Let’s see, so far we have at least these major screw-ups:
– Putting a loaded spam gun into the hands of fans with the enticement of a recruitment contest awarding Nintendo Wii and iPod, and refusing to turn off the spam machine fun-gun, under the silly notion that spam only once per group is not still spam.
– Sending spam with the “tell-a-friend” feature that delivers a message with a corrupted return address. The “friend” receives not just an advertisement for Grouply, with Grouply’s corporate logo in it, emphasizing that it is commercial email, but also a hotlink to “become my friend” in grouply.com, and the return address is truncated and contains data corruption that makes it unidentifiable and unusable as a valid email address. I have proof of this happening, courtesy of an actual, real, true friend who received it. So that spam doesn’t have an identifiable source as being from a “friend.”
– Granting message archive access to non-members while they sit in the pending member queue. I remember when they “fixed” that security breach, people asked things like, “How do we know you haven’t or won’t create more problems like this with your back door access caused by an irresponsibly premature public beta release promoted by spam?” Sure enough, there are more …
– Granting message archive access to members in groups where the archive is set to mods only or is even turned off altogether.
– Failing to immediately purge archives of groups that have used their wobbly trial release of an opt-out owner blocking scheme. This has been verified as fact. Even a tiny test group that had only ONE message in it did not get purged after the block was turned on. This was verified by turning the block off and going back in to see what Grouply had in its archive. A message deleted from the YG archive (the only message in that archive) eight days earlier still existed in Grouply’s mirror archive. Grouply members in the group are able to edit the subject line of the old message inside Grouply’s archive, comment on it, and send it off to other people both inside and outside of Grouply’s system, even repost it back to the group if they wanted to.
– Rationalizing away the obvious intrusion perpetrated on owner control of their groups by saying it’s just an email aggregator providing members another way to see data they already had access to.