HOW TO do stuff with Yahoo Groups' software
tenaciously typed by Moria Merriweather, who hopes the information is hair-raisingly helpful. Last updated 11/28/02

Yahoo Help can be found at:  This contains MUCH more detailed information than you will find here, in most cases. It covers MANY more topics.

How to subscribe, unsubscribe, and change email settings:

How to write to "the list" and reply to "the list"
  • to send a post to the list, about a new topic:
  • send email to ---OR---
  • go to and write your message
  • to reply to a post if you are reading email: use the "reply" function in your email reader. This will create a new email message, to "". Depending on the settings in your mail reader, it may also put the text of the prior message in the message area.
  • to reply to a post if you are reading the post on the autism-mercury website (from a browser): use the "reply" hyperlink. It is located at the top and bottom of the post. (You must be viewing the individual post to get this link.)  Yahoo will present you with a form which you can use to reply. The form will have the subject line and text of the prior message. You can then add your text, and delete text, as you wish.
  • Some nice things to do when you are writing to the list:
  • use a meaningful "subject" line, which reflects the topic of the post
  • when replying, change the subject line when the topic has changed.
  • when replying, delete excess text that is not the part that you are replying to. If you receive the "digest" version this is VERY important.
  • consider whether to send your reply to "the list" or just to the person who posted. (See how to send private mail, below.) Comments such as "thank you" and "me too" can generally be sent to just the person whose post you are responding to, rather than the whole list.
  • How to send "private mail" in response to a post:
  • if you are reading the post on the autism-mercury website (from a browser): when you are reading a post, the sender's email address is listed with the domain "cut off" [e.g. "moriam@e..."]  What to do to send mail to this person:
  • click on "reply". Yahoo will present you with a form to use to reply. Find the "dropdownlist" where the "TO:" address is listed. (This will be showing "  Click on the little arrow to "expand" the options in the list. Select the address that is a private email address. (It will also be "cut off", but yahoo will use the "whole" email address to send your mail.). Using this option, Yahoo will include the prior message in the reply form.    ---OR---
  • From the page with the individual message listed: If you look carefully, you can note that the "cut off email address" is a hyperlink (it is blue). This is NOT the "reply" hyperlink-- it may take looking at it for a minute or so to find it. Click on the blue hyperlink. Yahoo will then present you with a form which you can use to write to the person. The form is "blank" [it does not contain the text of the post], so if you want to have the text of their post, you have to copy it and paste it into the "form". Also, the form should show that you are writing to one person, e.g. To: "moriam@e...". This is also a way to check that you have the picked the "right" option, and you are not writing to "the list".
  • if you are reading the post in "email" (either "digest" or "individual mail"): You should be able to copy the original poster's email address from the "header" from their email to your new note. HOW this will appear will depend upon what email program you use (and possibly the options you have set in the program).
  • URLs for accessing the list from a browser:
  • the main page:
  • the messages page (also called "the archive"):
  • list of FILES:
  • How to search in the message archive: Miscellaneous other stuff:
  • the list does not accept attachments.  If you send them, they are discarded.
  • all messages and files sent to the list are public.  Anyone can access them, whether they are a "member" or not.
  • you must be a member to post to the list.
  • How to "fix" a URL that "doesn't work":
    There are a number of reasons that a URL might not "work", and I do not pretend to be able to "fix" them all.  None the less here are a couple of things that MAY help:
  • check whether the entire URL that was posted is "blue". Yahoo will make text into hyperlinks (blue), but only for a limited number of characters. If someone posts a URL that is longer than this part of it will be blue and then the end of it is not blue. What to do:
  • carefully copy the entire URL (the blue part and the non-blue part) to an editor (such as "notepad"). Remove any line breaks so that the whole URL is "together" in one piece. Now copy the whole URL and paste it into your browser's "location" window, and go there.  ---OR---
  • carefully type the entire URL (the blue part and the non-blue part) into the "location" window in your browser, and go there.
  • Sometimes when a URL goes to a wrong address, you can find the "right" address by going up a level or two within the URL.  For example, suppose I give you this URL and you want to go read it:   This URL will get a "404 not found" error (unless Dana decides to add a page with that name to try to spite me!)  What to do: remove the end of the URL, going back to the last "slash" mark.  In this case, that gives you:  This URL will work, but will not take you to the page I intended, so then you would still have to look around for the information.  So, this may be helpful, or it may not. (On Dana's site you are sure to find something ELSE that is helpful though, LOL!)
  • Sometimes the URL someone has given goes to a page that is not quite "all the way" to where they wanted to go. (This is often caused by "frames". ug.) Anyway, you may just get, for example, the "home page" for a site, or a "search page" rather than the "search results".  It may be worth poking around to see if you can find the information they cited was there.
  • Problems with your subscription or your account:
  • I would first try:
    1. looking at Yahoo's help,
    2. and looking at "account info". [You can get to your "account info" by going to then logging in, and then clicking on "account info"]
    3. and checking "bounce status". If yahoo has gotten a bunch of mail, which they sent to you, returned to them, they will stop sending you mail (on ALL lists). This is called "bouncing" status.  You can also look at your "bounce history" from here:  Look at the top of the page for "account status". You can read more about bounce status here:
  • if you are not getting mail (and should) and have tried everything else, you can unsubscribe and then resubscribe. This "fixes" some things.
  • if you have problems with your subscription that you cannot solve, you can also write to me at: and ask for help. In addition to general knowledge of computers and yahoogroups, I have the software privileges to be able to look at the settings on your subscription to this list (only).  Although I do NOT "moderate" the list, helping you with problems is the sort of thing that "moderator" status is actually useful for ......