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Hosting a Care2 Group

Group Management Tools:

Group Management tools As a group host, you have a variety of group management tools available to you. Below is a list of the tools available in each section of the group management page, and of techniques for bringing content from other parts of Care2, and the rest of the Internet, into your group.

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General Settings

Group Owner Info - Use this link to make changes to the group owner information, such as Organization name, contact info, etc.

Basic Setup - Use this link to edit the group name, description, URL name, exit URL, category, and language or location (if applicable)..

Host Setup/Privileges - Use this feature to add new hosts by entering their Profile ID number, which is the last 9 digits of the URL of their profile, in the space provided. In addition this tool allows you to set and modify host privileges. Only the owner can select the privileges they want hosts to have.

Visibility Settings - All groups have the ability to select the visibility setting for their group. The options are:

-         Open groups are visible to everyone, and anyone can read the discussion posts, though only group members can post on them.

-         Open - Care2 Only groups are visible to any Care2 members, and they can read the discussion posts, though only group members can post on them.

-         Closed door groups are visible to everyone on Care2, but non-members will not be able to see more than the group description and description. They will not be able to view discussions.

-         Private groups are only visible to members. They will not appear in the list of groups by category, and will not appear on member profiles. In order to view a private group members must follow an invitation or the group will not come up.

Member Growth Options - You can receive notification of new members that have joined your group via the private messaging system in daily or weekly summaries using this tool. This tool also allows groups to determine how new members will be approved and invited. They can choose the following settings:

-         Invitations - This option determines whether invitations are required to join the group or if anyone is allowed to join, whether they are invited or not.

-         Applications - If invitations are not required, the owner can decide to make applications required to join the group.

-         Approval - The owner can choose whether new applicants / invitees are automatically approved into the group or if they will need to be approved by the owner.

Edit Acceptance / Rejection Letters - to edit the acceptance or rejection letters sent to applicants.

Forum Settings - This allows the owner to:

-         Enable discussion moderation, where posts must first be approved before they are posted.

-         Disallow anonymous posting.

-         Allow hosts to delete posts from the boards

-         Decide if group members can receive weekly or daily 'digests' of the posts to the group for that week.

-         Allow basic HTML in posts

-         Allow the use of emoticons to replace text (for example replacing the : ) with a smiley face J )

-         Promote group This provides the HTML for creating a link to invite people to your group. It also allows owners to create a custom text that will appear when people come to register for their group.

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Member Management

Applicant Approval - If your group requires approval for new members, the applicant approval link allows you to accept or reject new members, as well as view accepted and rejected group members.

Member Review and approval - This allows owners to block or unblock and remove members from their group.

-         To block a member, enter their Profile ID number (the 9 digit number at the end of the URL of their profile) in the Search for a Member field. Then select whether you wish to Remove or Block that member.

-         To unblock a member click on the Blocked Members link, and check the unblock box.

Request Admission Settings - This is for groups which require applications. You can use this tool to:

-         Set criteria for joining the group In the Criteria For Membership box, enter what you would like to display to members who are applying for membership to your group.

-         Provide application question If you check this box, you can enter a question which will be asked to all applicants and will appear next to that applicant in the Applicant approval page.

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Content / Layout Management

Announcements/Information Resources - Use this tool to change the announcement for the group. You can use HTML and images on this page, and it can be updated as often as you like.

Approve/Edit discussions - If you have set your group to have discussions moderated in the General settings section, you can review the submissions here and accept or reject posts.

Header branding/Private label - aka Upload Group Image - Use this tool to upload a new image to your group. Once you've uploaded your new image, go back to your homepage and refresh your browser to view the new image. If you have problems getting the new image to upload please make sure that it is not an animated .gif (meaning the image moves or sparkles). If you continue to have trouble please submit a help request for further support.

Homepage Modules - This allows owners to select which group features are available on their group homepage.

