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How to Start Your Own Group

May 31, 2012
How to Start Your Own Group
  • Groups are a great way for members with similar interests to have their own space to discuss these interests. A Group can be about anything as long the topic falls within the Forum Rules. Members can create public, moderated, or private groups.

    To Start Your Group

    • Click on the 'Groups' tab
    • Click on 'Create Group'
    • Add the name of your group
    • Type a description of your group in the text box being as thorough as possible
    • Select the category you want your group to be associated with:

    Group category.png

    • Choose the color of the title of your group by clicking on the text box beside 'Group Color'
    • Choose what type of group you would like to create:

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    Public Groups: any member can join a Public Group; simply click on 'join' and you will become a member of the group
    Moderated Groups: to join a moderated group, click on 'join' and the member who started the group will approve you
    Private Groups: the owner of the group has to invite you to be part of this group

    • Click on 'Create'

    Private Groups


    A Private Group will not be listed publicly in the 'Groups' list.

    How to Find Your Private Group:

    • Hover your mouse over the 'Groups' tab and then hover your mouse over the down arrow that appears
    • You will see:

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    • Click on 'My Groups'

    To Invite members to join your Private Group:

    Open your group, you will see the Group Controls Menu:

    Group Controls.png

    • Click on 'Invite user to the group'
    • Add members you wish to invite to the text box
    • Click on 'Save Changes'

    NOTE: A member will ONLY see the invitation if they click on the 'Groups' tab

    Screenshot invite.png

    After you have invited a member to join your group, you might want to send them a Private Message (Start a Conversation) in case they miss the invitation on the Groups page

    If a member accepts your invitation, you will see their avatar appear on your groups page

    Group Controls

    Leave Group:

    • Leaving a group means that you longer wish to be a member
    • When you click on 'Leave Group', you will see a message:

    Leaving Groups.png

    • Click on 'Leave Group' if you no longer wish to participate in the group

    Edit Group:

    This is where you can edit your group

    'Edit Group' has the same options as when you initially created your group except you can give your group a 'Group Icon' by uploading a picture from your computer:

    • Click on 'Upload a Group Icon;
    • Click on 'Choose File'
    • Click on the file you want to add from your computer
    • Click on 'Open'
    • Click on 'Save' and your group icon will be added

    IGNORE the 'Group Tile' option has it has presently has no functionality.

    Edit Membership:

    When you click on this, you will see a list of the members that belong to your group

    • Click on their username to find out more about them
    • Click on 'Promote to Leader' if you want a member to be a co-leader.
    • Click on 'Demote', if you no longer wish another member to be a leader in your group.
    • Click on 'Kick from group' if you no longer want a member participating in your group (Note: if you kick a member out of your group for inappropriate behavior, please report this to the moderators). When you kick a member out of your group, their avatar will disappear from your groups page. The group leader can delete their posts if necessary.

    Invite User to the Group:

    • This has been explained in the 'Private Groups' section

    Delete Group:

    • If you click on this option, your group will be deleted permanently:

    Delete group.png

    • Click on 'Delete Group' if you are sure this is the action you want to take

    To Create a Thread

    • Open the group
    • Click on 'Create a Thread'
    • Give your message a title
    • Add your message
    • Click on 'Post'

    To Post on a Thread

    • Open the group
    • Click on the name of the thread that you wish to post on
    • Type your message in the editing box
    • Click on 'Post Reply'

    PLEASE NOTE: The first line of a post in a private group will show up in a member's news feed. To prevent this from occurring:

    • Click on your username
    • Click on 'Privacy' in the drop down menu
    • Deselect the option for 'Receive your news feeds'
    • Click on 'Save'
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