There seems to be a trend amongst many online services to delete or scale back the services of the message boards and/or mailing lists that they offer. Most genealogists now know Ancestry.com recently announced that the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued on March 2, 2020.
See my earlier article at https://blog.eogn.com/2020/01/07/rootsweb-mailing-lists-to-be-discontinued/ that includes the announcement from Ancestry.com as well as a number of comments from the company’s customers expressing displeasure with the announcement. If you are a user of Ancestry.com’s mailing lists on RootsWeb, you probably will want to read that announcement as well as the comments that followed it.
I also posted a comment to that article: “In short, my advice to genealogists is the same as my advice to most anyone else: If you are unhappy with the service you have been using, look for alternatives. You are free to do so. That’s what free enterprise is all about. There is no monopoly.”
Of course, Ancestry.com is not the only web site that is cutting back on mailing lists and/or message boards. Yahoo Groups has recently gone through a similar reduction in its many mailing lists (and the Yahoo Ham Radio mailing list I subscribe to is up in arms about the reduction!)
Newsletter reader “Chris in CT” and a number of other newsletter readers asked similar questions: