1 How to use Yahoo! groups? Content What is a Yahoo! group?...p.1 How do I register as a user?...p.1 How do I become a member of a Yahoo! group?...p.3 How do I manage my group membership?...p.7 How do I start a new group?...p.9 What features are there as a member/administrator?...p.11 How do I manage my group?...p.12 What is a Yahoo! group? It s where people with a shared interest meet, get to know each other and stay informed. A group gives free and instant access to: Shared message archives; photos and photo albums; group event calendars; member polls and shared links. How do I register as a user? 1. Go to 2. Click on Sign up. 1
2 3. Fill in your personal information. 4. If you reach this screen, you have successfully become a registered user of Yahoo! groups. 2
3 How do I become a member of a Yahoo! group? 1 Joining a group in Yahoo! Groups is a quick and easy process. You can join a group in three ways: 1) Joining by going to the group s page. 2) Joining by responding to an invitation to join. 3) Joining by subscribing to a group s mailing list only. If you are not sure which group you want to join, start by browsing the Groups Directory on the main Yahoo! Groups page (http://groups.yahoo.com) or searching for a group by topic. 1 Based on 3
4 1) Joining by going to the group s page. a. When you find a group you want to join, click the group s name. b. Click the Join This Group! button in the upper-right corner of the group s page. (Alternatively, you can click the Join This Group! link beneath the group s picture to go directly to the Preferences page described in step a, above) 4
5 c. If you are not already signed in to your Yahoo! Account, enter your Yahoo! ID and password in the Sign In to Yahoo! box that appears: d. On the Join This Group page that appears, set your membership preferences: 5
6 The public profile you want displayed to the group. The address at which you would like to receive group messages. How you want group messages delivered: Individual The option to choose if you want to get each group message and special notice individually and immediately, as it is posted. Daily digest: The option to choose if you want to see all messages but limit the amount of you receive. Yahoo! Groups will compile an of up to 25 messages and send daily (special notices too!). Special notices: Receive only important notices from the group moderator. Web only: Don t get notified of the latest happening. Read messages only on the web. The display format for messages you receive: fully featured or traditional. Samples: e. Click the Join button in the lower-right corner of the page. 6
7 2) Joining by responding to an invitation to join. If you receive an invitation to join a group that you would like to join, click Join This Group!. On the page that appears describing the group, click Join the group. If you prefer to simply receive s from the group, click join the mailing list instead (or follow the instructions in the next section). 3) Joining by subscribing to a group s mailing list only. If you re not sure you want to join a particular group, you can try it out by signing up just to receive messages from the group. However, when you re only on the mailing list, you can t access to the group s web features (photos, files, polls, and calendar). To subscribe to a group s mailing list via 1. Send a blank to making sure to replace groupname with the actual name of the group (for example Comenius- ) 2. To activate your subscription, just reply to the confirmation message you receive from the group. How do I manage my group memberships? Once you have joined a group, you can manage and revise your groups and subscriptions setting at any time: 1. Sign in and click on Manage in the My groups box 7
8 2. Click on Edit My Groups located above the list of groups. 3. Use the pull-down menus to choose the address and membership type you prefer for each group, and click Save Changes. If you don t see the address you would like to use, you can use My Preferences wizard (http://groups.yahoo.com/member/preferences/communication/view) to link new addresses to your Yahoo! ID. You can link up to five addresses to your Yahoo! ID. 8
9 How do I start a new group? 1. It is easy to start a group. Just click Start a Group on any Yahoo! Groups page. 2. Select a Yahoo! Groups Category 9
10 Browse or search through the Yahoo! Groups directory to find the appropriate category. Look for categories that list similar groups or are specifically devoted to your subject. Note: Adult oriented groups must be placed in the Adult Category ( Romance & Relationships>Adult or other sub-category with the word adult in it). The Yahoo! team of category editors will review your selection and might change the location of your group. Your group will be listed in the Yahoo! Groups directory within a few days. 3. Describe your group Enter your group name which will appear on your Group page and in search results. Also enter your group address.. In Describe Your Group you will have to provide a detailed description of your group, up to 2000 characters long. 10
11 4. Select your Yahoo! Profile and Address What features are there as a member/administrator? Here is the complete list of possible Group features: As a member: Post via web or to Group. No edit function except delete. Photo album (100GB): Organized into album/thumbnail structure. File storage (100MB): Capable of storing any file format. Link directory: Options for folders, text labels for each link. Poll: Members can create multiple-choice polls, including various options for ID display. Database: Up to ten tables, each with up to one thousand rows and up to ten columns. Member list: Scroll of registered member profiles, and the basics of the information they provide. Calendar: Scheduling system for clubs with regular events. Promote: HTML box for website display (to join a group). As a administrator (who can do post approval) Invite: to invite more members by . Management of members (approve new members, delete members). 11
12 Management of messages (approve new messages, delete messages). Options: Edit of the group homepage display text etc. Post/Picture approval: It is possible to switch to strict moderation if required. Web tools management: Options are Off, Public, Members, Administrators. How do I manage my group? 1. Can I change the name or address/url of a group after I have set it up? You can change the name or address/url of a group after you have set it up, but remember: this may confuse your members. If you change your group address/url: Any existing invitations, links, and sign-up boxes outside the Yahoo! Groups service will no longer be valid, since these refer to your old group name. Any message filters or in-box assistance programs maintained by your members may have to be changed. For example, if a member has an program that organizes incoming messages into folders, it may not be able to recognize your new group name. If your group has been running for some time, your members may resist any changes to the name. If you do decide to do it, here is how: From the list on the left, click Management. This link only shows up if you re the owner of the group or a moderator with Management privileges. 12
13 Under Group Settings in the upper right, click Description & Appearance. Click Edit next to Web Address. Change the Group Address, then click Save Changes. Tip: check the box to notify users of changes 13
14 2. Can I re-categorize my group? You can, but only once! Click Management Click Description and Appearance under Group Settings. Click Edit next to Category. Use the Search or Browse directory using the category links until you find the category you want. Then click Put my group here. If you can t see the Edit button, you have already recategorised your group. 3. How do I set the language for my Group? Here is how: From the list on the left, click Management. This link only appears if you re the owner of the group or a moderator with the appropriate privileges. Under "Group Settings", click Description and Appearance. Click Edit next to "Description". Choose the language you want from the "Primary Language" pull-down menu. 4. How do I delete a group? If you re the group owner or a moderator with the necessary privileges to delete a group, you ll see the link to delete a group in the lower-right corner of the Management page. Important: Deleting a group is permanent! Proceed with caution. If you click the Delete group button, you ll remove the group from Yahoo! Groups, unsubscribe all members, and eliminate all archives, shared files, and calendars. 14
15 Contact: Jens Vermeersch GO! onderwijs van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap Department Internationalisation Emile Jacqmainlaan Brussels Tel.: Fax:: Website: 15
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