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Yahoo Groups Instructions


Joining a Yahoo! Group

Adding or Changing E-mail Address

Linking an E-Mail Address to a Yahoo ID

Changing Delivery Option

 

Joining a Yahoo! Group

A Yahoo! Group is an e-mail discussion group. By sending an e-mail to the group e-mail address, it is distributed to all members of the group. You also will receive all messages sent in by other members.

You have two options for joining a group.

The first option is to send a blank e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (where xxxx is the name of the group as it appears in the group's internet address). This option allows you to send and receive e-mail messages but does not allow you access to the features of the group's home page, such as the its files and bookmarks (links) sections. A great deal of useful information is often available in these sections.

If you are not a Yahoo! Groups member, Yahoo will send you an e-mail requesting you verify your e-mail address. You must respond to this e-mail.

The second option provides access to the features of the home page in addition to the ability to send and receive group e-mail messages. It involves obtaining a Yahoo ID and linking it to your e-mail address. Unfortunately, Yahoo doesn't make it simple.

If you already participate in Yahoo! Groups, you just need to go to click on the link to the group you wish to join or go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/xxxx and click on "Join this Group."

If you have a Yahoo ID, e.g., a Yahoo e-mail account, but do not yet participate in Yahoo! Groups you just need to go to http://groups.yahoo.com/, enter your Yahoo ID and password, then click on Account Info, click on Edit in the Membership Info box, and follow the instructions below starting with "Enter your e-mail address where it says Alternate E-mail."

To obtain a Yahoo ID, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/

Click on "Click here to Register" in the upper left.

Fill in the form by selecting a Yahoo ID and password. You only need to provide required information.

WRITE DOWN YOUR YAHOO ID AND PASSWORD! Keep it where you can find it.

Enter your e-mail address where it says "Alternate E-mail."

When you've completed the form click "Submit."

Yahoo will now send you an e-mail with your authorization code.

Click on the link provided in that message. Enter the authorization code.

Click continue.

You'll now be asked to enter your Yahoo ID and password.

Check the box "Remember my ID on this computer." That way you will not be required to sign in each time you return to the home page.

You can now click on the link to the group you wish to join or go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/xxxx and click on "Join this Group."

Most of the groups have restricted membership, which means that the group's moderator must approve your membership. This is done to protect the privacy of the members of the group by insuring that people joining the group have a legitimate interest in the group. Usually you will receive an e-mail from the group's moderator requesting certain information. Your answers are confidential. Once you have replied to the moderator's e-mail, your membership will be approved.

Once you are a member of a group, you may send (post) a message to the group by simply writing an e-mail and addressing it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There are 3 ways available for you to receive messages. The first is Individual E-mails, in which every message is sent to you individually. The second is Daily Digest, in which you receive all the day's messages in one e-mail. The third is No E-Mail, in which you will receive no e-mails but can read the messages by clicking on Messages on the home page.

You can change your delivery option by clicking on Edit My Membership on the home page, or by sending a blank e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the digest, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the No E-Mail option, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive individual e-mails.

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Adding or Changing E-mail Address

To add or change an e-mail address in your profile, go to the home page of any of your Yahoo Groups (e.g., http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RaisingChinaChildren) and click on Account Info at the top. You'll be prompted to put in your Yahoo ID and password.

Then under Membership Info click Edit.

You can then add an e-mail address in one of the Alternate Address boxes.

Click Non-verified.

Yahoo will then send an e-mail to that address, to which you reply to verify the address.

Once that's done, you can go back to a home page and click on My Groups.

Then click on Edit My Groups, select the address you want to use from the pull-down menu, and click Save Changes at the top or bottom of the page.

You can later delete any addresses you're not using by going to My Preferences and clicking on Edit under E-mail Addresses. You should wait a week or two before doing that.

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Linking an E-Mail Address to a Yahoo ID

The method is essentially the same as for adding or changing an e-mail address. This procedure is used when you have a Yahoo ID but it is not accepted to access the home page of a group to which they belong.

Click on My Preferences from any Yahoo Groups page, sign in with your Yahoo ID and password, and see if your e-mail address is "available for subscription," i.e., linked to your Yahoo ID.

If it isn't, you need to go to Account Info, click Edit under Member Info, add your e-mail address in one of the Alternate E-Mail boxes, and click Non-verified.

Yahoo will then send you an e-mail to verify the e-mail address. You must reply to the e-mail. Your e-mail address should show up within a couple of hours in My Preferences.

