Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
I saw this on another group and thought I'd pass it along. Someone has been joining communities with the nickname YAHOO COMMUNITY MONITOR, and then posting the following:
Yahoo Community Monitor says:
Yahoo Group Managers have been receiving a few complaints about your group. I am required to join your site and monitor it for about one month. I will not do anything to damage or ruin your site, I am only required to monitor it. The only thing required of you is to accept my application and make me a Manager of your group for the time I am there. If you cannot meet these requirements, Yahoo will have to shut your group down.
This person is a fake, and has been deleting groups once made a manager. Ban the person immediately. Please let other groups know about this problem. And remember to report the incident immediately to yahoo if this person does join your group!!
Origins: We don't quite know what to make of this warning, which began appearing in inboxes in mid-November 2002. The scenario it describes is plausible, but we've heard only a few anecdotal reports of any Yahoo! discussion groups deleted by a prankster who joined them claiming to be a "Yahoo Community Monitor":
Sadly, I have proof that this is not just an "urban legend", because the buffyNcordy list has been deleted, apparently in this manner.
Moderators, please read the attached message and DO NOT grant this person the power to destroy your list.
Yahoo! does not maintain a staff of "community monitors" to supervise suspect groups, and no mention of "community monitors" appears in Yahoo!'s Terms of Service. The curious wording of this message — Yahoo! Groups are "discussion groups" not "communities," and they have "owners" and "moderators" rather than "managers" — indicates that it was probably a warning originally applicable to former MSN Communities (now known as MSN Groups) members and has since been modified to apply to Yahoo! Groups.
Yahoo! Groups' policing policy is that they may remove objectionable groups or ill-behaved users once those issues are brought to their attention, but Yahoo! itself doesn't go looking for them. Moreover, Yahoo! specifically states they do not control the content of the groups they host:
Yahoo does not control the Content posted via the Service and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content.
Barbara "gaited community" Mikkelson
Last updated: 30 October 2007