Help: Help on: Group Ownership
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Welcome and congratulations on starting a group. We are very happy to have you using this critical part of ned.com. This page is designed to help you understand some of the tools at hand for managing your group.
When the group is first formed, the creator of the group is the only owner (those who sponsored the group do not automatically become owners). Anyone can check the list of owners using the "about" button -- located on the brown bar of the group's home page.
|Moderating your group:|
|As the owner, you are responsible for moderating the group. You can choose your degree of moderation: from completely hands-off to tightly controlled.|
|While the owner can control who can start new discussions or modify pages in the group, anyone (member of the group or not) can add a comment to an existing discussion. Owners, however, can edit or even delete comments made by members.|
|If you have ground rules for how you'd like people to participate in your group, let them be known! It's your group.|
|Offering control to others:|
|Any group owner can make anyone else an owner, or remove any others including the original owner. Keep that in mind as you extend ownership rights to others.|
Most of the owner controls are on the settings page. You can link to it via the "settings" button that appears on the home page of a group you own.
Some examples of owner controls you'll find on the settings page:
- Owners can promote/demote or even remove members using the "manage owners and members" link.
- Owners can change the name and even the description of the group that shows up on the group's home page.
There are also settings for critical membership/participation policies including:
- Can anyone join, or do new group members need to be invited?
- Which powers are available to different types of people: owners, group members, non-members or anonymous users? For example: Who is allowed to create and edit material on the group?
- Can visitors who are not signed in to ned.com can read the site? If so then Google searches will return results from within the group.
By the way, if the time comes for you to step down and leave a group you own, you must first resign using the "manage owners and members" link under "settings" -- and then select the "leave" button.