Yahoo's most irritating page

Yahoo's most irritating page

Summary: I have been using Yahoo Mail and MyYahoo since the early days of the Web, before there was a Google. The latest version of Yahoo Mail does a good job of adapting the look and feel of a familiar desktop mail application to the Web.

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I have been using Yahoo Mail and MyYahoo since the early days of the Web, before there was a Google. The latest version of Yahoo Mail does a good job of adapting the look and feel of a familiar desktop mail application to the Web. However, Yahoo breaks one of the fundamental rules of the user experience by putting what amounts to an interstitial money grubbing page in front of my inbox every time I click into Yahoo Mail. I understand that Yahoo needs to make money, and the home page of Yahoo Mail is a money page, but when I click to view my mail I want to see what is in my inbox, not the latest news headlines. I know where to get the news headlines, and it is not on top of my inbox. I am even willing to pay a modest fee direct access to my email, which would be worth more to Yahoo since I never click on the ads or non-email links on the page and it completely irritates me, and potentially drives me to switch my personal email to Gmail. 


 When clicking into Yahoo Mail, you get news headlines, not your inbox. 

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  • Check your settings...

    I was confused when I read this post, since I have never seen that screen to my recollection. So I logged into my internet Yahoo mail page and looked at it.

    If you notice, there are two tabs on the top of the page when you log in - Home and Inbox. Then over on the right is a link called options. If you click on options, you can change the default start page from Home to Inbox or vice versa.

    This might be the easier solution...
    bh325
    • Indeed

      I can second that. I also have done that, and it solves the problem.
      dkearns72
  • Not if you Pay

    I pay for my Yahoo mail account and it defaults to my email directly, that news info is a secondary tab with the primary tab being my email inbox.
    JoseTorr
  • That's not my experience

    I'm an SBC/AT&T Yahoo subscriber, so I might get different privileges than you do, Dan, but when I click on the mail button in my Yahoo toolbar and sign in, it opens my Inbox. That home page that you mention is one of the tabs, but until you mentioned it, I never even looked at it.

    My vote for most irritating: the fact that I can't get yahoo mail set as my default e-mail, and therefore have to go through the hideously leaky Outlook family as a front-end to my POP/HTML mail in order to do a "send to mail recipient". So, it's not Yahoo's most irritating page any longer, because they have removed from their site the link to an applet or helper that used to correct this problem.

    Then again, I was dumb enough to allow the forced push of IE7 to install, which, in concert with Norton Internet Security, makes it impossible to change my home page away from MSN in IE (7, or 6, which I've sort of gone back to) -- so, even if the applet still worked, I'm shut out from making any changes like that in IE any more anyway.

    And don't get me started on the fact that I can't do it via Firefox, either. It will use whatever mail program I have selected via control panel, but my choices there are Outlook and more Outlook. Unless I want to buy a proprietary front end like Eudora . . . which sort of defeats the purpose of web-based HTML e-mail, in my mind.

    Michael Duca
    mduca@...
    • Impossible to change?

      Hardly. Change the configuration in Norton, then through the Internet option in Control Panel.

      And, you don't have to buy Eudora, or Thunderbird, or any of a host of other front ends.

      And, yes, you can use Firefox. Or, Opera.
      Dr. John
      • erm

        what are you on about?
        usrhlp
  • What do you consider "modest" in a fee?

    "I am even willing to pay a modest fee direct access to my email"

    As someone pointed out, paying for Yahoo! Mail Plus means you go straight to your Inbox, bypassing our welcome page. Additionally, you get double the storage, no ads and several other nice features (AddressGuard is nice).

    http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/mail/plus/plus-14.html
    rckenned
    • Modest fee

      $19.99 is the annual fee for YMail Plus (why not just $20)...for price of dinner I can get rid of the money page and get more stuff, which I don't necessarily need...or just use Google mail. I would say $20 is a modest fee...
      dbfarber
      • stupid article

        What im guessing is that because you have a basic platform to place idiotic rubbish on you decided to do just that instead of check your facts and options first.

        I do not pay for yahoo mail and i never see that page you are banging on about. Get your facts right first then delete this article.
        usrhlp
  • Y!Mail has long had a much worse feature

    It galls the heck out of me to be forced to re-log in daily on my own computer to read my mail. Why is this necessary? Can't Yahoo figure out how to read a cookie? Or don't they know why these things are called [i]personal[i] computers?
    macmcf
    • Re: Y!Mail has long had a much worse feature

      That's odd ... I have had a Yahoo account since 96 or so and for almost all that time, Yahoo goes several days at a time without asking me to re-login. I just tell it to remember me at this computer, or whatever it asks at the mail.yahoo.com login page.
      marzolian@...
  • I agree!

    I also use GMail, but I am guilty of continuing my Yahoo! mail, too, because I feel somewhat obligated since I an active in one of their groups. Wouldn't it be great if there was a secure mail service?
    anthropologist8161