Yahoo Groups mepbmlist Migration

The migration from the mepbmlist mailing list on Yahoo Groups to the MEPBM Forums has been completed. This includes over 22,000 emails posted to the group from 1999 to 2019 (20 years!), organized into nearly 9,000 topics, categorized as “mepbmlist”. These historical messages have been imported to the MEPBM Forums so that the content can be searchable by players.

The mepbmlist on Yahoo Groups will now be retired. Middle-earth Games will be using the MEPBM Forums to post announcements, and important announcement will be categorized as “GM Announcements” which will email all Forums users as though this was an email announcements list. Only Middle-earth Games and Forum Administrators are able to categorize topics as GM Announcements. Replies to GM Announcements will be posted on the MEPBM Forums as part of the topic, instead of email.

If you have any questions about the migration, please reply to this topic.

Thank you.

NOTE: The 22,000+ email messages from the mepbmlist Yahoo Group were imported to the MEPBM Forums as individual messages, not as conversation threads. To avoid common subject titles getting grouped together into a long topics spanning multiple conversations across multiple years, we opted to import all messages from the mepbmlist Yahoo Group as single-post topics instead.

In most cases, you will not see the entire conversation history based on a single topic (from the subject title in the email) as the import script cannot easily distinguish between a common, repeated subject title such as “New Riddle” or “Important Announcement” from two different periods of time (e.g. the years 2001 and 2012) talking about entirely different topics that just happen to use the same subject. In some cases, the import script was able to group multiple messages together into a single topic based on repeated, commented text.

As these posts are imported for historical records primarily for the ability to research various game issues and topics that have been posted about in the past, this limitation should not matter. A search for “gurthang”, for instance, will show all posts mentioning “gurthang”, even if they are not grouped together in conversations.