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About groups on Gather
Want to connect in a whole new way? Groups are a great way to do it. They're centralized spaces
for members to share posts, photos, and videos with a common theme or for a common purpose. A
group can be anything from a fan club to a writers' workshop to a blog. It can be public and visible
to all Gather members, or private and only visible to its members. The same goes with content: group
members can share posts, photos, or videos with the group only or make content accessible to everyone.
Searching for groups
Use the search tool at the top of any page to find groups that
interest you. The search engine will check groups by name, groupspace URL,
group tags, and description. Your results will show the most popular tags and
locations used by the groups found in your search. Refine the search by
selecting certain tags and groups. When the results appear, click the "groups" link to view the groups portion of the results.
Or, remove these refinements by clicking the items shown in the "refined by" section.
Joining a group
When you visit a group, you'll see a Join This Group button on the right-hand side of the page.
If the group membership is moderated, your membership request will be sent to the group owner and
member moderator/s. You'll receive an email after your request has been reviewed, letting you know
if you've been accepted. If the group membership is not moderated, you'll be able to participate in
the group immediately after joining.
Creating a group
Once you're a member and signed in, go to the Groups menu and choose Create a Group. The group creation
process includes just a few easy steps. Give your group a name, unique group URL, and description, and set
the group permissions. The group type you select will determine the initial group homepage layout and look,
but you can customize the modules that appear on your group homepage and select a different theme. We also
recommend that you give your group a banner and a group icon to spark interest in potential members.
If the group URL you want is taken or you're looking for suggestions, click the "Want help choosing a URL?"
link. You can enter up to four keywords to find available URLs for your group.
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Permissions vary by group, and are determined by the group owner. A group's owner (who is also the group creator)
has full group permissions. Many groups allow all members to share posts, photos, and videos, see all content,
and comment on each other's work. Public groups allow all members to invite others to the group, as well.
Group members may also be given permission to moderate content posted by other members, moderate group
membership, or moderate group comments that appear in the Conversation Space, if one is active for the
group. But again, all permissions are assigned on a group-by-group basis. Always contact the owner if
you have questions or concerns.
Group email settings
If you are a member of a group, you can edit your email preferences for that group by selecting the "email preferences" link in
the group space. The email preferences for all of your groups can also be managed on the Email Preferences page accessible from the My Gather menu.
Inviting others to a group
If you're the group owner or a group member with permission to invite, you'll have an Invite Members link in
the right-hand column on the group page. You'll be able to invite current Gather members to your group and
also people who aren't yet Gather members.
Sharing content with a group
Sharing a post, photo, or video when you're a member of a group is a great way to target your content to people on
Gather who'll find it most interesting. Group owners decide what permissions to place on their groups that either
allow or prevent other group members from sharing with the group. When a group owner has set the group permissions
to allow others to share content, you can use the "share with group" link that appears in a group space to share
only with that group, or use the typical share process to share with more than one appropriate group. In the
typical share process, the groups you belong to will be listed in the content options, including whether they
are public, private, or moderated. Simply select each group to add to the "Share with these groups" list at
the end of the sharing process. If a group is moderated, your content will be reviewed and accepted if it meets
the group owner or content moderator's guidelines.
Removing my content from a group
If you'd like to remove posts, photos, or videos you've shared with a group but keep the content on Gather,
just change the sharing settings. Simply click "edit" next to your name on the content display page. You can
remove any or all groups from the share list. Make sure you click Submit to save your changes.
Content ownership in groups
Everything you share on Gather (as long as it's yours to begin
with) remains yours. The owner of a group may remove content from the group as
he or she sees fit, but any content deleted from a group will still be
available in the list of content on your profile.
My content was removed from a group
The owner or designated content moderator of a group may remove content from the group,
but it's still available under your own profile. If you have any questions
about a particular group's policies, always contact the group owner.
I can't share with a group
There are several reasons that may keep you from sharing with a group. First, you must be a member of a
group before you can share. Second, some groups only allow certain members to share content. You can find
out the specific details of member permissions in the group's description or by contacting the group's owner.
Removing myself from a group
To remove yourself from a group at any time, simply click "remove" under the group icon in your My Groups list or on the group homepage.
Group owners and moderators
A group's owner is the creator of the group and has control over all aspects of it. A moderator is a member who has
been given permission by the owner to accept, reject, and/or delete group content and comments in the group
Conversation Space, and/or moderate group membership.
Group owners can select which modules appear on a group homepage. Some modules will be enabled when you create the group,
but these can be moved off the homepage and others added.
The following group homepage modules are available for the left-hand column:
Featured Content -- This module lists featured posts, photos, and videos on the homepage. You can set the number of list items,
from 1-10, and select items to show in the list by editing the content settings for each feature. The "first," "previous," and "next"
links on the module let people browse up to the most recent 500 features.
Recent Content -- This module lists all recent posts, photos, and videos in a single stream. You can set the number of list items,
from 1-10. The "first," "previous," and "next" links on the module let people browse up to the most recent 500 additions. The Recent
Posts, Recent Photos, and Recent Videos modules are alternatives to this one.
Recent Posts -- In the list view version, you can display 1-10 headlines from the most recent group posts. The full view version
shows the full content of the most recent posts with a synopsis from the latest comment.
