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What is a Yahoo Group and How Does it Work?

Yahoo Groups are simply a way to communicate with folks, usually with the same interests. Whatever your interests or hobbies may be, there is probably a Yahoo Group for you. If you can't find a Group that suits your needs, you can make a Group that will!

A Yahoo Group is not the same thing as chat. After you join a group, you then 'post' messages. If the Group is moderated, once the message is approved it will show on the board and will download to those members that receive the posts in their email.

Most Groups have some rules. Some of the rules may appear to be quite restrictive, but generally the rules are not going to be changed if you don't like them. The owner of the Group can set the rules to be anything he or she wants and if the members don't like the rules they are free to leave the Group.

You can join a Yahoo Group two ways. The preferred method is to first create a Yahoo ID and join the Group from the Group's website. Using this method you have access to all of the features provided by the Group, including the ability to browse previous posts.
If the during the joining process you are asked to enter the reason why you want to join the Group, it is a very good idea to enter the reason and not a lot of random characters. Not all Groups ask for comments during the join process, but most do. At this stage you can choose which method you want to use for receiving posts.

People usually have some expectations of what the Group will provide. You should be aware that each Group is different, although at first look they may seem to be similar. The Group generally has a character defined by the owner, moderators and members. If the Group is well maintained it generally will serve the members well.

However some Groups have been abandoned by the owner and may have no moderators so in essence have become a spammer's Group where the only people posting are spammers as the original members have long since left.

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