Just tried to join the Yahoo Group of a project I’m working on.

You know how there are a jillion Yahoo users, well, try finding a username that isn’t taken. Seriously, this is getting ridiculous, why can’t Yahoo switch to an email-based handle, or allow handle duplicates as long as some combination of other data is unique?

“yahoogroups@safs.demon.co.uk” was taken (they suggested “yahoogroups@safs.demon.co.uk2000”) – “bozo” was taken (of course), but “bozobozobozo” was taken as well! And, I have to say, the suggested alternative “bozobozobozo2000” really pushes the envelope… You’d think that a company as big as Yahoo could use some sort of clever language-based suggestions?

In the end, the wordy-but-mnemonic “dugathumaniteinenglish” was also unavailable, so either Yahoo Groups is broken or Satan is in charge of the user registration.