Yahoo had recently rolled out their new group interface ‘neo’, on 7th August 2013 for selected groups. It become live over my groups yesterday. Its definitely a great young and fresh interface as per its name ‘neo ‘, but their are few functionality drops and slow performance over the various modules. I will be sharing what need to be done, to improve and make the Admin, Moderators and users happy.
Features ‘Neo’ dropped:
These are the key features loved by group moderators and administrators, these features make their work easier, fast and smooth.
Editing a message and making it properly available to the Members is the key responsibility of Group admin and moderators.
- When a message is send to a group, it can be clean or it can contain hundreds of email addresses of the users to it has been send before reaching the group. Moderators removes all such email addresses, cleans the message and sends it to Members.
- Sometime a message is being sent with promotional purpose, but holds quality information. Moderators edit the promotional part and approves the message to the group.
Select box should be their for custom bulk delete, approve or delete as spam option. I really miss delete as spam option. Individual deletion and approval process is consuming a lot of moderators, hence can be supported by a select box.
Edit Membership and Send Message:
These two are the life savers for moderators interaction to the members, and resolving their queries instantly. At times when a new member registers with a group, it make message delivery option as daily digest, but later wants to change it to individual or want to leave a group. Member being not aware of group available functionalists mails the group with his/her request. Moderators as per their request executes instantly or mails the member from their itself.
Features ‘Neo’ Introduced:
New features that Neo Introduced can be termed cool and attractive, but each features is accompanied with some problems.
Auto scrolling is one of the finest feature, but image you have 500+ messages and a slow internet connection. It could take a lot of time to see the latest messages, image a case when connection drops. So, for this the order of message appearance need to to changed; latest message should come first than the old messages, just like our email inbox.
Attachment indication should be provided, if their is a attachment in the message.
Message Pop Up Window:
I Loved this features, but loading time need to be improved. The attached images to the message are not showing in the message window, while the images hosted over other servers are visible in the message window. This provides a lot of difficulty in approving the message to the group. Since their are no visual indication towards attachments in the message.
I don’t find any short coming with this feature, it eventually makes group page look more attractive.
Group Activity list:
A new group activity list is provided to the Left hand side of the group pages, which makes scrolling to other groups in the list easier.
Features ‘Neo’ Should Introduced:
As detailed in the dropped and introduced features, lets conclude with the following requirements:
- Html Edit of Messages,
- Attachment indication to be provided,
- Attached images should appear in the message window,
- Select box for custom deletion/approval,
- Edit Membership and Send Message for perfect group moderation,
- Auto scrolling order of messages, should begin with latest messages first.
Lets hope Yahoo! Groups look to bring these changes and improve this new interface.