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This section last modified 10/30/2020


Contents Below in This Section
C1. The Problem (Verizon is deleting Yahoo groups)
C2. The New Group
C3. Viewing Messages
C4. How To SUBSCRIBE
C5. How To Unsubscribe
C6. For Announcers Only

ABOUT this email group: This PUBLIC email group allows NC PA dance groups and instructors to announce classes & workshops, announce dances, send photos, or other dance news.
>> This also includes the MahoneyNet weekly digest.
>> You can “subscribe” yourself (Sect. C4 below) or “unsubscribe” yourself (Sect. C5 below) anytime you wish, or you just “browse” messages without joining.

C1. The Problem:rest in peace yahoo groups
  • On Monday Oct. 12, 2020, Verizon informed us that it will complete its trashing of all Yahoo groups — by totally DELETING them all  on Dec. 15, 2020.
  • If anyone wants to send any messages on the old Yahoo group, make sure you do so BEFORE Dec. 15.

C2. The New Group

We have created a new PUBLIC group at   https://groups.io/g/billtowndance to replace the Yahoo group.

FYI:

  • The groups .io works very similar to the Yahoo groups.
  • The same guy that designed Yahoo groups before Yahoo bought them, Mark Fletcher, designed groups.io

C3. Viewing Messages

  • “Messages” can be viewed using this link:  https://groups.io/g/billtowndance/topics  .
    • Note that there is also a “Messages” link on the upper left corner of the Group’s home page.
  • You do NOT need to be a member of the group to READ the announcements (messages).
  • ANYONE can browse these announcements — even WEEKS after they were sent.

C4. To SUBSCRIBE

How To SUBSCRIBE To The [BilltownDance] Group:

If you “subscribe” to this group, you will receive the announcements in your EMAIL, as soon as the Announcer sends the messages.

Step 1:

  • Send a blank email (no subject or body is necessary) to
    billtowndance+subscribe@groups.io .
  • This initiates your subscription (with the Groups.io automated software).

Warning: You’re NOT subscribed yet.
You MUST complete Step 2.

Step 2:

  • Groups.io will send you a “request for confirmation” email.
    • You should receive it almost immediately after doing Step 1.
  • Find the “request for confirmation” email in your inbox
    • The sender will be Groups.io
    • The subject will be “Confirm Your Groups.io Subscription“.
  • Then just hit the REPLY button.  This CONFIRMS your request to join the group.

What Happens Next:

  • Groups.io automated software will automatically subscribe the address from which it receives the blank email.   
  • You will receive a confirmation message., with the subject “Welcome to billtowndance@groups.io“.
FYI Comments:

 Note:  Some addresses may not be “subscribe-able”:

  • There are a few addresses that that they may NOT allow you to subscribe: “admin@..”, “info@..”, “sales@..”, “support..@”, and “webmaster@..

Optional MAIL RULE:
We recommend you set up a “mail rule” in your email app — to have all messages containing [BilltownDance] in the subject line, automatically put into a separate mailbox named “[BilltownDance]”.

C5. To Unsubscribe

You can easily “unsubscribe” (leave) this group any time you wish.

  • Step 1: Send a blank email (no subject or body is necessary) to
    billtowndance+unsubscribe@groups.io .
  • This initiates your un-subscription.
  • Step 2: You’ll get a message titled “”Confirm Your Groups.io Unsubscription“. Just reply to that message to confirm you want to leave.

C6. For Announcers Only

To send a message to the group, address it to:  billtowndance@groups.io

Posting Privileges: 
  • You first need to “Join” the group as a member — so perform Step 1 and Step 2 above to join, if you’re not already a member.
  • To send a message, you first need to get “posting privileges” for your email address.  

To get “posting privileges”, please contact the volunteer moderator, James Ingram.  He will give your address ‘posting privileges’.

  • Once you have “posting privileges”, the Groups.io system will ‘accept’ your message and then put it on a web page, plus distribute it to any ‘subscribers’ to the group.
    • ((It will automatically reject messages from others who do not have the  ‘posting privileges’; this is an attempt to keep Spammers from sending Spam messages.))
Common Announcer Errors: 
  • Announcers try to send from a DIFFERENT address, then the address for which they have Posting Privileges — and their message “bounces”.
    • Posting Privileges will work only for the ONE address for which privileges were given.

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