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This article will walk you through what options are available to group owners.
If you would like to start a group, please contact us.
We will need to know what you would like the group to be called and if it should be publicly accessible.
Once you have been made an owner of a group, you will have a few options on how it appears to other users and who can post to the group.
First thing, you'll need to navigate to the group.
Click the "Groups" button in the top bar (or in the hamburger dropdown)
2. Select the name of your group
3. Once here, you will see a list of the members. You can also click the Activity tab to view what your members have been posting.
Configuring your group
There are a number of ways you can configure your group.
To change the name and description of your group, go to the "Manage" tab.
Here you will be able to write in the Full Name and About details for your group.
As an owner of a group, you have the ability to set change some Access options.
If your group is set to be fully private (as the one in the below screenshot is), you will only be able to enable/disable users to leave the group.
If your group is publicly visible, you can also choose whether users can join the group freely or if they can send membership requests.
On this page also is the ability to set Avatar Flair icons and colours.
These icons and colours will appear for all members of the group.
Under the "Interaction" tab, you will see options for who can mention your group in topics and posts, as well as who is allowed to send a private message to the group.
Who can @mention this group?
Being able to @mention a group refers to the ability to essentially tag your group into a separate topic or post.
Doing this will send an alert to everyone in the group.
Who can message this group?
Users who are allowed to message your group will see a blue button at the top of the group screen. Any message they send will be listed under the "Messages" tab.
It will also be sent to all members of the group.
Adding users to a group
If your group is not publicly visible, you will need to invite or add users to it. If your group is publicly visible, you can still do this.
You have two options to add users:
If you know their email address (or another way to contact them).
If you know their username.
Option 1: By email address
If you want to add a user to your group and know the person’s email address, you can do that by clicking the “Invite” button on the right side of the group.
This can be used to invite existing forum users to your group or invite new users to join both the forum and your group.
Once you have clicked the Invite button, you will see a popup that looks like this:
You can then copy the invite url to send in your email or other message to the individual. There are a few important things on this popup though:
Restrict to one email address: This is a good option if you only want to invite a specific person. You can leave it blank if you want to invite more than one person.
Max uses: changing this to a high number will mean that you can send the same link to multiple people.
Arrive at this topic: If you want people to see a particular conversation when they arrive, a welcome message for example.
Add to groups: Make sure your group is listed in this box.
Expire after: If you want this to be a limited time, you can set that here. The default is one month.
When you are finished configuring your link, make sure to click the “Save Invite” button.
When they click the link, they will see a page that looks like this if they are not already a user:
They can then fill in the required fields to create their user.
Option 2: By username
You can also add people who are already members of the My Stroke Guide forum IF you know their username.
Clicking the “Add Users” button on the right side of the screen will display this popup:
You can then search for their username in the box and click the blue “Add” button at the bottom. This will add them to your group.