Groups Moderation Alerts

wolf2217 posted 17th of March 2010 in Community Voice. 6 comments.

I was working on a user's Dolphin site earlier today and we got discussing groups.

He was stating that he would want the Groups module installed however he wanted to be notified of groups being created and needing approval so we set it to not approve groups after creation than created a test goup.

We than noticed that the only way for the Administrator to know that there are groups awaiting approval is by looking in the Groups Administration Pending Approval section within the administration panel.

With Groups being a popular feature in social networking and if you have hundreds if not more members on your site it could be more convenient to alert the administrator in a way if they were not in the administration panel and associating with users on the site end of groups needing approval.

I did 1 way of this could be done however there are more options that could be looked at as far as applying something like this...maybe having a top bar with a list of pending videos, music, groups, etc. if enabled.

I'm looking for opinions on if you think this would this be a necessary item to ask boonex to apply?

Here's a couple screenshots that may clear up what i'm talking about for those who might not grasp what i'm thinking.

Logged in as Administrator

Groups Approval admin side

Logged in as Member

Groups Approval Member

 
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mydatery
Necessary item? Yes. In D6 we had the site stats that at least showed stuff awaiting moderation on the admin dashboard's index page.
wolf2217
Yes, and that did help alot cause sometimes we wouldn't go to all the feature management sections all the time and when logging in to the admin panel always lead us to the admin home page which would give us the notification.
CALTRADE
I actually have a different question - I wonder how many people here are successful with the groups function? Do that many people even start new groups for this to be necessary? It seems to me that you have to have a very large community for the groups to work at all. Would it be possible for someone to show me a site where groups have been successfully implemented?
ladybugn
Yes, groups is actually pretty important for some site types. GrownUpsMeet.com is a swingers and BDSM site. but it's clean. I want them to keep the individual fetishes out of the public content areas. Rope- fetishists are not the same as foot freaks, who are not the same as impact and spank players. Within each sub-group, they need to share skillset info, educate each other, set up playgroups, and do it in a way that affords privacy.

I could see how an artistry social site would make see more great sub-groups - pottery - weavers - metal-smiths. Things where people want to be known in their trade will use groups, because it allows them a venue to become "the expert". Crafters have their specialties. Sports sites have their teams, Even the medical/ nursing sites would have pediatric or ER specialties.etc.

Gotta agree with Cal to some extent though, not enough dolphin sites I've seen have large enough communities with many active segments, but maybe it's because we haven't really managed that resource well and marketed it to the kind of users that would like it?

I like this moderation alerts thing, had not even realized it wasn't a current feature in 7. I just figured I didn't get mail alerts because my cron isn't working right.
wolf2217
That possibility is there where dolphin sites can grow to a masive extent...it's all in how big you want it and how well you promote it.
The ability, functionality and tools are there, some of us need to know how to use it to it's full extent.
Dolphin 7 is still new and i believe it will grow much much more and who knows...at a later time we just might see a nice load of successfull dolphin sites.
All dolphin sites i'm sure aren't listed on Boonex so who knows how many successfull ones are out see more there.
forsakencherry.com was running pretty successfully
myviewin.com looked to be running successfully

@cal - I also agree that there's not many sites listed that are running a high ammount of members to apply such a feature (groups alert approval)
I'm sure alot of us think that such features wont be popular or big but preparation is the best way to go cause the question is...What If???

@ladybug - i also agree with the fact that one site could have multiple group types as using artistry social site as an example.
CALTRADE
I think there should be a way to assign group membership on join - maybe with a checkbox list.
 
 
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