Groups define the areas of interest for your community and allow you to control the type of content and the access to that content for community members. We provide many tools for you to help you understand how best to structure your community.

You can define a group hierarchy with any number of groups and levels of subgroups. Groups can be one of five different types:

  1. Joinless - Membership is not tracked and permissions are managed using site-level roles.
  2. Public open - Everyone can see the group and all content and can join without approval.
  3. Public closed - Everyone can see the group and all content, but must apply to join and be approved to become members.
  4. Private listed - Only members can see the group and all content. Everyone can see just the group name and description must apply to join and be approved to become members.
  5. Private unlisted - Only members know that the group exists and can see group and all content. All others must be invited to join and approved to become members.

We provide two groups by default:

Name Type Parent Description
Site Root Joinless None Required group for all community sites as it provides the overarching parent group to which all other groups belong. You cannot delete this group.
Administrators Private unlisted Site Root Group that includes two forums:
  • Reporting Forums to which all forum posts that have been reported as abuse are moved.
  • Deleted Posts to which all forum posts that have been deleted are moved.
By default the administrative user is group owner, thus is the only one who can see and access this group and its content. As an administrator, you may want to add any other administrators and/or moderators as members of this group as well so that deleted and reported posts are managed effectively.

Groups can include zero or more of each application type (blog, wiki, forum, file gallery), depending on the requirements for each group. Read more about applications and the configuration options available.

As an administrator, you can: