a conceptual Group dilemma – need Ideas please
At http://buglenotes.com (an alumni site), we have a (perhaps) unique situation/requirement. We have 2 groups that we auto join everyone (Class Year and Cadet Company e.g “1987” & “A4”) Every West Point Cadet has both and we have groups created for both. Affinity does not stop there, however. Members of ’87 in the company A4 ALSO have an affinity, even deeper than just 1987 or all classes who happen to be in A4. So a new “group” can be defined literally by the intersection of “1987” and “A4”
Problem: We have members now asking to create groups along these lines e.g. “87/A4” Well, with 60+ years of grads and 36 Cadet Companies, we’re talking 2,000 more groups…unwieldy and yet another group to join/manage.
We’d like to use the Group API to create a sort of “virtual” group formed, as previously mentioned, by the “intersection of membership of 2 other groups.
Thoughts? Is this even possible? Is there another way to approach this problem?
One thought was to make 87/A4 an extension of 1987 Group. Maybe filtering views and posting privileges based on the dual membership. It would be accessible via 1987 but then appear as it’s own group. Tricky, maybe.
“westpointer” and I would appreciate any thoughts, direction and feedback you can think of.
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