As the end of 2012 approaches, We are looking at wrapping up some activities which we started earlier this year. Appropriate to end of year, is a clean up of inactive groups. We did an assessment earlier this year and want to delete groups which are no longer being used.
The motivation to remove old, inactive groups is purely one to enahance the experience of you, the user. Eliminating 'old' groups will help make it easier for you to find the groups you seek from both a browse and a search standpoint.
We took inventory of the groups earlier this year, and identified those which did not have any activity for more than six montns. Our summer intern then tried to contact each of the group owners/admins to let them know we were considering deleting their group unless they responded otherwise. We did have several folks tell us they still needed their groups. We did not include secret groups in this assessment.
Now as the pace of work slows for the holiday, we want to finally delete these groups. This will happen during the between Christmas and New Years. I wanted to give some final notice that we are doing this, so if there is a group that is inactive that you would like to still keep, please let us know. You can post a comment here or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thanks for reading. I hope to start posting more frequently again to tell you more about things we're doing on the Network.