Yahoo NEO group disaster
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Since: Nov 13
#1 Nov 27, 2013
On August 6th 2013 our Centennial State boasted 2,855 Colorado
groups.Today,there are 2,379.
The largest group with over 14,000 members was Bryan Edison's Colorado
Experience.It was founded in July of 1999.What made it unique was the
interactive network that united 95% pf the Colorado based group.The group had
yearly meet-ups throughout the state for Colorado group owners.
Colorado Experience spearheaded internet assistance during the recent forest
fires and tornadoes in the lower Arkansas Valley.The group was the second group
based for Colorado to issue Amber Alerts.The membership worked with a Denver
based international teen/family group for online homework help and mentor
project.All in all the group represented what is best in each of us.It stood the
test of time and was a beacon.A giant of Colorado groups throughout the
The group worked with the management of Yahoo to facilitate the needs of the
elderly and visually impaired during the switch over of clubs to groups in
2001.Colorado groups made the access to the groups for the elderly and visually
impaired a number one priority.
You may have been contacted by the group during its 15 year run.The last major
mobilization of the group was the National Night Out on August 6th.This was a
combined effort of the teen/family group and was a huge success.
The following day ended the ability of Colorado Experience to function in a
relevant manner.Yahoo began the roll-out of a new format called NEO groups.This
caused major confusion.No one had any prior notice.The new system was so flawed
that a plug-in was discovered to by-pass it.What disturbed a lot of us is the
fact that it was not tested upon release.
Our hearts were heavy during the recent floods.We couldn't use the network to
help our neighbors.One by one the most popular Colorado groups disbanded.The NEO
interface with all its flaws were too much to bear.Some groups found
alternatives to Yahoo at Facebook and related internet services.Our cherished
teen and family network with 130,000 members was gone by September.
The elderly and visually impaired? Where were they able to go? No where.The
groups they needed to network with others for health and living information was
destroyed by the NEO format.How? Our senior citizens relied on the custom built
groups and their fixed incomes prevent them for the most part to afford new
computers or high speed internet.With their slow dialup and DSL modems,the pages
with NEO use so much RAM that even cable has problems downloading the pages.The
font is so small,its difficult for them to read.
The blind have complained to Yahoo that the NEO format is at variance with
the ADA. You may know that the blind use special equipment to read the internet
pages.With the NEO format,its impossible.The scrolling pages and ads choke off
their readers and stops them cold.
Thousands of Yahoo group owners and users complained to Yahoo and demanded a
return to the older group format.Yahoo has ignored their request.Because of this
hundreds of groups have been disbanded affecting nearly 2 million users.
Because of the callous and patronizing attitude of Yahoo,a Denver and
Georgia resident organized a group to do whatever it takes to urge Yahoo to junk
the NEO format and restore the previous format for the elderly and
disabled.Nearly 2,000 teens and young adults across the globe have organized to
They need your voice.They need your belief in justice to champion the
humanitarian outreach to the elderly and disabled.They need your anger to shine
the light of day on what Yahoo has become.Our group has one mission and one
mission only and that is to restore the old group format.We will not take no for
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