This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 128

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! Before we start, the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer was released this week! Are you as excited about it as we are? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


Our first news story of the week concerns the upcoming Yahoo Groups closure, originally scheduled for December 14. Since Verizon announced the closure in October, the OTW has been working in support of fandom efforts to preserve as much content from the platform as possible; you might have heard the chair of our Open Doors committee on an NPR segment on December 9, or read the open letter we recently sent to Verizon asking them to extend the closing deadline.

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Open Letter to Verizon: Extend the Deletion Deadline for Yahoo Groups

The OTW Open Doors Committee has sent the following letter to leadership at Verizon to request that they extend the deadline for deletion of existing archives of Yahoo Groups files and messages by at least six months. This request follows Yahoo’s announcement that Yahoo Groups will be permanently closing, and deleting all previously posted material on December 14, 2019. The OTW previously reported on the Yahoo Groups closure in its posts Yahoo Groups Closure – What You Can Do and Yahoo Groups Closure – What You Can Do – Part 2.

Please respectfully contact Verizon’s Executive Team via email or Twitter with a link to this post requesting an extension through May 14, 2020. If you are tweeting, be certain to include news groups that have covered the Yahoo shutdown, such as CNET (@CNET), TechRadar (@TechRadar), Boing Boing (@BoingBoing), or The Telegraph (@Telegraph). Read More

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Yahoo Groups Closure – What You Can Do – Part 2

Recently we posted that that Yahoo Groups will be permanently closing, and deleting all previously posted material on December 14, 2019. This post is an update to our previous post, to signal boost current preservation efforts.

Before we launch into details, we have two requests.

Many Yahoo Group members and moderators have no clue that Yahoo Groups will be deleting their files, photo and message archives on December 14, 2019. We need everyone who is a member of a Yahoo Group to copy and paste the message below into their Yahoo Groups and to also ask that every other Yahoo Group member who is reading your message to copy and paste the same message to their Yahoo Groups. If we want to save our fandom history, we need to do what we have always done and use our networks of fan friends to help one another.

Yahoo Groups will be deleting our files, photos and message archives on December 14, 2019. Many moderators and Groups remain unaware. Please forward this message and this link: https://opendoors.transformativeworks.org/yahoo-groups-rescue-project/ to all of your Yahoo Groups and ask your fellow Group members to do the same. And then request a copy of your Yahoo Groups data from Verizon at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/getmydata Read More