4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 4, 2012 10:38 AM by JohnSchwiller RSS

    Thoughts on Members Only groups?

    Olivia Teich

      Note: this question is just me personally asking, not indicative of anything more than curiosity.

       

      Members Only groups have been around since before I joined Jive. I'm a member of some, but I'm not sure I have entirely understood their value prop. Do you use them? If so, when and how? Or, when and why would you recommend to someone that their group should be Members Only?

        • Re: Thoughts on Members Only groups?
          JohnSchwiller

          We use them all the time, with hardly any Open groups - although we also use Private and Secret. The reason for using them is to allow participating and contributing users to show their affinity for the group - rather like a Twibbon  

          • Re: Thoughts on Members Only groups?
            Tyson Kamikawa

            We don't have many of them, and the use case is a little vague. The Twibbon thought could be accomplished by tracking the number of "followers". Intuitively it seems ot make sense to have a "Members Only" security Capability, but I think the results can be achieved by limiting the editing capability at the content level in an open group.

              • Re: Thoughts on Members Only groups?
                JohnSchwiller

                Two comments. Following is independent of joining altthough there *are* defaults that you follow when you join but the concepts are discrete.

                 

                Setting edit rights on content would not give us what we want and most times users wouldn't bother to restrict this setting. Exacerbated by the inability to set the default setting per place to, say, creator only can edit.

                 

                No, letting the owner or others see that a group has N members who have participated or contributed is precisely what I like about Members Only - although to be fair this 'position' pre-dates CMR which gives an equivalent feedback to selected users such as Owners, Sys Admins and soon this new category of users with CMR rights.