Peter, I already pay every month for my lycos/tripod site, and I pay every five years for my domain (which comes from a company there in Australia). My yahoo e-mail account is where all accounts like my Amazon, and a number of other online stores etc. are centered and have been for over a decade. Changing this with all associated businesses would become a mess. I hadn’t realized that any time I answered anything (not just on that forum) but comments to current news articles etc. by Yahoo were also linked to ‘communities’ ALSO hooked to that forum.
I kept getting e-mails marked as being from ‘Yahoo’ and subjected: Yahoo Updates that I always had just deleted as flotsam. Yesterday, being annoyed, I opened one and discovered that my comment left earlier that day on a news article concerning guns (apparently also associated with the Tavon shooting in Florida) had received a number of replies just to my own comment. I can then assume that all the other Yahoo Updates also were replies to comments I had posted on other news or opinion articles.
I am thinking that if my name is googled these would be part of the listing. I know that ‘hulitoons’ pulls up to I think 20 or more pages. I’m pretty easy to locate.