December 11th, 2013

Yahoo email reminds me of Obamacare

Yes, yes, I know Yahoo email is nowhere near as important as Obamacare. But still, the situation is similar enough that I wonder if this sort of thing is a trend.

I’ve railed against Yahoo email’s “new, improved [sic]” version before. I’m not the only one; just Google “I hate Yahoo email” and start clicking. It’s a regular festival of rage. What’s more, Google all you want, but you won’t come up with many people defending it except the executives who designed and pushed it for whatever mysterious and unfathomable reasons of their own.

Here are the similarities to Obamacare, for what its worth:

They didn’t ask us if we wanted it.

It reduces options rather than adding them.

Each attempt to fix it has only made it worse.

People are rageful about it and no one’s listening who’s in a position of power; it appears they will champion it forever.

They have put out BS statements about how great it is and pretend to be responsive as they trash it further.

They do not listen to suggestions.

They lied about it to begin with, telling us this great change was coming.

If we liked our old email, we can’t keep it—although I have to say in Yahoo’s favor that, unlike Obama and the Democrats, they never promised we could keep it. In fact, they explicitly warned us we could not.

9 Responses to “Yahoo email reminds me of Obamacare”

  1. blert Says:

    The e-Proles are being monetized… nothing more… nothing less.

    It’s an industry wide trend that tasks them like Ahab.

  2. Freeven Says:

    At least Yahoo! Mail is free and voluntary.

  3. Ymarsakar Says:

    At least they won’t drone strike your computer for not using yahoo or implant child porn pictures on it, or hack your car’s computer and make it crash into a tree.

  4. fiona Says:

    explicitly and specifically transformed to make room for ads that use up your bandwidth. looking for a new email source.

  5. cornflour Says:

    Have you tried installing Thunderbird? It’s an open-source email client from Mozilla. Once installed, you can connect Thunderbird to your Yahoo email account. Once that’s done, you won’t have to use the Yahoo email web browser interface, unless you’re away from your computer that has Thunderbird installed. Of course, if you have more than one computer, you can install Thunderbird on as many of them as you like.

    I have three email accounts connected to my Thunderbird client. I happen to like the user interface, as well as the convenience of checking three email accounts at once, but not everybody would agree. I guess software preferences can be a matter of taste.

    If you decide to test Thunderbird, then you can just search the web for step-by-step instructions on connecting the Thunderbird client to the Yahoo email server. It’s pretty easy and non-technical. One important point: use the IMAP protocol rather than the POP protocol. This is a selection you’ll need to make during the installation process.

  6. Director_Mitch Says:

    I agree totally with this. I liked the original product and now I hate it. I will in fact start moving my email over to other accounts after having Yahoo email for over 11 years, long enough to have my actual name without any numbers or additional letters.

  7. NeoConScum Says:

    Cussing it out in front of my new laptop’s screen mere moments ago. Obamacare indeed.

  8. Liz Says:

    Searching online for help returning to the previous Yahoo format, I was directed to this procedure which seems to work. At least, I now have tabs!

    What you want is now called “Yahoo Basic”. In the upper right corner of the Inbox screen, locate “Options”. Within the Options page, choose Mail Accounts (under Advanced Options on the left side), then mark “Basic” at the bottom of that page. This will move you from the “Full Featured” format that you and I loathe.

  9. neo-neocon Says:

    Liz:

    Thanks, but I tried that some time ago, and although “Basic” does restore the tabs it’s just too basic, much more basic than “Classic” was. For example, there are no italics.

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