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As Yahoo Groups owners ourselves, we understand the stress and confusion brought about by Verizon's decision to delete the Yahoo Group archives in December 2019 and has now deleted the service entirely on December 15. 2020. ALL previously posted content on the site was permanently removed in 2019 and the remaining email service has now shutdown as well. Now that the online data is gone, it is only possible to help groups that hava already downloaded their data, for example from a download dump from Yahoo. Yahoo Groups is now effectively dead and this has led to a large number of active groups migrating to other platforms, the most popular one is groups.io as they had a full transfer service for $220 that offered a migration service up until December 2019.
Now that YahooGroups is gone, it is now time to move to us, even restore your lost archives and let your group continue on a better more vibrant platform.

What about groups.io?
It is no longer possible to migrate your Yahoo Group to groups.io with your message archives as they are not accepting any more requests. We however can accept orders to transfer your Yahoo Group using data we have already downloaded or from the MBox data obtained from Yahoo to our new Forums.Group platform. After the transfer, your members and message archive will be reunited and discussions can continue on a better phpBB based platform.

What is the catch?
Our services are not free, but certainly worthwhile and future safe and we will not start censoring your posts, provided you respect the laws applicable in Germany, where we are hosted. Once your group has been converted, our promise is that you cannot lose your community again. Even if our service were to fail or close down, it is then an easy job to migrate your forum to any other webserver with no data losses or expensive conversion. The phpBB platform is open source and well supported - the ideal platform to ensure the future of your community.

As we need to perform a lot of manual configuration to setup each forum, we have to charge a setup fee. Orders will be processed in the order they come in so do not delay and order your new forum now.

Here is the procedure to migrate your YahooGroup to Forums.Group


#1 Download the Member List from Yahoo Groups
How to Download the Members List from Yahoo Groups
Step #1: Download the Member List from Yahoo Groups

UPDATE: ACCESS TO THE MEMBERS LIST ON YAHOOGROUPS HAS NOW BEEN REMOVED! We are leaving this online for those that downloaded the data and still need to process it. If you were unable to download the members list, yet have the data download from last year, there is still a chance we can extract at least the email addresses from the emails.

This video explains how to extract the entire member list from Yahoo Groups for transferring to the forums.group platform. Owner or Moderator permissions are required.
This method works with the Google Chrome and Brave browsers, not however with FireFox for example.

Procedure for groups with up to 1000 members for forums.group
  1. This method requires Excel and at least moderator or owner access to the Yahoo Group with the ability to view the members list.
  2. If your computer's regional settings are not set to USA (date format MM/DD/YYYY) on Windows 10, select Start / Settings / Time & Language / Region / Regional Format / English (United States)
  3. Substitute <yourgroup> with the name of your group in the following instructions. e.g. if your YahooGroup is called "FreeDemo", substitute Freedemo where you see <yourgroup>, below.
  4. Go to Management / Manage Members of your Yahoo Group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/<yourgroup>/members/all)
    e.g. if your group name is FreeDemo, then https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FreeDemo/members/all
  5. Click on Actions / Export / CSV Format. A download window appears and you need to save this file in a place you can find it again.
  6. Using Windows Explorer, rename the file type from .csv to .prn e.g. rename MemberList.csv to MemberList.prn
  7. Start Microsoft Excel on your computer and then click the Open command, a dialogue window will open
  8. At the bottom right of this box, above the open button, change the file type to "Text Files (*.prn;*.txt:*.csv)" and then select your downloaded MemberList.prn file.
  9. Click on the Open button, the "Text Import Wizard - Step 1 of 3" appears.
  10. Set Delimited, tick My data has headers and change File origin to: "650001 : Unicode (UTF-8)" and click on Next
  11. In Step 2, ensure Comma is ticked and click on Next
  12. In Step 3, click on each column and define the column data format as Text including the final "Joined" column. We have been seeing groups where Yahoo has been displaying a mixture of formats (e.g. some lines displayed as "Feb 18, 2009" and others as "18 Feb, 2009") so just leave this as text so that we can fix this during migration.
  13. Click on Finish and the data is inserted into a new document
  14. Check all the data looks correct and the entire list looks complete. Ignore any mixture of date formats, we will fix that during migration.
  15. File / Save As / Browse / select a place you want to save the file in / Save as type: "Excel Workbook" / File name: MemberList.xlsx and Save.
  16. Submit the file to us to import into your new forum during the ordering process.
  17. If you changed the Locale of your computer in step 2, you can now reset them to your local settings.


