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Creating a Group

The effective visibility for this content is 'public' (anyone, anywhere can view).
  • It is visible to the content author.
  • It is viewable by members of Commons Project.
  • The author has explicitly defined its visibility as public.

Visibility

The effective visibility for this content is 'public' (anyone, anywhere can view).
  • It is visible to the content author.
  • It is viewable by members of Commons Project.
  • The author has explicitly defined its visibility as public.

Group Edit

Any member of the group(s) containing this item may edit it.

Comments disallowed

Users are not allowed to post any more comments on the item.

All content in Commons is associated with one or more groups.  You can create a group by going to the groups directory and clicking the 'Create a group' button.

Project-Related Groups

Some groups are based around participation in a specific project. A project-related group will typically be invitation-only and will restrict its audience to group members. The group organizer will post formal meeting agenda and minutes, gather resource links, and upload draft documents for comment, relying on Commons messaging and digests to keep the membership informed.

Interest Groups

Others groups form around a shared activity or interest. An interest group relies on people to join the group and will gradually grow through word-of-mouth or invitations from existing members. Before creating an interest group, the group organizer should search the site using relevant key words to find out whether a similar group has already been created. It's usually better to collaborate with an existing group than to split membership and focus.

Creating the Group

Edit the Group

Details

Content Audience Default

This will determine the default audience for any content added to the group by you or your group's members. An author can override the defaults, if they so choose.

Privacy settings

Any members of your group have the permission to view and create new content within your group. This radio button determines what non-members can see and do in your group. If joining requires an invitation, then your group will not be visible to non-members in group lists. If joining requires admin approval, the group will be visible to non-members, but group navigation and content within the group may not be visible dependent upon the visibility of each specific content item. If any site member can contribute, then membership is not required to create content within the group.

Group External Links

External links will display as a navigation panel on the group home page. You can use this to link to external sites or to pages deep within your group. To remove a link, delete the text from the text input boxes.

Help and Additional Settings

Use the info icons to get quick definitions for the data required by a specific form element. Additional group management functions are available on the group's 'Administer group' tab.