Group Type Definitions

Group type setting: Group type permissions and how they impact join, read, and write rules for a group

A required group setting is "type". Group type defines the join, read, and write rules of a group. Group type and their rules support the many use-cases network admins need to support when creating groups for their network.

Note that group "type" cannot be changed once the group is created.

Group Type Permission Table
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In more depth...

Open

  • Everyone can see the group exists in the group directory
  • Everyone can see the content, live chat, and member directory
  • Everyone can freely join to interact with no need for admin approval
  • Open group posts can be featured by an admin
  • Admins can add members to open groups via the Control Center

Gated

  • Everyone can see the group exists in the group directory
  • Everyone can see the content, live chat, and member directory
  • Any community member can apply to join the group and must be approved by an admin to become a member of the group in order to interact within the group
  • Gated group posts can be featured by an admin
  • Admins can also add members to open groups via the Control Center

Network admins often create Gated groups as a way to create a space where only certain members (approved group members) can create content and live chat but the entire network can see what those members are posting and chatting about.

Closed

  • Everyone can see the group exists in the group directory
  • Any community member can apply to join the group and must be approved by an admin to become a member of the group in order to interact within the group
  • ONLY approved group members can see the groups content, live chat, and member directory
  • Closed group posts can NOT be featured by an admin
  • Admins can also add members to open groups via the Control Center

Private (AKA "Restricted")

  • The group can NOT be seen in the group directory
  • A community member must be added to the group by a network admin in order to become a group member to view and interact within the group
  • Private group posts can NOT be featured by an admin

Premium

  • Everyone can see the group exists in the group directory and that it's a premium group
  • Clicking on a premium group will produce the "In-app Subscription Gate", a window that informs members the group requires subscription and directs the members to where they can purchase the subscription(s)
  • ONLY active group subscription customers can see the groups content, live chat, and member directory
  • Premium group posts can NOT be featured by an admin