Procedure for groups with more than 1000 members for forums.group:
  1. This method requires Excel and Notepad with at least moderator or owner access to the Yahoo Group with the ability to view the members list.
  2. If your computer's regional settings are not set to USA (date format MM/DD/YYYY) on Windows 10, select Start / Settings / Time & Language / Region / Regional Format / English (United States)
  3. Make sure you are using either the Google Chrome or Brave browsers, as other browsers like FireFox will not work correctly.
  4. Substitute <yourgroup> with the name of your group in the following instructions. e.g. if your YahooGroup is called "FreeDemo", substitute Freedemo where you see <yourgroup>, below.
  5. Go to Management / Manage Members of your Yahoo Group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/<yourgroup>/members/all)
    e.g. if your group name is FreeDemo, then https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FreeDemo/members/all
  6. Using the scroll buttons, keep on scrolling down the list until you get to the bottom of the list. If you have a lot of members, this can take several minutes before the entire list is displayed.
  7. Go back to the top again and starting at "First Name", select the entire list until you get to the bottom (this can take some time, until the entire list has been marked).
  8. When the entire list has been marked this way, right click and copy the selected entries and then past it into an empty Notepad window.
  9. At the top of the list on the second line, mark from the left until "Profile picture" and copy that.
  10. Edit / Replace / make sure that the "Replace with" field is empty and click on the Replace button.
  11. If that worked well, click on the "Replace All" button. to remove that text from the entire list and then close the replace dialog.
  12. On the top row, now insert "Full Name" and press the tab button
  13. In Notepad, File / Save As / Save as type: All Files (*.*) / testgroup.prn  (you can alternatively use the name of your group)
  14. It is important to save the text file with the .prn extension, not .txt and also not .prn.txt
  15. Using Microsoft Excel, open the testgroup.prn file and the Text Import Wizard opens on Step 1
  16. Set Delimited, change File origin to: "650001 : Unicode (UTF-8)", tick "My data has headers" and click on Next >
  17. In Step 2, ensure Tab is ticked and click on Next
  18. In Step 3, click on each column and define the column data format as Text including the final "Joined" column. We have been seeing groups where Yahoo has been displaying a mixture of formats (e.g. some lines displayed as "Feb 18, 2009" and others as "18 Feb, 2009") so just leave this as text so that we can fix this during migration.
  19. Click on Finish and the data is inserted into a new document
  20. Check all the data looks correct and the entire list looks complete. Ignore any mixture of date formats, we will fix that during migration.
  21. File / Save As / Browse / select a place you want to save the file in / Save as type: "Excel Workbook" / File name: MemberList.xlsx and Save.
  22. Submit the file to us to import into your new forum during the ordering process.
  23. If you changed the Locale of your computer in step 2, you can now reset them to your local settings.
#2 Find a backup of your Yahoo Groups archives
Step #2: Find a full backup of your YahooGroup archives!
If you do not already have a backup of your YahooGroup by now, it is too late to ask for it from Yahoo. However, as the topic of saving group archives was popular in almost every active group, it is highly likely that one of your members has a copy of the official YahooGroup download (we need the members.zip file) or better still, someone has stored a copy of all the messages in Microsoft Outlook and can export them into a PST-file. If so, they need to create a fresh members.pst file and copy all the messages into it. We can work with both formats so simply ask your group who has a copy. If you have a health-related YahooGroup, it is also possible that our sister website has already archived it. Click here to visit that website and see if your group is listed. If so, you do not have to send us the message files, we already have them. If your group remained active after the archives were deleted, add those additional messages to the PST-file as well.
If all else fails, you can also try the Internet Archive Team, who have been downloading a large number of YahooGroups.

Good Luck finding your archives. Of course, you can still start a forum on our platform without your past archives.

#3: Raise the funds to cover the costs
Step #3: Raise the funds to cover the costs

As we have a significant amount of work to setup a forum and migrate a YahooGroup, it is not possible to setup such a forum for free as we are still a small start-up company. However, we are keeping the costs as low as possible and in most cases, we are still under the price that groups.io charged to migrate YahooGroups when it was still possible.

