support (or don’t) Indivisible


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moderated Re: Paid vs free policy- request

Bruce Bowman
 

On Mon, May 20, 2019 at 02:56 AM, Ken Kloeber wrote:
But the alternate request is that to be fair to users, MF should be upfront (painfully so) and make it clear before suckering folks over from Y! what ALL the conditions are if he doesn’t want to keep his baby neutral. That’s not unreasonable.
And I can't speak for others, but I for one do not believe that my groups have been "suckered over from Yahoo." 

Regards,
Bruce


moderated Re: Paid vs free policy- request

 

What “conditions” are you referring to? There are no “conditions” for groups.io membership other than the TOU. 

Mark’s exhortation not to debate feature requests was about feature requests. Which this isn’t.


On May 19, 2019, at 11:56 PM, Ken Kloeber via Groups.Io <KWKloeber@...> wrote:

Dave

1. You must have missed the post long ago that this isn’t supposed to a popularity poll or to debate what one person or another personally thinks of a request. That’s MF’s business to decide whether or not to act. 

2. I said, “it’s his baby” (did you disagree with that also or only the words you did read?)  But the alternate request is that to be fair to users, MF should be upfront (painfully so) and make it clear before suckering folks over from Y! what ALL the conditions are if he doesn’t want to keep his baby neutral. That’s not unreasonable. If it is, then Mark you indeed have a hidden political agenda, as the member involved in the discussion claims. 


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moderated Re: Paid vs free policy- request

KWKloeber
 

Dave

1. You must have missed the post long ago that this isn’t supposed to a popularity poll or to debate what one person or another personally thinks of a request. That’s MF’s business to decide whether or not to act. 

2. I said, “it’s his baby” (did you disagree with that also or only the words you did read?)  But the alternate request is that to be fair to users, MF should be upfront (painfully so) and make it clear before suckering folks over from Y! what ALL the conditions are if he doesn’t want to keep his baby neutral. That’s not unreasonable. If it is, then Mark you indeed have a hidden political agenda, as the member involved in the discussion claims. 


moderated Re: Paid vs free policy- request

dave w
 

Disagree.
Its his business.
Dont like it- well you know....
davew


moderated Re: Feature Requests

 

On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 09:04 PM, John Russell wrote:
apply moderation to uploads of files and/or photos
Almost forgot: that's also been requested and is on the todo list. There's a "trello" list somewhere of planned features (or there used to be), but I don't use it.
 
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moderated Re: Feature Requests

 

On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 09:04 PM, John Russell wrote:
The last request seems clear to me - Automatic notification to owners and moderators
That's the original request, and it was requested long ago and I think has been on the todo list for a long time as part of the planned "notification overhaul."
 
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moderated Re: Editing a Post to Add/Remove Attachments

KWKloeber
 

On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 10:34 AM, Dennis - WU6X wrote:
It would be nice to be able to add or delete an attachment to an existing post. Maybe this exists, but I could not find a way to attach a pix, anywhere in the "EDIT" menus, to one of my existing posts. Cheers, Dennis
Has this gotten any further consideration (other than the tit for tat that had ensued :-) ).  

Ive just run across several instances where manipulating attachments (PDFs) and pix needed to be included when message editing and couldn’t.  I wasn’t even able to paste a link to the url of the  PDFs (as a poor workaround.). I could explain why this was needed (but it’s irrelevant to the request to add that feature to editing.)

Thx. 


moderated RE : [beta] Feature Requests

JediPirx
 

These features are available with YahooGroups, and for those
transitioning to Groups.io, you will miss them.

I had intended to request the exact same items that Ms V did.
They are valid, and help moderators and users alike.

Having a valid reason for subscribing to a group helps the
moderator(s) filter out the idiots, spammers, and mindless
individuals. This issue of undesirable candidates is a
constant issue for my group.

"Joined" vs "Applied For" is self explanatory.

Notification of uploads makes members aware of changes, and
also shows the group is still alive. In YahooGroups, this is
a checkbox in the upload window.

Please consider these requests. Thank you.

Stan

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Subject : [beta] Feature Requests
Date : Thu, 16 May 2019 14:15:52 +0200
From : Victoria via Groups.Io <dr.vcaesar=netcologne.de@groups.io>
To : main@beta.groups.io

Hi,

I pick up some old requests frequently asked for, since I find them
essential for group management and miss them very much :

-When applying for membership to group make available an option to
add a sentence or two as to *why s.o. is applying*.

-After application is completed the term “*joined” is misleading*.
*“Applied for”* or s.th.similar would be more helpful. *“Joined”*
makes sense when application is approved and membership is achieved.

-*Automatic notification*to owners and moderators *when files, photos
are uploaded* would be very helpful in order to avoid unfitting or
misleading uploads. This should be an *optional feature* to be chosen
in “notifications”.

Best wishes

Victoria


moderated Re: Feature Requests

John Russell
 

The last request seems clear to me - Automatic notification to owners and moderators when files, photos are uploaded would be very helpful in order to avoid unfitting or misleading uploads. This should be an optional feature to be chosen in “notifications”.

This is quite different to the current feature which allows members to choose to send a message to all members of the group on each upload.

The problem with automatic emails generated to the owner/moderator on uploading is that this could be a lot of emails if one member uploads many files or photos. A more important issue is that if they should not have been uploaded (because they break the policy of the group for such uploads), then the horse has already left the stable. Later deletion of the file or photo after the members have been notified by email of the uploaded file or photo is too late.

I would prefer to have an optional feature (default value off, to preserve the current situation) to apply moderation to uploads of files and/or photos. This would then queue the uploads and allow owners or moderators to decline or allow them, with or without messages to the original poster (just like moderating messages). In addition to applying moderation, would be the option to generate an email so that the owner/moderator is informed of the file or photo waiting in the moderation queue (default off to preserve the current situation).

Regards

John Russell

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