Interested in a new Due Date Club? Scroll to the bottom of this post for more information.
Social groups allow forum members to create "clubs" to discuss topics of shared interest. Forum members with similar interests have a place to gather and share information, banter away, or find other forum members in the same geographical area.
Social Groups can be Open or Closed:
Open Membership: Anyone may join by clicking the "Join" button.
Closed Membership: Membership is by approval. Clicking the join button initiates a PM to the Group Leader requesting membership. The Group Leader must approve all new members.
How To Start a Social Group
Read the information, guidelines, and rules below.
Post to this thread to propose a new Social Group and apply to be its leader. In your post, include the name of the Social Group and whether it will be open or closed. Each group should have two volunteer group leaders.
How Social Groups Work
Social Groups are moderated by a Social Group Leader. Group Leaders are responsible for upholding the integrity of a group by making sure that participation by members follows the User Agreement.
Each Social Group will have its own forum and the group page will list the members of the group and include a "Join" button to allow new members to join.
All content in all Social Groups is visible to the public, 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 Social 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.
Group Leaders are the members in charge of a Social Group; the member who creates a Group is the first Lead and may appoint additional Group Leaders.
What can a Group Leader do?
Receive join requests (for closed groups) and approve or deny them.
Edit the Group description and change the thumbnail image.
Ban a member, making it impossible for that member to re-join the Group.
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 a Group Leader can’t do?
Change the name of the Group
Demote another Leader back to a regular member (this must be done by the member or a Mothering Administrator).
Act as a moderator within the Group forum (e.g., delete/edit others' posts and threads, etc.).
Social Groups Rules
We follow the same User Agreement for the social groups as we do for the rest of the site. Respect fellow forum members and you won't have any problems.
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.
The following types of groups will not be permitted:
- Hate groups
- Duplicate groups
- Spam, advertising, or other self-promotional groups (e.g. 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).
Due Date Clubs/Finding Your Tribe
Going forward, all Due Date Clubs (DDCs) will be created as Social Groups and they will remain active rather than archived. DDCs that are now closed and archived may apply to create a Group. To create a Group please read the information at the beginning of this post.
Tribes in Finding Your Tribe and tribe-like threads in other forums will be encouraged to move over to Social Groups. The advantage for tribes is that they will have more of a forum-like atmosphere where they can create threads and have a list of all members.