If the group owner and moderators cannot raise the funds themselves, we suggest asking the members to donate towards the costs. If you order a premium forum, we can activate advertising to help gain the funds needed for the following year.
#4 Start the Create Forum Process
Step #4: Start the Create Forum Process
If for any reason, we are unable to complete the migration process, the fees will be refunded.

You can start the process from our Create forum page.
#5: Send us the downloaded archive file(s)
Step #5: Send us the downloaded archive file(s)
Once you have collected all the files we need, submit them via the ordering process. We need the following files:

  • Messages.zip from the Yahoo datadump or an Outlook PST file containing all the messages
  • An Excel file containing all the members data from YahooGroups.
  • Two suitable images to be used as banners for the new forum: 700 pixel wide for mobile platforms and 1500 pixels wide fro desktop use.
  • List of forum categories and forum names to be setup on the new forum

You can start the process from our Create forum page where you will find more detailed instructions.
#6 Once all above steps are complete, we will process it
Step #6: Once all above steps are complete, we will process it

Once you have submitted your order and paid the fees, your order is added to the queue to be processed. This can take some time as we have to manually process all the data and perform the migration process. If we get a lot of orders at the same time, orders will be put in a queue in the order we receive them. We will first setup your forum, migrate your messages and members, and then send all your members as invitation to join in the fun - they are already preregistered and simply have to join the forum with the login details we send them.

Note: The free hosting level is basically a phpBB forum where your members will need to get used to reading and posting the messages on the forum website. Posting via email is not possible, but it is possible to send new posts out to members via email. Premium level forums will allow reading, posting and replying via email in a form similar to YahooGroups with minor changes to support the various categories that forums offer.

#7 Learn how to moderate a forums.group
Step #7: Learn how to use and moderate a forums.group

While you are waiting for us to setup your forum (and migrate your data if applicable), we suggest you learn how to moderate a phpBB forum. If you have not been a member of a phpBB based forum before, we strongly suggest you register and join one of our demo forums and practice making posts and familiarizing yourself with using it. Make a few posts, try the various functions, etc.
Please read through the documentation to make yourself familiar with the possibilities. A forum has a lot more features than a YahooGroup and there is a certain learning curve. We are doing all we can to simplify the job and create training videos to explain and demonstrate each aspect of using and moderating a forums.group.

Please note, it is your job as a moderator to support your members with using the forum. We will be assisting by providing training and support to help you learn the job.


User Guide
Updated: December 1, 2020
Updated: December 1, 2020
Mod. Guide
Released: December 1, 2020
Released: December 1, 2020
Admin Guide
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#8 Tell others about forums.group
Step #8: Tell others about forums.group

The more YahooGroups that migrate to our platform, the better we can scale our service and improve upon it. Please help us by telling everyone you know about our service that has used YahooGroups in the past. We are really excited about building a strong reliable platform that fully respects your freedon of expression into the future. At a time where other social media companies are censoring non-mainstream thinking, we are here to provide this valuable service allowing you to speak your mind without fear of censorship (with the exception of extremist discussions and Holocaust denial, see here for details).

