By the time this article is published, you may already be using NFCCA’s new listserv — email@example.com. Yahoo, which has been gradually reducing its Yahoo Groups service for the last few years, will be fully shut down on 15 December 2020. Anyone using firstname.lastname@example.org will no longer be able to send or receive emails on that listserv.
The NFCCA Board decided to transition our community’s listserv to a service provider called Groups.io. Several neighborhood volunteers helpfully stepped up to make this happen by transferring the NFCCA yahoo listserv members’ information to the new listserv email@example.com, so this changeover should be seamless.
There are a number of advantages that Groups.io offers for a neighborhood listserv. Users can better manage their email overload by muting specific topics or keywords. Or personal delivery options can be set to receive only the first message in a topic, and decide later whether or not to follow the full thread.
Groups.io also improves how archives can be organized with hashtags. For example, you can tag a message topic #plumber and, next time you are searching for a recommendation, it will be easier to find.
Also, because this is a subscription service there are no ads or user tracking. Photos and files can be uploaded. A calendar is available to post community meetings and events with automatic reminders. Groups.io also offers the ability to poll neighborhood residents on questions of interest. These are just a few of the advantages of a Groups.io list serve.
Of course, any new system can be hard to get used to, so, if you are having trouble or have a question, you may want to take a look at the groups.io member manual, which can be found at https://groups.io/helpcenter/membersmanual.
As Yahoo groups became less useful over the past couple of years, many NFCCA residents signed up on Nextdoor.com instead. That choice certainly remains an option for how you find out about neighborhood comings and goings, but the advantages of our new firstname.lastname@example.org listserv may be sufficient to pique your interest in joining. ■
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