Re: Anyway to have a new member automatically be a member of every group?
if you want to keep it all using bp functions, look at bp-groups.php
I would set it up hooking on activating the user (or signup if you don’t care about the activation key)
then call (with no pagination passed in and active type)
then loop over all the groups and call (which needs the user_id and group_id)
only downside to join_group is it will call a new activity for joining – but a plus side is it updates the groupmeta counts.
*my standard disclaimer applies – only in theory nothing tested.