Not to the eastside but to Google. We owners and moderators of POD (PERS Oregon Discussion) have not made a formal decision to leave Yahoo Groups, but things are going disastrously bad since Yahoo rolled out the update called NEO. It is happening to random people right now, but all but one of our moderators have been affected (infected) by the NEOization of Yahoo Groups. In short, NEO is a disaster. It prevents the most basic control, it destroys the formatting of messages and replies, it opened the floodgates to spam (more than 100 in the past three days), and it makes management a nightmare. To prevent some of the worst issues (the spam), I've shut the group down to any unmoderated content. It keeps out the chaff, but it is a pain for moderators and the members trying to post legitimate questions and add content. While we plan to give Yahoo until the end of September to sort itself out, I'm not optimistic. To prevent the complete destruction of the group, I have already created a new POD on Google. To get to the site go to https://groups.google.com/d/forum/persoregondiscussion . You will have to join the site, but we are starting to take legitimate, unmoderated, PERS-related questions from all members there. You must be a member to read and to post. Things work similarly to the way the old Yahoo worked. There are a few differences and as we note them and implement them we will post a document (a FAQ) comparing the old functions in Yahoo with the new way to do things in Google. Most of the 125 or so members of the Google group seem to like it so far, so I would encourage anyone interested in keeping up with PERS information in real time to join the new group. I'm going to remove the link to the Yahoo group from here, principally because I don't want new members to join there; I want them to join Google. You can join Yahoo easily enough if we end up keeping the old group, but the actions and behavior so far make it highly unlikely that is going to happen. This last week of NEO has been the biggest time-sink of my life, having wasted no less than 50 hours trying to work around, avoid, undermine, seek help, going outside of Yahoo, and creating the new group, all to maintain continuity for all members and other interested parties.
Please join the Google group. It has some wonderful search features that simply don't exist on the Yahoo side. I wish the move didn't have to happen - and in the end in might not - but being prepared is the only way I know to being able to Move on Up.