YahooGroups is mostly shutting down.
This official notice tries to describe what’s being removed and what isn’t, but succeeds in being a bit confusing: emails to groups will keep working, but “Conversations” and “Email updates” won’t.
My reading is you’ll still be able to send emails and they’ll be distributed – but nothing else will work.
But I’d also assume this is not a business they want to be in anymore, so even emails will probably be discontinued before too long.
There’s an option to download all your data: it’s accessible via this link: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/getmydata
It took a week for it to be ready.
Then it took 5 goes for the download to actually work. It repeatedly conked out part way through.
When it finally worked, the result (for me) is a 1.6 Gb zip file with everything from (it appears) every group I’m in, including messages, files and everything else.
Inside the subdirectories for each group is:
- medias.json – this seems to be metadata for the photos and attachments, below
- messages.zip – looks to be mbox files with the entire archive of messages
I can’t see some of the more esoteric data from YG, such as Databases, Polls and Events. Export of those might have to be a manual process.
If you’re interested in getting your data, I’d get onto it now. It’s all scheduled to be wiped in mid-December, and the process may become even slower than a week.
2020-01-16: The deadline was extended to the end of January 2020.