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locked #bug Large posts in HTML #bug

Technotronic Dimensions
 

Today a member posted a long 35K message via email that was in HTML. It seemed not all of it was processed, as
the email we got from the group led us to believe there was even more to read, because the normal footer appended to all the group messages was not there,
and the [ Group name ] part of the subject line was also not there.

Is this a setting correctable in the group settings ? Some of it seems to me that its inadvertently triggered a bug.


moderated Re: Need different nomenclature of the transfer queue

Judy F.
 

Thank you Bruce, I am one of those that misunderstood what the step 3 meant.  I also thought we only had two more steps to go before we were transferred.  I also learned that only the owner or I guess
the person that set up the transfer could see the status.  That's kind of confusing also. 

I am the owner of the SewWhatEmbroiderySoftware group and the moderator of the SewItsForSale group. 

Judy F.
SW Florida - USA


moderated Re: #request to add group #icon to the Home Page

Jim Wilson
 

I tried to find if anyone had done so. I guess I guess I didn't look hard enough. Agree, though. I am making a list of relatively minor things that are mostly aesthetic in nature.


moderated Re: Need different nomenclature of the transfer queue

 

On Sat, Nov 2, 2019 at 9:07 PM Bruce Bowman <bruce.bowman@...> wrote:
We have people in GMF who are confusing "Step 3" in the transfer queue status (where it is counting down your group's position in the queue) with "Step 3" of the transfer instructions (where you are waiting for the transfer agent to accept your invitation).

Both of them involve lengthy delays where people have to be patient. It would be helpful to those of us trying to mitigate the anxiety of all this if progress through the queue was discussed in terms of "stages" instead of "steps." 

Good idea. I've made the change.

Thanks,
Mark 


moderated Re: #request to add group #icon to the Home Page

Mark Irving
 

This was in my suggestion to provide an icon (before these existed at all). I would appreciate more use of the group icon, too!

That said, Mark Fletcher will be, rightly, too busy with the Y! Groups! refugees! right now to notice the request. Better to raise it again next year.

 - Mark


moderated Need different nomenclature of the transfer queue

Bruce Bowman
 

We have people in GMF who are confusing "Step 3" in the transfer queue status (where it is counting down your group's position in the queue) with "Step 3" of the transfer instructions (where you are waiting for the transfer agent to accept your invitation).

Both of them involve lengthy delays where people have to be patient. It would be helpful to those of us trying to mitigate the anxiety of all this if progress through the queue was discussed in terms of "stages" instead of "steps." 

Thanks,
Bruce


moderated Re: Setting up Stripe for Donations

txercoupemuseum.org
 


Hi Mark,

I’ve successfully set up my Stripe account to solicit donations from the present 1,185 Yahoo ercoupe-tech subscribers.  I would like to recoup $200 (or so) of the $220 I advanced (from personal funds) for the year’s up front Premium Membership to get groups.io to timely migrate us from Yahoo.

My personal appraisal is that about 50% of above 1,185 (joining since 2007 and now) have since sold their aircraft and/or lost their enthusiasm for the Ercoupe.  Of the remaining 600 (in round numbers), if only one out of three respond with a dollar, I’m there.  

Considering the attention span of many, I’m afraid waiting however long it takes groups.io to get our Yahoo subscribers uploaded to groups.io before hitting everyone up for a donation will see a lower response the longer I wait.  How could I word an email request to them on Yahoo to urge them to send $ to Stripe now?  A groups.io solicitation to the 14 or so that have manually joined (before our Yahoo subscribers have been downloaded and uploaded) would be silly.

I have another group, Ercoupe Flyin, with under 700 Yahoo ercoupe-flyin subscribers.  I’m not in the financial position to “front” that group another $220 to get it transferred.  My “gut feeling is to ask Ercoupe-tech subscribers for $3, and apply everything exceeding the $200 I want reimbursed to the $220 necessary to get Flyin migrated by groups.io

I haven’t been able to find out how, as List Owner, to download the Ercoupe Flyin subscriber database, collective photo files (of questionable value, since they are less than 2 MB of very low resolution, or historical messages (CSV/etc.?).  Comments?

Free hosting has been offered free hosting from our type club and from another individual, but there remains the necessity of migrating the Yahoo member information, photos, etc.  Alternately it would appear I could set up Flyin as a subgroup (same problem remaining), reverting to groups.io “free” hosting after the move.  Any comments you might offer would be greatly appreciated.

Best!

WRB

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moderated #request to add group #icon to the Home Page

Jim Wilson
 

I would like to request the group icon be added and displayed on the home page similarly to the way it shows on the feed.

An additional idea would be to display the group icon just ahead of the breadcrumb menu on the same line or perhaps above the left-hand menu, either of which would help eliminate confusion and better indicate which group is being viewed.


locked Re: categorisation

Bob Bellizzi
 

This isn't anything like ebay or any other sales platform.
Many groups are highly specialized and are absolutely none of anyone else's business.
Many groups are highly specialized; diseases, advocacies, and other types.  Again, if you don't exactly fit, they don't wish you nose into what they do.
Regarding postal codes; again, some groups cover the world or a single country, one language or over 100.
And, as mentioned pointedly previously, what business is it of your's or anyone else?
Are you making these suggestions to enable some kind of information harvesting?

