Social groups are a new feature that allows forum members to create “clubs” to discuss topics of shared interest. This feature will allow forum members with similar interests to have a place to gather and share information, banter away, or to find other forum members in the same geographical area.
Starting a New Groups
Groups are moderated by a Group Leader. A new Group request should be made by the person who wishes to serve the position of Group Leader. Group Leaders are responsible for upholding the integrity of a group to make sure that participation by members follows the basic User Agreement guidelines and rules.
Each group will have its own forum and the group page will list the members of the group as well as a “Join” button to allow members to join. All content in all Social Groups is publicly visible, but only group members may contribute content and participate. For example, only members of the “Minnesota Natural Birthers” group can post in the “Minnesota Natural Birthers” group forum or upload photos to its gallery.
How to Use Groups
After you’ve joined one or more Groups, they’ll show up in a box on your profile page. When you tag Groups, they can be promoted as “Related Groups” in relevant areas of the site in the same way that Related Forum Threads and Related Articles now appear in the right column of various pages.
There are two types of Social Groups:
Open membership: anyone may join by clicking the “Join” button.
Membership by approval: clicking the join button initiates a PM requesting membership that will be sent to the Group Lead for approval.
Group Leaders are the members in charge; the member who creates a Group is the first Lead, but that person may appoint additional Group Leaders.
What can a Group Leader do?
Receive join requests (for membership-by-approval groups) and approve/deny them.
Edit the Group description and change the thumbnail image.
Ban a member, making it impossible for that member to re-join.
Remove images from the shared gallery.
Send a PM to all members at once.
Promote other members to Group Leader (there can be more than one leader in the same Group).
Demote him/herself to a regular Group member.
What can’t a Group Leader do?
Change the name of the Group
Demote another Leader back to a regular member (this must be done by the member or an MDC Administrator).
Act as a moderator within the Group forum (e.g., delete/edit others’ posts and threads, etc.).
Leaders can’t demote each other, but they may demote themselves.
Social Groups Rules
Our rules for the groups are the same as the rest of the site. Act with respect towards fellow forum members and you won’t have any issues. Remember, your posts are public and are visible to fellow members. Group members should not place posts to discuss other members or other forum or group threads.
In the interests of refining these rules, the following types of groups will not be permitted:
Duplicate groups (especially when they’re done so you can become a Leader)
Spam, advertising, or other such groups (It’s okay to create a group like “Earth Mama Angel Baby Lovers” so long as you’re not an Earth Mama Angel Baby employee).
Going forward, all Due Date Clubs (DDCs) will be created as a Group and they will remain active rather than archived. DDCs that are now closed and archived may be apply for a Group creation.
Tribes in Finding Your Tribe and tribe-like threads in other forums will be encouraged to move over to Social Groups. The advantage for them will be that they will have more of a forum-like atmosphere where they can create threads and have a list of all members.
Application to propose a new Group and volunteer as the Group Leader can be made to this thread.