You can then go to My Groups, and click Edit My Membership to check that the e-mail address is correctly attached to your groups in the drop-down boxes. Click Save Changes if you change anything.

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Changing Delivery Option

There are four options available to receive messages from Yahoo!Groups. The first is Individual E-mails. As each message comes in to the group, it is sent to you in an e-mail. The second is Daily Digest. With this option you receive all of the messages for the day at once. The third is No E-mail. You will receive no e-mails but may read the messages through the group's home page. A Yahoo ID is required to use this option. The fourth is Special Announcements Only. It is like No E-mail except that the moderator may send a message he/she designates as a special announcement to you by direct e-mail.

The best way to go to change delivery options is to go to http://groups.yahoo.com/mygroups You should see all your groups listed.

Click on Edit My Groups and then select the delivery option you want from the drop down menus on the right. You can do all your groups at once that way.

Then click Save Changes.

You can do the same thing for a particular group from that group's home page by clicking on Edit My Membership.

The other way to change delivery option is by e-mail. This method doesn't work as reliably and often takes 24 hours or more to take effect.

To do any of the following send a blank e-mail to (where xxxx is the name of the group: Subscribe: xxxx-subscribe @ yahoogroups.com

Unsubscribe: xxxx-unsubscribe@ yahoogroups.com
Change Delivery to Daily Digest: xxxx-digest @ yahoogroups.com
Change Delivery to Individual E-mails: xxxx-normal @ yahoogroups.com
Change Delivery to No Mail(requires Yahoo ID to view messages): xxxx-nomail @ yahoogroups.com

There is no e-mail command for Special Announcements Only.

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China Adoption Mailing Lists

There are a number of e-mail Mailing Lists related to China Adoption. With the consolidation of websites, these have all ended up as part of the Yahoo Groups constellation. There are several major lists, and many smaller ones. Ron Margolin has created and maintains a consolidated a listing of the smaller groups on the 'Raising Chinese Children' listserve that he moderates. A big thanks to Ron for his hard work keeping these lists up to date.

Subscribing to the Lists

 

These lists are now part of the YahooGroups program. You must subscribe by going to the YahooGroups website and registering with Yahoo Groups. Then use the links below to take you directly to the groups that you are interested in. Here is Ron's very detailed page of Yahoo Group Instructions.

Major Lists

Most of these are quite active, you should probably start out getting these in digest form rather than the individual message version.

  • A list for pre-China families is called a-parents-china.

     

  • A list for post-China families is called post-adopt-china

     

  • The Raising Chinese Children list is a friendly and supportive community for discussion of issues of adopted Chinese children who have reached preschool and school ages.

     

  • The RCC complete List of Lists on Yahoo Groups.

     

  • Lists of Groups

  • Adoption Agency-Related Yahoo!Groups A list of discussion groups associated with particular adoption agencies. In general, membership in these groups is limited to clients of that agency.

     

  • China Adoptive Families Activities and Interests Yahoo!Groups A list of Yahoo! Groups which appeal to the diverse interests of China adoptive families, including hobbies, posting photos, books, writing, and religious activities. Not all are China-specific. Groups with fewer than 10 members have been omitted.

     

  • DTC YahooGroups and Web Sites A list of active Dossier-to-China Yahoo! Groups, according to the month your dossier went to China, and their associated web sites.

     

  • Diverse Family Types Yahoo!Groups A list of Yahoo! Groups for diverse family types. Yes, almost all our families are diverse. This is a list of discussion groups with particular appeal to subsets of the China adoption community - singles, families who have adopted older children, etc. Included are both China adoption groups and non-China-specific groups. Groups with less than 10 members have been omitted.

     

  • General China Adoption Yahoo!Groups A list of Yahoo! Groups that deal with many aspects of the China adoption process and raising adopted Chinese children, and therefore have appeal to broad segments of the China adoption community. Groups with fewer than 10 members have been omitted.

     

  • Health and Development Yahoo!Groups A comprehensive list of China adoption Yahoo! Groups and a selected list of other groups related to health and development that may be of interest to our members.

     

  • International China Adoption Yahoo!Groups A list of China adoption discussion groups from outside the United States. Groups with fewer than 10 members have been omitted.

     

  • Local FCC and Other Regional Yahoo!Groups A comprehensive list of discussion groups related to local, state and regional chapters of Families with Children from China, and other regional groups of interest.

     

  • Orphanage- and Province-specific Yahoo!Groups A (hopefully) complete list of specific orphanage discussion groups. They are listed alphabetically by city (or province) with the province in parentheses, followed by the URL of the group.

     


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