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Bob Bellizzi


moderated Re: Site updates #changelog

Douglas Swearingen
 

Mark,

I have had my group in Groups.io now for over a year.  However, for those migrating from Yahoo, Thank You for all you and your group are doing to get everyone transferred as soon as possible.  I hope you and your team have a Great Weekend.

Doug


From: main@beta.groups.io <main@beta.groups.io> on behalf of Mark Fletcher <markf@corp.groups.io>
Sent: Friday, November 1, 2019 9:52 PM
To: main@beta.groups.io <main@beta.groups.io>
Subject: [beta] Site updates #changelog
 

Changes to the site this week:

  • API: New endpoints: newpoll, updatepoll, getpoll, vote.
  • API: New endpoint: registeruser.
  • NEW: Testing prioritizing support emails from group owners of premium groups.
  • API: New endpoints: newwikipage, getwikipages, getwikipageset.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Mark


moderated Re: groups.io accomodate Meetup groups?

Janis
 

Not all groups are localized to one zip code. Not all local groups want their location known.
You can search by state, country and abbreviations, county and town name.  If any of those are included in the description they will come up in results. Zip codes would only be searchable if the group owner puts the zip code in the description on the home page for the group.

Most groups at groups.io would not have a zip code or even a specific location.  Some have members from all over the world. My groups have members all over the United States.

If you are looking for a group for your location and interest, for example an archery group in Jacksonville search by town and search by topic.

If there is a group you will find it without needing a zip code.  No way would my groups include our zip codes on s website. We care about privacy of our members.


locked Re: categorisation

Ant No
 

On Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 01:32 PM, ro-esp wrote:
How is it a problem if some
dudes have a massive following, and how exactly do you want to solve it?


The problem is that if a few topics generate lots of groups you have to wade through them while browsing. Excluding chosen topics from your browsing list would solve that
How would your system help you find groups you don't even know you want to find?

By letting me browse lists with some large group catagories removed
Do you want lists of groups sorted by how mainstream or fringe they are?If so, how do you measure mainstream-ness?

No. I want obvious existing broad categories that contain a lot of groups to be, well, grouped so that I can include or exclude them as I choose when I browse. I've repeated several times that the only criteria for forming a catagory is that it includes a large number of existing groups. Purely on the numbers.

Everything else can be in an all the rest catagory. I don't feel everything has to have a special catagory, only if there are a large number of groups in a subject.

Ithe feeling I've missed something crucial

I hope I've clarified that for you now.

I think I've demonstrated I'm not adverse to some wading.your personalpreference matters little here. What matters is that prospective members can easily find the groups they want to join.


I was directly responding to your comment there would still be some wading to do. I'm sure I'm not the only person in the world who likes to browse. Within reason. 

The fact is a search can never tell you if there is some interesting group you've failed to pull, while browsing can definitively tell you that you've seen all the ones you haven't excluded.

Finding the group you want to join is exactly what I'm trying to improve. You will still have all the search facilites you have now but with the additional option of a manual browse made practical by excluding some large catagories from your browsing list.

It's an additional feature that takes away nothing from the existing system. I've repeated this quite a lot now.

Browsing can reveal what searches miss and what you would never know to search for.

It's pretty basic stuff. There's a reason eBay has catagories as well as a search engine. It works better than a search engine alone. They really really care about what works because that's how they make money. Pretty sure they know what they're doing


Asto the other message: I am not saying false tagging is an ancient game.


It is an ancient game and you mentioned that in reference to yahoo groups and porn scammers.

Ant👣


moderated Site updates #changelog

 

Changes to the site this week:

  • API: New endpoints: newpoll, updatepoll, getpoll, vote.
  • API: New endpoint: registeruser.
  • NEW: Testing prioritizing support emails from group owners of premium groups.
  • API: New endpoints: newwikipage, getwikipages, getwikipageset.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Mark


moderated Re: One User Account – Multiple Email Addresses #suggestion

Lars KelloggStedman
 

On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 10:10 AM, beta@... wrote:

It would really be nice if you could have one account but have an email address for each group you are subscribed to...

I'd like to request the same feature, but for a different use case.

I have two email addresses that I use regularly; one for technical lists, and one for family/personal lists. One of the groups I'm on just migrated over to groups.io, and I wanted to log in and manage my subscription...only to find that I *can't*, because the email address I'm using on that group is not the one that matches my groups.io account.  This means I'm going to need to create a *second* groups.io account, which causes all sorts of problems:

- For any given group I'll need to remember which address I'm using
- I can't stay logged into both accounts all the time without setting up multiple browser profiles (or using multiple browsers, etc)

I'm not sure why it's not already possible to register multiple addresses for an account, but if there is some concern over that idea, then at least pursuing a Google-like ability to be logged into multiple accounts would be a decent second option.


moderated Analytics Code

KL
 

Transferred group from yahoo and enjoying the new groups.io platform

On the Yahoo home page I was able to add code in the group description page from StatCounter allowing me to track basic data. Tried it on Groups.io and won't take. Is it something I missed or is it disabled to allow adding basic code from group.io approved source?


