I got this email (posted below) because I was a member of the Yahoo Group for Scenic Artists. The yahoo group is no longer accessible and will be permanently erased at the end of January. After some googling, I found a relatively simple set of instructions on how to download the group data set and a type of mbox reader you can use to view the information. It is a massive amount of data. I did a word occurrence count on the first one million words, about 1/5 of the total. Here is a simple poem of a few of the first unique words in order;
Know work. Paints good, painting people.
the email from Yahoo
Hi Yahoo Member,
In recent weeks, we communicated the latest changes to Yahoo Groups and explained how to request a download of any content you’ve previously posted to the platform. Some Groups users asked us for more time, and in response to these requests, we have decided to extend the deadline. Groups users now have until Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PST to submit a request for their data.
We have now taken down all user content from the Yahoo Groups website. However, we will continue to accept users’ requests for their data until January 31, 2020, and will ensure these have been fulfilled prior to deleting the data.