Please tell others about forums.group and suggest they revive their group, here. For every group you recommend that results in a new order and payment is made, we will give you a voucher for $10 towards your group's costs, added features or the yearly subscription. For this to work, the new order needs to name you as a reference.
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15 Dec 2020
What a bunch of ingrates, can't believe all the 1 ratings. I got the message the morning of the 15th, followed the instructions (~2500 members) and they worked fine. Checking several hours later, the members info is still available, so what's with the gripes about only finding out on the 14th? Or the instructions outdated/wrong? They do work, but you have to follow the instructions as listed, if you don't, they don't work. While I can't rate the whole process yet, it's annoying to see someone griping about Yahoo and then giving YOU a one-star rating. Going to check with some of our group mods first, but since I have the members list now in Excel format, and an earlier download of files, we should be good to go. Thanks for doing this, ignore the ingrates.
15 Dec 2020
Martin, we are all in the same boat and I heard from so many people complain about YahooGroups last year, that I created Forums.Group to help you all get through this. It is not out fault YahooGroups did this, we are just providing our expertise to help you all save your groups. We have been developing forums.group since February and still had to speed up the opening when we heard Yahoo Groups were closing down completely. You do not need a week to work out the instructions. Watch the video and follow the written instructions as they are given and you will be able to download your member list, as long as you do it today. If you are truly lost, send your Yahoo Groups login data to us via the above form and we will do it for you (if it works, we will charge you $20 for our time and give you a $20 discount code to order a forum with us, if not then free). We have spent a lot of time working out how this all works and how to rebuild your communities. Once you regain your archives back and we send the members their new login details, I see no reason why they should not come back again to your community.
Martin Walton
15 Dec 2020
Awful. Last year, Yahoo effectively destroyed my two classic motorcycle groups for BSA and ROYAL ENFIELD - with 5000 members and 20 years worth of priceless archives - by announcing closure of the service. A year later, you tell me I can actually save the files and membership list, when all members have long ago lost interest and gone elsewhere. The instructions to do this would take me a week to work out and execute, but you give me only a few hours notice. I can't believe how out of touch you are, thinking that non-IT people would want to learn how to use Excel and follow pages of incoherent instructions on the off-chance it might work. Even if I had the time available (some of us work for a living) it would be a completely pointless exercise. Truly pathetic.
15 Dec 2020
I have now tested the member download on 10 Yahoo Groups, today and it worked every time. In one case, it took over two minutes for the CSV file to appear, so take account of that. We are using Windows 10 PCs with Chrome and Brave browsers and can confirm the system still works. As to being free, we offer free hosting, but have to charge a setup fee and the costs of migrating the messages and members which we have developed at our own costs as the process is complicated to take account of the problems with the data supplied by YahooGroups. Once you have the group setup, you can run it for free and we then cover our costs through advertising on the forum. Groups.io charge $220 for a premium account and without it, you cannot import the members, only invite them. We offer a full migration where your message archives can be restored online. Our forum system is far superior to the groups.io platform as well. P.S. As it is our review system and we have put in months of hard work to get this all running, we actually deserve more than 5 stars for our work :-)
David Halfpenny
15 Dec 2020
It is Abuse of the review system to award YOUR OWN PRODUCT 5 stars :-) :-) :-) Though I can understand it's frustrating when instructions work for you but not for us - got that Tee Shirt myself when working in IT.
15 Dec 2020
Let us answer these comments. We have tested the system given here to download the members list and it is still working on December 15, 2020 at 15:00 UTC. The instructions are accurate and up to date. If it is not working for you, make sure you are following the instructions correctly. Use the Chrome browser as it will not work with other browsers like Firefox. We just tested Actions > Export > CSV and it took over a minute before the file was offered for download. Try again and be patient - it will come. If not, use the system for more than 1000 members as that always works. The User Guide and Moderator Guide are complete. The admin guide is still under construction, but will be online this month in time for the release of the migrated forums. As we have run several YahooGroups ourselves, we built Forums.Group to correct the problems caused by YahooGroups. Our system is solid and based on the highly successful and reliable phpBB forum system. We have been asking Yahoo Groups for months to inform group owners about our system, but have been ignored. That is why we have sent emails to thousands of groups with 500 or more members as that was the only way to reach them. Sure, we are a late in sending the messages, but it takes less than an hour to download the members list and you should have downloaded your message files last year (if you do not have them, ask the members of your group).
Anne
15 Dec 2020
Included in the announcement the new forums.groups are NOT free which is stated above. Posted above there are small notices announcing user guides free and premium and online training which is under construction.
Anne
15 Dec 2020
Typical Yahoo! Only a few hours notice prior to shutting groups completely which is best considering the horrid changes Yahoo executed some years ago to each group's home page being completely ruined as Yahoo destroyed all the correlating hard work of the group's (or groups') owner.
Barry Hall
15 Dec 2020
Might be a good idea, but poor execution. Outdated instructions received a few hours before the deadline. Sorry.
Jess
15 Dec 2020
This is a great idea and I wish you the best of luck! However it's nearly 8 pm Dec 14th where I am, so not a lot of time to implement this before the deadline. Also, the step in saving the members list from my group is not working. Whenever I go to Actions > Export > CSV File, no window pops up for me to save such a file. Instead it just opens up another of the same window (showing the group members list), with the popup informing me that Yahoo Groups will be gone on December 15. And I am using Chrome as my browser, so I have no idea why it isn't working. :( It's a shame there is no way to contact anyone regarding these issues.
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