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I'm going to say it here too, so you all understand.
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I understand that and I will ask again because it says at the top: You must be a member of this forum to participate. I can't participate in the other Political chat site and they can't come to the Conservative side. Then why does it say you must be a member of ths group? Who approves that or why does it even ask the question?
Is there a greater fault than being conscious of the other person's faults?
Roma_Then why does it say you must be a member of ths group? Who approves that or why does it even ask the question?
No one approves it. It's a join / unjoin type of feature. It's not about approval. People read the description and decide if they want to be part of your group. It's in the users control, not the groups control.
Roma_ I can't participate in the other Political chat site and they can't come to the Conservative side.
I can change this if you want, but the rest of your group has no desire to interact with the PC group.
These groups are set up differently - they're hidden from public view and they require approval from a moderator for an individual to join or be removed.
Maybe I can help. Hopefully, I've got the timeline correct, if not I'm only off by one software upgrade. When the boards were still in their original format, there were as you know several daily/weekly threads on KC. There was the Veranda, The Purple Ilk, and the Rose Room. I'm sure there were more, but I can't remember them all and most of them didn't last.
The same was true of the Recipe board. Only instead of just a few threads where the same people came to chat with one another every day, they exploded with "group specific" threads. They had Secret Sisters, Swap Meets, Old Country Corner, Mary's Tea Room and so on. There were so many of those types of threads on the Recipe board that they flooded the first 2 pages of the board. Most days, you couldn't find a recipe over there unless you went to page 3! And TOH is supposed to be a recipe site!
That's when Bob asked if they'd like specific forums for their chats and the groups were born. There was no talk of private chats, limited members or hidden forums. That didn't become necessary until the political threads on KC became confrontational and started taking over the first page of KC.
The Political Chat was hidden from the general public because TOH did not want new visitors to get the impression that politics were the main focus of the site, but they still wanted to give those interested a place to discuss the issues. That has been explained multiple times by Erik and Sue.
Now, just to clarify things even further, after that upgrade, ALL the community forums and groups were visible to anyone who visited the site, whether they were members or not. (Remember, PC didn't exist then). You had to become a member in order to post but not to view. That's still true.
The difference between the forums and the groups is that when you click on a link to a group (such as the Rose Room) you see this:
Notice where it says Join The Rose Room over on the right, next to the description of the group?
If you try to post anything without clicking that link, this is what you get:
After you click the join group link, you're listed on the member page:
(Wow! 255 Members!)
And when you open the group instead of seeing "join" over on the right, you now see:
"Stop being a member of this group" to the right of the description.
Now, considering there's 255 members of the Rose Room a lot of people thought they might want to participate so they joined the group, or maybe they thought they couldn't read the postings unless they did, but whatever the reason, 255 people clicked that link and only a handful post on a regular basis. That's true of the entire TOH site, including Birds and Blooms, Handyman and the rest of the Reiman bulletin boards. No one had to ask for and be granted permission to read or post on any of those forums. The PC and CPC are unique in that and the reasons for that have been explained ad nauseum.
Wow, 255 members in the Rose Room????? Hmmmmmmmmmm.. I strongly suggest, as Maizey has in the past to start posting in our other RR. If you don't have the addy, let one of us know. Dori, MaryAnn, Jeanne, CBW, hoos, you all have the addy, Come join us where it is private!! Hope to see ya all soon!
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