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I'd like to see Yahoo ...

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Sold to Microsoft
  2279 votes / 8%
Sold to the 3-member consortium
  632 votes / 2%
Sold to some other party (described below)
  466 votes / 1%
Somehow survive on its own
  7306 votes / 28%
Suffer the same fate as Alderaan
  14657 votes / 57%
25340 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
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  • Flickr? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) <whineymacfanboy@gmail.com> on Sunday October 09, 2011 @08:12PM (#37657722) Homepage Journal

    39% think it should be blown to smithereens?

    What about Flickr?

    • by Trogre (513942)

      That right there is actually a very good reason not to let evil behemoths such as Microsoft anywhere Yahoo(!).

      • by macshit (157376)
        Yeah ... yahoo in general, well, whatever, but flickr's a gem, and it would be a real shame to see MS get their hands on it, as they'd almost certainly destroy it.
        • Microsoft has had their eyes on Yahoo! for a while now. They want more "mind-share". Personally, I'd rather see a few big players in the search market than a bunch of fragmented smaller ones. Yes, this is a hostile takeover. I still think it's for the best.
        • by Trogre (513942)

          Yes, that's pretty much what I was saying. Except I tend to go a little further and state that anything gives more power to Microsoft, whether or not they destroy it, is a bad thing.

        • by ozbon (99708)
          Correction : Flickr *was* a gem, but then it got bought by Yahoo and now it's just another turd in the bowl. 500px has become what Flickr was (or should've been)
    • I can't speak for the other people who voted to blow it up, but I went that way because really I couldn't care less what happens to them. As the Mythbusters say, "when in doubt, c4!"

      • I can't speak for the other people who voted to blow it up, but I went that way because really I couldn't care less what happens to them.

        You don't want competition? I don't like Microsoft's business practices but I still want them around because of competition. Actually I wish we had more competition not less, with more competition there's more progress.

        Falcon

        • by hedwards (940851)

          Yahoo isn't being competitive though, they haven't been spending enough on R&D to keep up with what Google is spending.

          Personally, I voted for the Alderaan option just because of the sheer arrogance of turning down MS' huge offer trying to get more.

          • Yahoo isn't being competitive though, they haven't been spending enough on R&D to keep up with what Google is spending.

            Just because Yahoo! isn't spending as much as Google doesn't mean they not being competitive.

            Personally, I voted for the Alderaan option just because of the sheer arrogance of turning down MS' huge offer trying to get more.

            I was opposed to MS's offer too, and I've not invested in Yahoo! I want to start my own business and unless it were a humungous offer I wouldn't want to sell either. If I did sell I'd turn around and start another business.

            Falcon

          • by tnk1 (899206)

            There was a time where Yahoo was actually called the 800 pound gorilla of search. And yes, that was a long time ago, but it may explain the arrogance. I wonder what Google will do when it ends up looking back at its glory days.

        • by Aryden (1872756)
          If you are under the impression that Yahoo is still in competition with Google and Bing... you are mistaken. The only real use for yahoo at this juncture is to inundate its users with advertisement.
          • If you are under the impression that Yahoo is still in competition with Google and Bing

            Yahoo! is still competition, it may not be much but it is competition [onelook.com]. Are you saying Yahoo! is trying to lose money?

            The only real use for yahoo at this juncture is to inundate its users with advertisement.

            If there are no eyeballs there are no advertizers. And even /. has ads. As does Bing and Google.

            Falcon

            • by Aryden (1872756)
              Yes, they do, but they also offer their customers something more than just email addresses.
        • Yahoo hasn't been competition for anyone in at least 5 years. They're a relic of the Dot.Com days that never grew up...
      • by residieu (577863)

        Yeah, if there'd been a "I don't care" option, I'd have gone with that. But the prospect of an "earth-shattering kaboom!" was hard to pass up.

        The only service I use much anymore is yahoo groups, and I'm sure there are other free mailing list services out there. Oh, and I like to be a jerk on yahoo answers. I'm probably better off without that service.

    • by Chrisq (894406)

      39% think it should be blown to smithereens?

      What about Flickr?

      yes blowing it up will make a great video that we can post on Fli.....Oh wait!

    • I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!

      Besides, flikr would probably survive in core technology form and be released from being shackled to the bellowing Carnifex that is yahoo as it sinks into the ooze.

  • AOL should pick them up real cheap. Dunno why they would, tho. I'm sure AOL could actually make it useful and more organized.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You mean like netscape, or winamp? They are so much more successful now that they're under the AOL umbrella!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If Yahoo is given the Alderaan treatment, i.e. having its entire planet blown to smithereens, that includes YOU, TOO!

    Morons....