Thank you


locked Re: categorisation

Ant No
 

On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 03:33 PM, ro-esp wrote:
I'm actually trying to get away to my new groups
?

I belong to other groups I like to spend time reading and responding to.  I only have so much time and this was just a routine feature request.

You would find it by doing a search for a tag that the owner/moderator put in the description


You've missed the point I already mentioned. That would not work because as one of my very many interests it was not something I would have ever thought to search for. I had to find it by browsing. Also it had no tags.


I'm not sure there can be a system that does...without sacrificing your privacy to "artificial intelligence" that is
The one I suggest would have facilitated my search by removing a big chunk of what I was not looking for. A search cannot do it but browsing can.

So you want to go from "not knowing whether a group exists" to "knowing in what catagory it is in?

Not exactly. I want to be able to exclude large catagories from the list so I can browse through the remainder. It may seem a subtle difference but it's an important one.

Let me give an example: suppose you have a group about lesbian cats in Papua New Guinea. Do you want people to find it under "pets" , "LGTBIA+" or "travel-->PNG"?Wouldn't three tags "lesbian" "cats" and "PNG" be far more efficient (as long as nobody abuses the tags)?


Lol that's so niche it doesn't need a catagory. Perhaps pets/animals will have enough groups to deserve a catagory after the moves are over.

Remember I only want catagories for topics that generate large numbers of groups and only so I can exclude them from my browsing list.

Radio and trains for example both have a huge number of groups that I don't want to have to browse through to find ones I do find interesting.


moderated Re: groups.io accomodate Meetup groups?

 

All I’m saying, granted in much less eloquent verbiage, is who needs it? 🤪


On Nov 1, 2019, at 7:43 PM, Barry_M via Groups.Io <bmwiner@...> wrote:

Totally fair and valid opinion about the UI.  Usability and functionality improvement opportunities aside, meetup was acquired by the real estate company WeWork (itself a troubled but huge company) only two years ago (2017) for around USD 200 Million.  With WeWork now under new leadership itself, and trying to stem its own bleeding, meetup.com is on the block but will likely fetch only a small fraction of that previous valuation, if they can sell it at all. The new WeWork leaders, markedly more sober and professional than the former, realized the business model was a challenging one. Hence "not core" as they've announced.

Online group platforms can meet a great many market needs. Deciding whether and how to serve one or more of those markets is best done smartly and measuredly.  Making good decisions on growth bets is key to survival before any thriving.


Barry


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J

Messages are the sole opinion of the author, especially the fishy ones.
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. - Desmond Tutu
Note on an occupational hazard: I comment frequently in beta based on my desire for the betterment of groups.io as a product. Only a fraction of the time are my comments and suggestions specifically a matter of self-interest. Don't assume the latter when the former may be the case.


moderated Re: groups.io accomodate Meetup groups?

Barry_M
 

Totally fair and valid opinion about the UI.  Usability and functionality improvement opportunities aside, meetup was acquired by the real estate company WeWork (itself a troubled but huge company) only two years ago (2017) for around USD 200 Million.  With WeWork now under new leadership itself, and trying to stem its own bleeding, meetup.com is on the block but will likely fetch only a small fraction of that previous valuation, if they can sell it at all. The new WeWork leaders, markedly more sober and professional than the former, realized the business model was a challenging one. Hence "not core" as they've announced.

Online group platforms can meet a great many market needs. Deciding whether and how to serve one or more of those markets is best done smartly and measuredly.  Making good decisions on growth bets is key to survival before any thriving.


Barry


moderated Re: groups.io accomodate Meetup groups?

 

I have to weigh in here. To my mind, there could not possibly be a less user-friendly interface than Meetup's. I hate Meetup with a passion normally reserved for Facebook. I find it nearly impossible to search for groups I might actually be interested in, as opposed to being bombarded with groups I have zero interest in, let alone are even within reasonable driving distance of me. By contrast, just a couple of days ago I very easily found three very relevant groups.io groups in my neighborhood by using keywords involving my geographical location and areas of interest, joined one of them, and publicized the other two to my neighborhood block group. 
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J

Messages are the sole opinion of the author, especially the fishy ones.
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. - Desmond Tutu
Note on an occupational hazard: I comment frequently in beta based on my desire for the betterment of groups.io as a product. Only a fraction of the time are my comments and suggestions specifically a matter of self-interest. Don't assume the latter when the former may be the case.


moderated Re: Transfer GIO group to another GIO subgroup?

 

On Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 1:53 PM Jon Matcho <jonmatcho@...> wrote:
Is it possible to transfer (and merge) an existing Groups.io subscription into another subscription as follows:

1) The main source list would move to a sub-group in the destination subscription.
2) The three source sub-groups would move to respective sub-groups in the destination subscription.


This is something that I'd have to write code to do. Which means, not until January at the soonest. 

Thanks,
Mark

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