I opened my first-ever email account back in 2000 or 2001. Believe it or not, I still have the thing up and running. I get my Lunch updates there. It was a Yahoo! account, and the email address was email@example.com. Later, I opened two more Yahoo! accounts, one for fun and another for business.
Come the next few months, I'll be closing down the two that remain open. This is going to include knocking out my Yahoo! Sports account, which my fantasy football league runs through. Why? Because I'm sick of the way Yahoo! has been destroying itself from the inside.
For my first few years with Yahoo!, everything was fine. There was nothing particularly special about the account, by to me, email is email, and it has a couple of functions: Send mail. Receive mail. After those, everything else is superfluous. Yahoo! at first did that. It wasn't especially spectacular about it, but it functioned. Then after awhile, Yahoo! began engineering changes which were supposed to make the account more efficient.
The way Yahoo! went about the changes was silly. First, whenever I logged on, they would offer me the chance to switch to the new format. Did it matter? Nope, not since they would be switching formats on a certain date no matter what I wanted. If they were going to make the switch no matter what, why even bother interrupting my email with what's basically a full spam page offering the switch in the first place? Why not just go ahead and do it, since it apparently takes mere seconds anyway?
The change to the current format was supposed to make Yahoo! faster and more efficient. To their credit, it IS faster and more efficient, but only when it decides it wants to work. That's the real gamble nowadays. About half the time, the email page doesn't even load. And often enough when it does, I get nothing but error messages. Provided the whole page loads and I can actually look at emails, I open up my email and then THAT page either comes up blank, refuses to load, or pops up an error message. There appears to be a problem loading my message list. Gee, ya think?
Have I an email or two to delete? Yes, in fact I usually have to delete emails pushing two dozen. Sometimes the Yahoo! system is so buggy that even after deleting them all, they'll all mysteriously reappear back on my page like Penn and Teller were pulling some prank.
When I try to back out of a page after reading an email, I do it by clicking on my inbox icon because simply hitting the back icon has frequently resulted in my getting booted from Yahoo! Mail altogether. If I want to, you know, send a message to someone else, well, it the errors aren't coming more often than not, they certainly feel like they are. I'm trying not to send attachments over Yahoo! anymore because I fear what kinds of shit will happen to them in transition.
To be fair to the spam filter, it does catch most of what it's supposed to catch. It also works a little TOO well sometimes, and I find myself flipping through the spam mail regularly because it also catches several messages that I WANT to receive. Not spam messages I like to read for amusement, but little updates from sites that I frequent and in some cases have subscribed to. Meanwhile, some spam still finds its way through to my regular email list. Also, the email lists don't let you use proper up and down arrows now.
The final straw was that Yahoo! now sees it fit to apparently place spam emails from their advertisers at the top of my email lists sometimes. I can't get rid of them, since they're from the people supporting Yahoo! Although they only put one at the top of my message lists for now, how long before these things completely take over and I have to scroll down before getting any of the messages I wanted to see?
Yahoo! really is an excellent name for this email system. It feels like it's being run by a bunch of luddite yahoos. I'm done there within the next few months, after I figure out how to switch all my accounts.