    • by nurb432 (527695)

      If Yahoo is given the Alderaan treatment, i.e. having its entire planet blown to smithereens, that includes YOU, TOO!

      And your point?

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by artor3 (1344997)

      Think about this: What happened to Alderaan? Would you say that "its entire planet was blown up" or that "it was blown up"? Considering that Alderaan was the planet, it would have to be option two. Phrasing -- it matters!

      • by cshark (673578)

        I think blowing up earth because yahoo has sucked for years would be hilarious.
        Not that I would care much afterward.

        Just sayin...

        • I think blowing up earth because yahoo has sucked for years would be hilarious.

          There are worse reasons. Like, the president signing something without reading it, e.g.

          • I think blowing up earth because yahoo has sucked for years would be hilarious.

            There are worse reasons. Like, the president signing something without reading it, e.g.

            ... or because we forgot to lodge a formal complaint at the Alpha Centauri local planning office. After all, the plans were there for 50 years.

    • by SEE (7681)

      Alderaan was blown up in Star Wars.

      So ot's equally valid to understand the collective mind of /. as actually wanting Yahoo! to be in Star Wars. And I'm pretty sure Lucas can, in fact, digitally insert Yahoo! into the upcoming 3D version of Star Wars . . .

    • by black3d (1648913)

      Alderaan didn't "have it's planet blown up", Alderaan was a planet, so the equivalency to Alderaan blowing up is Yahoo blowing up, not Earth blowing up.

  • by sasha328 (203458) on Sunday October 09, 2011 @08:59PM (#37658020) Homepage

    I like these two. I use yahoo mail as my main (private) email application. I would hate to see this absorbed into hotmail. I don't see them surviving on their own for much longer though. Bing and Google seem to be the two biggest at the moment, with google the biggest by far. Bing is the default on windows and google is a verb... yahoo is just not a search destination anymore. Back in the days, I used to use search.yahoo.com quite a lot. Simple design and quick enough. But, I guess the world will move on.

    • Well, they already screwed up Flickr. The instant they started putting advertising on pro accounts they saw most of the good talent leave. Now it's just HDR crap with no sense of composition. And the new interface loads so much slower, too. ugh. Why can't these companies leave good enough alone? Google's the same way, taking perfectly good components like their image search and turning it into utter crap.
    • I use yahoo mail as my main (private) email application.

      And I especially appreciate all of the ads you people email me in the signature.

      Yahoo, the only email service where every email is spam.

    • I'm on the same situation. It seems it's time we move our emails out of Yahoo!, and help it get the same fate as Aldebaran.

      I really don't want to do that, but the idea of having them aquired by Microsoft and using Hotmail for important email makes me afraid.

      I'm thinking about registering a domain now.

  • I only go on Yahoo because they bought eGroups (mailing lists), else, I about never went on it, and I'm on the net since about 1990, I was a lycos/altavista guy :)
    • I only go on Yahoo because they bought eGroups (mailing lists), else, I about never went on it, and I'm on the net since about 1990, I was a lycos/altavista guy :)

      I was using Yahoo! before it bought eGroups, I used Yahoo Clubs back then. After the switch to eGroups they went down though. One of them went from hundreds of posts a day to less than 100 post so far this year. I dropped out of others. For searches, I used mostly AltaVista and DMoz until switching to Google. But I still use Yahoo! mail.

      Falcon

      • by bytta (904762)

        I was using Yahoo before it was cool.

        I was using Yahoo before it was cool to do things before they were cool.

        Falcon

        Fixed that for the both of you.

  • Google! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by RebelWithoutAClue (578771) on Sunday October 09, 2011 @10:31PM (#37658478) Homepage
    Seriously though, Google absolutely needs the competition. I hope MS acquires Y! and does something good with it.
    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      They have Bing already - and doing a not-too-bad job there it seems. Honestly I don't see what Yahoo! could bring to MS in terms of search expertise. For that sake MS could save a lot by just buying out some key staff of Yahoo! instead.

      And yes it'd be good to see Google get some competition. MS is probably one of the few companies big enough to set up something on that scale though, any other competitors would have to start from scratch (like Google did themselves - albeit with the help of a pretty decent

    • by Hackysack (21649)

      Because MS has done such a good job of all their online offerings to date?

      I'm afraid that MS grabbing yahoo would mean the death of yahoo. Mind you, I haven't used yahoo in any meaningful way really ever. The internet, and the world are better off with Yahoo being Yahoo. We need more companies driving the internet, not less.

      MS buying yahoo would be a bad call for MS as well. They don't need to spend more billions down a path of online presence than they're already haemorrhaging billions down, MS needs

    • by phx_zs (1772496)
      "Google absolutely needs the competition. I hope MS acquires Y!" Was that supposed to be a joke?
    • by ggeens (53767)

      Seriously though, Google absolutely needs the competition. I hope MS acquires Y! and does something good with it.

