No Yahoo! hasn’t changed it’s name to Insane!. It’s just their behavior that has gone insane.
If you’ve been a member of some online group for quite some time, chances are that the group is on Yahoo! Groups. Same with me. This story is concerned with my college batch online egroup. Yahoo! groups has a very useful feature which let’s you specify ANY email address for your mails to be delivered (and receive mails from, obviously). I had configured it to my company mail id.
Now like a lot of people, I have two Yahoo! ids, NB and AS. The group is configured with NB. Today, I decided to change it to one of my other Yahoo! id AS, mostly because I use it as the primary id.
….but it won’t get changed. The error
- Your email address “[email protected]” is in an invalid format.
- Invalid Email Address.Your Email address of [email protected] belongs to yahoo.co.in which is restricted from use in Yahoo! registrations. Please choose a different email address.
I thought, they might be allowing only “yahoo.com” addresses. So I changed my input to “[email protected], hoping for an error message that the specified email address doesn’t exist… but what I get is:
- Invalid Email Address.Your Email address of [email protected] belongs to yahoo.com which is restricted from use in Yahoo! registrations. Please choose a different email address.
Now WHAT IN THE HELL are the Yahoo! developers thinking? They don’t think that it’ll stop people from creating more than one id… or do they?