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Yahoo! Outage

Yahoo! Groups service will be down between 15 March and 17 March 2002?

Published Mar 12, 2003


Claim:   Yahoo! servers will be down between 15 March and 17 March 2003.

Status:   False.

Origins:   Once again, an outdated message has arisen from the cyber-graveyard to haunt its originators.

In 2002, Yahoo! posted a message to let users know that its Yahoo! Groups servers were moving to a new location and would therefore be unavailable between the evening of March 15 and the morning of March 17:

Dear Yahoo! Groups Members,

The Yahoo! Groups service will be down Friday March 15 9:00 PM PST (GMT-8) as we move our servers to a new facility. We expect the service to be back up the morning of Sunday March 17.

During this time the web site will be unavailable and email will not be delivered. (Some users may experience email non-delivery notices, but all email should be delivered once service has resumed.) Please note: once the service is back up, there will be email delays due to backlog. We expect these delays to last no longer than 1 day. Please do not re-send email to your group as it will only add to delays.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Yahoo! Groups Team

This undated message remains available on Yahoo!'s web site, leading some Yahoo! users to believe that it is a current notice warning them of an impending service outage, rather than an obsolete warning that was not removed after it had outlived its usefulness.

Last updated:   11 August 2007

David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994.

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