I wanted to post this here as many people may not be aware of the current situation with the VIPhone mailing list.
first though, considering that it is a bit off-topic, I’d just like to sincerely thank the AppleVis Editorial Team for allowing me to share this information here.
For those who may not already know, as of Friday, Google has prevented access to the VIPhone mailing list because it says that the list contains spam or questionable content. However, they did not alert either Mark Taylor (VIPhone's co-moderator) or myself about this, nor have they told us what the supposed content may be. So at present, the list is completely unavailable.
Mark and I have sent feedback to Google and requested a manual review of the list in hopes that it can be restored as soon as possible. These are the only options we seem to have available to us aside from just getting the word out in hopes that someone at Google might at least learn about the importance of the VIPhone group for the blind and visually impaired community and perhaps review the list more quickly.
So I just wanted to let you all know the current status of the group and why it is not available at present.
If anyone does happen to have any contacts at Google or works there themselves and has any way of getting the review process to happen a bit faster, then it would sure be helping a lot of people.
Like AppleVis, VIPhone also has a large following and provides a valuable resource for many blind and visually impaired folks. So anything anyone can do to either help get the word out or at least update people on the status of the list, it would sure be appreciated. :)
Thanks so much to you all and apologies for the OT posting. I thought you all should know what is going on.
Thanks very much and please let me wish you and yours my very best!