Request Features – Group Plugin
• Customizable group fields
When users create a group, they are asked to provide some information about it. This information is entered into fields that you, the admin, can create in the control panel. These fields can be any of several types, including text fields, pull-down boxes, multi-line text areas, radio buttons, dates, and so forth. These fields can be made required, and special error messages can be specified.
• Group categories
You may want to allow your users to categorize their groups by subject, location, etc. Categorized groups make it easier for users to find and join groups that interest them. As the admin, you can create an unlimited number of group categories and subcategories.
• Browse groups
Users can browse groups by category or search for groups by keyword. This makes it easy for them to find and join groups that interest them.
• Group photo album
If allowed, each group is given its own photo album. Like normal albums, limits can be placed on the allowed file types and image dimensions. If allowed by the group leader, comments can be posted on these photos.
• Membership rankings
Groups can contain three levels of membership: Leaders, officers, and members. When someone creates a group, they are automatically made the leader of that group. Leadership can be transferred to another user if desired. Leaders can also appoint officers, who have limited administration abilities such as approving/rejecting new members, changing the group settings, and so forth. Members can view the group’s content, but cannot alter its settings.
• Membership approval/rejection
Groups can optionally be set to “allow new members by approval only.” This means that when a prospective new member requests to join the group, they must first be approved by the group leader or officers.
• Membership invitations
Group leaders and officers can send invitations to other users to become members of their group. If they so choose, members are notified by email when they receive an invitation.
• Custom CSS styles
If allowed, leaders or officers can insert their own custom CSS styles to give their groups a more personalized appearance.
If allowed, group memebers can post comments on their group. This is an effective way to allow group members to communicate in an open way.
• Group Discussion Board
Each group includes a built-in discussion board, allowing group members to post threaded discussion topics.
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