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Frequently Asked Questions - Groups

Interest groups are somewhat like complete sub-sites inside of GOTH.NET.  Members can create or sign up to interest groups, and content can be submitted that is relevant to that interest group.  An interest group could be for something like a band, or a TV show, or anything that goths might be interested in discussing.

Interest groups have their own distinct content from the website as a whole.  Articles, blog entries, image galleries, events and polls can all be posted to individual interest groups.

Managers of individual interest groups can control who is allowed to publish to that interest group, who the moderators of that content are, and the visibility (ie. members only publicly viewable).

To create a group you must first have permission to do so (by default, all members have this permission, but it may be revoked and in the future, it may not be granted by default in the future).  Assuming you do, you must navigate to the 'Create group' tab on the groups page.

Creating a group is much like creating content in other sections (meaning they are moderated and must be approved to be 'live').  The group body should be where you describe what your interest group is about - it's focus, who should join and the direction you intend it to go in.  You can also specify here whether your group is public or private (for private groups, by default only members will be able to see the content within - some individual content may override this setting).  You may also specify if you wish to follow the standard permissions model (recommended!) or wish to customize your groups permissions.

Once your group has been moderated by GOTH.NET staff and approved, it will appear on the public group list and others may join your group, and you may begin posting content to it.

Each group manages who can do what in that group individually.  This is managed by a combination of two mechanisms, roles and permissions.  Roles indicate what access a member has within the group, and permissions define what each role can actually do.

Most groups will (and should) use the standard set of permissions.  This sets up 6 standard roles, and the permissions for them.

The standard roles are:

  • Non-Member, a user on the site (or anonymous user) who is not a member of the group.
  • Member, a user who is a member of the group - all members will have this role, regardless of any other roles assigned to them.
  • Publisher, a member who is allowed to submit content to the group (it must stil be moderated).
  • Moderator, a member who has access to see submitted content, review it, approve or reject it for publication to the group.
  • Manager, a member who can invite other users, or approve requests to join a group.
  • Administration Members, members who are the equivalent of the group owner, and can control everything about the group (including assigning roles to members).

The standard set of permissions sets up sane defaults for most groups to allow smooth operation of a group.  A group may, however, select to use customized permissions and roles (if a group wishes to do this, the group manager must edit the main group page to change this option from 'Use default roles and permissions' to 'Override default roles and permissions.')  This would allow a group to do things such as allow users to join without being approved first, or allow all users to post content without being a publisher, or even without requiring moderation.  This is recommended only for group managers who really know what they are doing.

No.  Content in interest groups is designed to be displayed in that group only.  There is nothing stopping you from posting the same content in a second group, however for management purposes (including who has permission to moderate and/or comment on the posting) it is simpler to keep all group content confined to a single group.

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by Dr. Radut