      It's pretty obvious what would happen when MS buys Yahoo!:

      • Search is already handled by Bing, no change there.
      • Mail is migrated to hotmail/live.
      • Flickr, groups: MS doesn't have an alternative for those. They'll add in a lot of developers to port it to Windows servers.
      • Zimbra either gets spun off, or is killed.
      • Most Yahoo! technical staff leaves while the BSD infrastructure is replaced by Windows.

      In 5 years time, nothing is left of Yahoo!

      • You make sense. Ok, so I may have been guilty of wishful thinking.
      • Seriously though, Google absolutely needs the competition. I hope MS acquires Y! and does something good with it.

        It's pretty obvious what would happen when MS buys Yahoo!:

        • Search is already handled by Bing, no change there.
        • Mail is migrated to hotmail/live.
        • Flickr, groups: MS doesn't have an alternative for those. They'll add in a lot of developers to port it to Windows servers.
        • Zimbra either gets spun off, or is killed.
        • Most Yahoo! technical staff leaves while the BSD infrastructure is replaced by Windows.

        In 5 years time, nothing is left of Yahoo!

        Ummm... why would VMware spin off Zimbra?

      • VMware purchase Zimbra from Yahoo! on Jan. 12, 2010. So Zimbra is not in the equation.
    • by Shompol (1690084)
      Yahoo search redirects to Bing -- not much of competition
  • They're just one of those innumerable companes that have no effect on me. If they didn't exist, I would probably not even notice.

  • With every improvement to email, TV listings, even the weather, the usability of each part of Yahoo just gets worse and worse. They can't even keep their *comics* page consistently updated. With every "improvement," I go somewhere else. The javascript options for each text field make things harder, not easier.

    The best thing they could do would be to revert to what their site was in 1998. At least then, I could get to things and find information without wading through a sea of marketing trash and javascript

  • But surely ... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Roxoff (539071) on Monday October 10, 2011 @11:41AM (#37663960) Homepage
    Sold to Microsoft == Suffer the same fate as Alderaan
    • Darth Balmer?

      That would explain a lot. So, that would make Bill the Emperor? Bill is Borg ... that would make Bill the Borg Queen

      That would explain a lot. Either that or I'm stoned.

  • But without someone else coming in and mucking them up. Yahoo hosts my email for my DSL account, but I never login to their site for it, can't stand Yahoo's interfaces - buckets of annoying ads and such.

  • Although the original thread in Yahoo Answers is pretty informative, I do feel as though the responses don't really address the two clearly worded questions of the original poster. I see that the question has been asked again repeatedly in there since. If Yahoo could only just clearly answer the question once and for all, I might get behind them. Until then, my feeling is Alderaan chunks everywhere [adultswim.com]!

    In the meantime, this [somethingawful.com] will have to do.

  • Like British Telecom in the uk for its broadband clients. Maybe outsourcing email may cost them a huge amount of time and hassle, unless they join the bidders for say the bits of yahoo they deem of value.

  • by JustOK (667959)

    They do have a neat set of api's. The YUI can be a pretty useful tool for web page design.

  • I wonder though. If Yahoo was sold to Microsoft what would they get out of it that they don't have now? They'd probably blow it to bits and try to salvage some of the user base.....

  • I'd like to see Yahoo merge with T-Mobile.

  • No idea who these guys are, but the word "suffer" is in that option, and that's exactly what I want yahoo to do.
  • Can I buy Yahoo?
    Can't be worth much more than that.
  • I have an old email account from Geocities. Yes, it still works, though I can only receive and not send.

    When Yahoo bought Geocities, they folded all of the email accounts into their service, with a ".geo" appended to the end of the user name. So I have both a username@geocities.com and a username.geo@yahoo.com address.

    I would hate to see what happens when Google buys their service, especially since I already have an account of theirs. My school decided decided to get Google-powered webmail accounts, so now

    • by Zuriel (1760072)

      Sounds more like the metalwork or math teacher who wound up with the job of IT Admin saw the Youtube check box, thought 'I don't want students using that at school!' and unticked it, disabling Youtube for your account. Which probably doesn't stop you from watching Youtube videos. Find whoever's responsible and hit them with a clue-by-four.

      Apologies if your school has competent IT, I'm judging based on my own experiences.

  • Sell it to the "church" of scientology, that way Xinu will have a favourite web browser when escapes from the volcano and comes to the surface to kill us all!!!!!
  • "Fired...out of a cannon and into the Sun."
  • by affenmann (195152)

    Yawho?

  • That might be worth a few million.

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