Posts by Tag -- This module lists posts in the group that are tagged with a tag that you select. You can choose to display 5-20
posts and a synopsis for each post.
Recent Photos -- You can choose to display 4-16 of the most recent group photos.
Recent Videos -- You can choose to display 4-16 of the most recent group videos.
Content Comments -- You can choose to display 1-10 of the most recent comments added to posts, photos, and videos in the group.
Conversation Space -- If this module is enabled, group members can leave and reply to group comments. You choose whether group comments appear
automatically or have to be reviewed and accepted before they appear on the group. Group comments are visible to everyone on Gather.
Inbound RSS -- You can syndicate content headlines from other sites with RSS capability into Gather. You must provide an external
RSS URL for this module to display content.
Announcement -- You can post messages to the group using this rich HTML module.
Custom HTML (left) -- This module lets you customize an area of the homepage with any valid HTML.
The following group homepage modules are available for the right-hand column:
Group Tags -- Including a list of tags descriptive of the group's content can help visitors browse your group and ensure it shows up when
users search for groups. Up to 20 tags display on the group homepage, and you can edit them at any time. As content about those tags is added
to the group, the number of related content items will appear next to each tag, and people can click any tag to see a list of that content.
Popular Tags -- As content is added to the group, the popular tags module displays up to 20 tags most common on the content in the group.
Visitors can click each tag to see a list of the related content.
Recent Members -- This module displays the latest Gather members who joined the group.
Archives -- Useful for a blog or for indexing content, this module lets users click a past month and display all the content that was
shared with the group in that month. Up to 12 months may appear, depending on when content was added.
Stats -- This module shows the number of group members as well as the number of posts, photos, videos, and content comments added to the
group in the last 7 days.
Group Links -- You can build a list of up to 50 links to other favorite Gather groups, member profiles, or external sites.
Custom HTML (right) -- This module lets you customize an area of the homepage with any valid HTML.
The group information and ads that appear in the right-hand column are required and cannot be moved.
Custom group themes
You can select a visual theme or "skin" to change the look and feel of your group. The theme applies to the group navigation, homepage,
and subpages, and to the group tagspaces and search results.
Custom group banners
To give your group a unique look, create a JPG, GIF, or PNG image that's exactly 990 pixels wide by 220 pixels tall. On the group appearance page,
use the Browse button to find the group banner on your hard drive and upload it to Gather. Then simply click Submit, and the photo will replace the
standard Gather banner at the top of your group pages once the photo has been processed. Additionally, the photo should be 72dpi, any color palette,
and will be covered in part on the top and bottom by Gather's navigational features. This space may not be used for commercial purposes, may not
infringe on any patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, or other proprietary right of any party (unless you are the owner of the rights or have
the permission of the owner to post such content), and it may not contain adult content. No group owner will be allowed to sell or profit from this
space without prior written consent from Gather, and Gather shall have the right to remove any banner that is objectionable or otherwise violates Gather's User Terms of Service Agreement.
Custom group icon
Setting your group icon is as easy as visiting your group appearance page and uploading the photo you want to represent your group. If you'd like to
change the icon later, return to this page, upload a new photo, and submit the changes; the old one will be replaced once the new one has processed.
Custom group background
Each theme has its own group background, but you can change it. You can upload a JPG, GIF, or PNG image with a maximum width of 300 px, and it will be tiled
to add a background to your group. If you'd like to change the background graphic later, return to this page, upload a new photo, and submit the changes; the
old one will be replaced once the new one has been processed.
Group navigation options
You have two different navigation options for your group. The default group navigation uses the group features: home, featured, posts, photos, videos,and members.
If your group focuses on a limited number of topics, you can select to use tags instead of the group features for your group navigation.
Just enter tags that will match the content on your site, and they will appear as the navigation. When the visitors to your group click on one of the
tag links in the group navigation, they will be taken to the group tagspace page for that tag.
Featuring content in a group
To feature content in a group, you must be the group owner or a content moderator. Go to the group's homepage and click Manage Content; from there you
can search for the content you want to feature. Click the feature or un-feature link next to the selected content to change the settings. You can
also use the feature and un-feature links that appear on the featured, posts, photos, and videos lists in the group.
Managing my group's settings, members, etc.
To manage your group, visit the Group Settings link on the right-hand side of your group page; manage your group members via the Manage Members link.
You can update the permissions assigned to each of your members. If you remove someone from the group, they may join at a later time. If you block
someone, they're not eligible to rejoin unless the owner or a member moderator removes the block. Keep in mind that if a member is no longer part of
the group, his or her content will remain in the group unless it's removed by the owner or content moderator.
Assigning administrative and moderation permissions to group members
Advanced Member Settings allow a group owner or member moderator to assign special privileges to select members. You might decide to allow certain members to
moderate content, and allow other members to feature content, moderate group comments in the Conversation Space, or participate
in other group activities.
Group owners can also assign administrative privileges to other group members. This setting gives group members access to options only available
to the group owner, including group layout and group settings. Note: group administrators cannot assign administrative rights to other members;
only group owners can grant administrative privileges.
To assign advanced privileges to group members, simply click the Manage Members link on your group's homepage, then find
the member and edit the member settings.