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What's Coming For Drugs-Forum part 4: Social Groups

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Alfa, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member

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    As we approach our journey away from vbulletin software to our new website, we will also move away from vbulletin social groups software.
    Our 460 social groups have been moderately active with daily new messages.
    Which actually is amazing considering the crappy functionality in vbulletin social groups.
    Most other vbulletin websites have completely dead social groups.

    With the launch of our new website we had the opportunity to completely overhaul social groups.
    The new approach to social groups will greatly affect Drugs-Forum as a whole.
    Not just because of really nice functionality and its full integration,
    but also because Social Groups will offer a shift towards a different concept than traditional forums.
    Those of you familiar with Sub-Reddits will recognize much of the concept.

    Keeping up to date
    Whenever new content is posted to a group you have joined, you will receive an instant alert.
    On site and also per email if you activate the latter.
    Its also possible to subscribe to a category of groups, which will keep you up to date on new content and events in that category.
    New threads and replies to new group threads will appear in the 'New Posts' function of the forum. To the members who have permission to view the group.
    Groups also have an Activity Stream which shows all activity in the group.
    Recent and Trending group threads will be displayed on groups home.

    Group Leaders
    If a group leader disappears, then a group can easily go dead. On the new site this is resolved in several ways.
    A group can have multiple group leaders. And different levels of group staff, with different levels of permissions.
    So if one group leader disappears others can still manage the group.
    Group leaders can reassign group ownership. But its also possible to report the group and aply for group ownership.
    Group leaders can configure what content they want to display in their group.
    Group Leaders can assign Group Staff to their group. If a group grows large with multiple forums then its best to have more members managing the group.

    Group sub-forums
    As a group leader, you will be able to create unlimited forums for your group. This gives you much greater freedom and allows you to cover more topics.
    This is one of the features that will enable you to create a mini-community within Drugs-Forum.

    Group Calendar
    Groups will have a calendar so that you and your group members can add events to it. Reminders are sent for upcoming events.

    Group Features
    Every group has a video & image gallery, a logo and a cover. The group logo will be prominently displayed.
    There is also a newsfeed, a message wall, group statistics.
    To prepare your social group for the migration, please make sure that the logo image is larger than 280x280px.
    Otherwise the image will look bad on the new site.
    Active groups and featured groups will be advertised on the groups home page. New groups will be advertised on the site home page.
    Just like now you can have public and private groups. Additionally there will also be hidden groups.

    I have very high hopes for the new social groups.
    I expect that groups will get a lot of traction because everyone will see public group content.
    And it's easy to start a new group.
    While Groups still fall under DF rules and the reign of DF staff, groups will also become mini communities with their own staff and subforums.
     
  2. perro-salchicha614

    perro-salchicha614 Displaced Harem Girl

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    Thank you for the expanded features and visibility, alfa. I'm particularly happy about the ability to add co-moderators to my groups. I'll do my best to make sure my groups remain active and to support the expanded role that you want them to have in the DF community.
     
  3. aemetha

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    These features are fantastic! I was actually trying to bug/pester/harass you in chat the other day to ask about one of the features you've announced here, specifically about having more than one group leader and I'm very pleased it's included along with all these other improvements. Well done sir!
     
  4. perro-salchicha614

    perro-salchicha614 Displaced Harem Girl

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    Alfa, do you think it would be possible to merge my Opium Den group with the Opium and Poppy group (since the owner hasn't been active in quite some time)? I am really excited about the direction that the groups will be taking.
     
  5. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member

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    Currently its not possible to merge groups. On the new groups system it will be possible to move discussions between groups. I will see if we can get a merge function.
     
  6. perro-salchicha614

    perro-salchicha614 Displaced Harem Girl

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    What do you think of the idea of starting a group for group leaders so we can discuss ways to improve participation in them and strategies for managing discussions?
     
  7. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member

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    That's an idea to revisit after migration.
     
  8. beentheredonethatagain

    beentheredonethatagain Silver Member

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    Perro very interesting idea for a owners social group!

    Alfa , bravo! Sounds so 2020, could you elaborate on hidden groups, please...;)
     
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    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member

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    Hidden groups are groups you can get invited to. Only members of the group can see its content. This has various benefits.

    For example it allows for sharing of content (discussions, video, images, documents, etc) that you would not want to share with the world, but do want to share with a group of DF members. Like explicit content.

    Another example are our forum crew groups, which are groups dedicated to managing our forums and helping the staff with quality improvement and supporting moderation.
     
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    I've done a search and looked and looked, I still can't see how to start a group, tips anyone?

    Sorry if I missed something obvious,

    M~
     
  11. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member

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    If you searched then why are you posting your question about this site in an announcement thread about the new site?