Host your online community here!
Why should I host my community at forums.group?
After the loss of the online archives at Yahoo Groups in December 2019 and growing censorship on other online platforms, we recognised a need for a new platform where existing YahooGroups could be fully restored complete with their message archives, files and the members on a modern safe platform where members can discuss a wide variety of topics where their freedom of speech is fully respected and where even topics that are not politically correct can reside in peace with a diversity of ideas.
Our websites are hosted in Germany, where freedom of speech is still respected. On our platform, you do not have to fear your forum being removed without warning or without the ability to download the archives for use elsewhere. The founder of this system comes from the world of communities for alternative medicine and respects a wide range of topics. Basically, if your topic was permitted on YahooGroups, it should be permitted here as well, provided it does not break the relevant laws in Germany. We do however reserve the right to refuse applications for forums on our platform.
The motivation to start this service was in answer to the loss of the archives on Yahoo Groups that contain knowledge collectively gained over up to 20 years or more, which is still valuable today. The collective knowledge on a wide range of topics can now be restored to a new home and can continue the discussions that made those groups so valuable. While more than 3000 active Yahoo Groups were able to move to groups.io with their message archives, that is only a tiny fraction of the approx. 10 million Yahoo Groups that existed. Many were unable to transfer in time and those that moved to other platforms were unable to take their archives with them, so they were effectively lost.
Forums.group is a new platform that can make use of the YahooGroups MBox format files that were offered to all members in December to download and also Microsoft Outlook PST files that can also hold the archives of such groups. They can be used to revive the respective Yahoo Groups on a new modern phpBB platform on our managed servers.
Yahoo Groups took their archives offline on Dec. 17, 2019
If you want your group to continue, yet missed the deadline to transfer to another platform,
we offer a powerful new solution to migrate your message archives and members.
We can import and convert your existing Facebook or Yahoo Group into a fully featured phpBB online forum
where members are able to post online and receive messages via Email - in a similar way to Yahoo Groups.
The Ease of Groups - the Power of Forums - Full Freedom of Expression = The Evolution of Groups!
What happened to ALL Yahoo Groups.
Yahoo Groups have now removed the archives from public view.
The following features were permanently deleted on December 17, 2019
- Email Updates
- Message Digest
- Message History
Although it is still possible to send out messages to other members after December 17, there are no longer any online archives at all. It is now no more than an email redirection service. This seriously reduces the usability of the groups as it is no longer possible to read the previous messages online.
It is still possible even in 2020 to migrate your YahooGroup with archives to our forums.group platform. We can recover your group complete with messages, and members to our new forums.group service. Your message archives will then continue as a phpBB forum and discussions can continue as before.
We discuss the options on our special page for Groups Owners.
For more details on the deletion of Yahoo Groups, see this official page.
Yahoo Group are dead, long live Forums.group
Yahoo Groups (previously known as Onelist or eGroups) have been building online communities since the 1990s, long before there was Facebook, Twitter or other such social media.
We therefore, started this project to provide an alternative platform for groups that have not yet found a new home and where their messages can be preserved and the discussions can continue. groups.io did an excellent job migrating over 3000 groups to their platform, but in relation to the estimated 115 million users in 10 million Yahoo Groups, it is merely a drop in the ocean (0.03%) and they have now ceased to offer a migration service. The two main reasons many groups did not migrate were the high migration costs ($220 per group) and the lack of recent discussions on groups that were highly active in the past. Forums.group was setup to provide a new home to those groups that have been left in limbo since Yahoo removed their archives.
We saw a lot of groups calling out for an alternative free platform for their continued discussions. The problem with free, is that it always comes at a cost like being subjected to advertising, lack of privacy as your private details are sold to the highest bidder and the fact that providers can censor, shadow ban or even delete your discussion groups at little or no notice - you pay for "free discussions" with your privacy and loss of free-speech.
Our aim is to provide an affordable means of restoring your groups in a place where your privacy and freedom of speech are fully respected. Our servers are based in Germany where the laws for forum owners permit open discussions on almost every topic except against regious freedoms and holocaust denial - these are two restrictions we can live with and would not want on our platform, anyway.
We offer forums at two cost levels. Free hosting that is supported by advertising and a one-time setup fee. This gives you full moderator level control of your group. If you want to migrate your YahooGroup to our platform, that is possible for a one-time charge as well. So while our "Free service" is not totally free, this does mean that we will respect your privacy, never pass-on your personal details to third parties and we will respect freedom-of-speech. As our service and servers are based in Europe, our charges are made in Euros as well, yet we accept applications for new groups and members from all countries.
No Hate, just Civilized Debate!
We do not condone "hate speech" and therefore will not approve groups that are dedicated to promoting hate against ANY race, nationality, religion or even extreme political opinions on the left or right. In a year of Brexit and the US elections, there has been a lot of hate-filled messages released on social media and online that are based on fake-news and propaganda that does not stand up to fact-based analysis. Our policy is to permit groups that are looking at the facts, debating the issues and presenting well referenced facts. If you have better data, then you are free to present it here - irrespective of what side of the argument you have. If someone does not like the facts being presented by either side, they are also free to present better arguments respectfully with facts and data to back it up. Others are then free to analyse and approve or disprove your arguments with meaningful arguments. That is the kinds of discussions that can flourish here. Each side can present their case so that the members can decide for themselves. That way, we all benefit from hearing all sides of the argument and can learn from each other. Banning some ideas because they do not agree with your belief system just enlarges the bubble you are in. By allowing full debate, we help to burst those bubbles so that we can all learn more from each other. We do not shadow-ban or censor discussions because they are not "politically correct" - There are too many platforms where people try to bully the other side with nasty outrage and hateful accusations, while lacking in facts. Our platform is for honest and respectful debate. with no personal attacks, where we can all learn from each other and collectively find out the truth behind the issues.
The answer to "wrong" speech is NOT to censor, slur or attack your opponent,
but to respectfully debate the issue with better arguments and references!
Our aim is to have a platform where intelligent people can have civilized and respectful discussions to find the best answers to each topic.
Test our forums now
We have setup two forums that you can join and post in to test the functionality of our services. Just click on the respective images below, register and try it out now for free.