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Host Shares on the Group Homepage

Members may contribute to a collective Sharebook (online scrapbook / blog / journal) which will be displayed on the group homepage. Shares can be blogs, recipes, polls, tributes, quotes...just about anything. It's a fun way for members to contribute to the group!

Who can post shares?
The group's Hosts are the only ones who can contribute to this particular Sharebook, and only if they are given the privilege to do so (see your "Host setup/privileges" settings page to activate a new Host).

How do I post to this Sharebook?
It's simple. Just add your unique group Host "tag" when composing your Share. The unique tag can be found in the Group Host Sharebook section on the Group Homepage.

How do I compose a Share?
It's easy - visit the main "Share" tab and click the FAQ link to learn how. There is a slot to add "tags" (keywords) on the compose screen. Note that Shares must be set to "Visible to Public" in order to appear in groups.

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Member Shares on the Group Homepage

Members may contribute to a collective Sharebook (online scrapbook / blog / journal) which will be displayed on the group homepage. Shares can be blogs, recipes, polls, tributes, quotes...just about anything. It's a fun way for members to contribute to the group!

Who can post shares?
Members of the group are the only ones who can contribute to the group's collective Sharebook.

How do I post to this Sharebook?
It's simple. Just add your unique group "tag" when composing a Share. Or, add the tag to any public Share that allows public tagging. The unique tag can be found in the Member Sharebook section on the Group Homepage.

How do I compose a Share?
It's easy - visit the main "Share" tab and click the FAQ link to learn how. There is a slot to add "tags" (keywords) on the compose screen. Note that Shares must be set to "Visible to Public" in order to appear in groups.

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From The Web: RSS Feeds on the Group Home Page

Many websites now offer a simple way to remotely view the headlines and/or content of their articles. This is called RSS (which stands for "Really Simple Syndication"). Using our RSS Feeds module you can automatically display article headlines which will be updated periodically throughout the day. RSS feeds can be a great way to keep group members informed of what's going on around the web related to your group.

Where do I find RSS Feeds?
Most publishers now offer free RSS or XML feeds, usually indicated by an icon such as For more information on RSS Feeds please see our RSS FAQ page.

Adding RSS / XML Feeds
Simply type in the URL of the feed you wish to display. The URL should start with http:// (e.g. http://www.care2.com/actionalerts/rss_feed/ ) Note that if you view an RSS feed with your web browser, it will normally look like a lot of messed up code! Don't despair, our system will interpret it and display it correctly on your group homepage.

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Discussion Moderation and Setup

Discussion Moderation and Setup Group hosts are expected to help facilitate healthy dialog and discussions on the boards by posting topics for discussion and monitoring for inappropriate posts on the board. It is also possible for group hosts to remove abusive or offensive posts.

To create new discussion topics, simply click on the Create New Topic link, enter a title and text for your post and hit the submit button.

To delete posts, simply open the topic in which the offensive post is in, and check the delete box to the right of the post you wish to remove and scroll to the top or bottom to click 'Delete Selected Posts'. Please note that if you delete the first post of a topic, the entire thread will be removed. In addition, once you remove a post it cannot be restored. Please note that this tool is not intended to be used to silence opinions that are different than that of others in the group, but is for hosts to be able to remove abusive posts or posts which do not otherwise adhere to the Code of Conduct.

Hosts can also close a discussion topic. If you close a thread, no further posts will be allowed on that topic, but the topic will still be available for viewing.

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Growing Your Group:

Growing your group The success of your Care2 group has to do with the number of members that join it as well as the actual content and conversations within it. In order to make your group more successful you should work to grow your group.

One way to do this is to use the invite friends tool on the group home page to get other Care2 Members and non-Care2 Members to come and join your group. In addition to this, you may want to promote your group elsewhere. If you have the ability to promote your group on another website or location, you can attract new members that would not hear about it otherwise. You can copy the HTML code to invite new people to your group from the Promote Group section of the General Settings tab, and use that to create a link on your website. The more you do to encourage group growth and increase the number of group members, the more effective you can make your Care2 group.

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