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Keiichi Morisato

Clubs: A New Social Feature for Popular Groups

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Keiichi Morisato    418
Keiichi Morisato

Sometime tomorrow, I'll be enabling a new feature for the community called "clubs". Think of it as a type of social feature for the community that allows members to create social groups within the community to share common interests and create sub groups within the community that's separate from the forums. Here is a list of some of the features that's included with the new feature. "Clubs" will also have the ability for specialized topics to be created within each club.

For instance, members can create "fan fiction" clubs, "Ah! My Goddess" clubs, "movies" clubs and so on. There isn't a limit to what "Clubs" can be used for. But, think of the new feature similar to facebook's "Pages" feature. But, look for this new feature sometime tomorrow.

Club Types

Four types of club are available:

Public clubs
Clubs that anyone can see and participate in without joining.

Open club
Clubs that anyone can see and join.

Closed club
Clubs that anyone can see in the directory, but joining must be approved by a Club Leader or Club Moderator. Non-club-members who view the club will only see the member list - not the recent activity or content areas.

Private club
Clubs that do not show in public, and users must be invited by a Club Leader or Club Moderator

As the site admin, you can of course configure which club types can be created and by whom. You could, for example, allow members to create public and open clubs, but allow a "VIP" group to also create Closed and Private clubs.

Club Users

Each club has three levels of user:

Leader
A leader has all of the permissions of a moderator, and can add other moderators. They can also add content areas (see below). The club owner is automatically a leader.

Moderators
Moderators, as the name implies, have the ability to moderate content posted within the club. As the site administrator, you can define which moderator tools can be used. You could, for example, prevent any content being deleted from clubs, but allow it to be hidden. Moderators can also remove members from a club.

Users
Anyone else that joins the club.

The site administrator and moderators, with the appropriate permissions, are able to moderator content in any Club regardless of whether they are a member of it. 

Clubs can be created by any user who has permission. As you would expect, this is controlled by our regular permission settings.

For closed clubs, there's an approval process. Users can request to join and the request must be approved by a leader. Leaders get a notification when a user requests to join; the user gets a notification when their request is approved or denied.

Club Content

Club Leaders can add a variety of content areas to their club - forums, calendars, blogs and so on. It's important to note that these content areas are fully functional just as if they existed as a top-level admin created area. They will appear in search results, activity streams, users can follow them, embed links to them, and so on. If a user has permission to see a forum (for example) within a club it will behave exactly like other forums they see - and the same for all other kinds of content.

Each content area a leader adds can have a custom title, and will appear in the club navigation. This means, for example, that you can have multiple forums within a club, and give each a different name.

Club Custom Fields

Clubs also support custom fields. Custom fields are defined by the site administrator and can be filled in by Club Owners. The values they enter are shown (along with the club description) on the club homepage.

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