History of GroupsPackage

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Create and manage group work spaces

Created by: Will, Last modification: 07 Apr 2008 (21:38 UTC) by Will
This package is under development and will be built to work with R2


  • Group Administration is available to any group member whether they have permission or not.
  • Membership email preferences are not being stored

Road Map

Some features of Groups Package will be achieved through the development of additional service packages. See: SwitchboardPackage and ModerationPackage

Group Creation and Access:

  • DONE User Created Groups — Ability for users with the right permission to create a new group.
  • DONE Public Groups — Ability to create groups which any site member can subscribe and post to the group.
  • Announce Only — Ability to create groups which anybody can read but you must be subscribed in order to post to it.
  • DONE Private Groups — Ability to create groups which require an invitation to read and post to.
  • View When Invited — User can view groups they have been invited to and accept or reject the invitation.
  • DONE List Group Option — admin can control if group is listed in the website's groups list - private groups are hidden
  • BUGGYVarious Admin Controls for Content authoring, messaging, adding files, inviting, message moderation (TODO – list based on google groups Access options)
  • DONE View Member Control — admins can control if members only can view members or if anyone can view members

Group Administration:

  • DONEContent Type Selection — group admins can select which content types group members can create/use in their group (blogs, maps, wiki pages, etc)
  • DONEPer Content Item Permissions – group admins can designate if content within public content groups is private and public - so that access can be limited on per content item basis
  • Message Moderation — admins can moderate messages, including ability to delegate moderation ability to a subset of group members.
  • Group Manager Email Blasts — admins can email members

General Features:

  • DONEGroup Home — Lists Content added to the group as well as comments by group members. For example a list of groups galleries, groups blogs etc will be on the groups's home page.
  • Display Group Created Content as within Group – for example display blog posts created by the group at the groups url.
  • DONE Group Listing and Search — Ability to list and search groups as well as browse by category.
  • Comments -> Email — Ability to send comments on the group via Email. Members will be able to opt in or out of receiving such messages.
  • Email -> Comments — Ability to send email to comments on the group.
  • Files Manager - Central repository of files uploaded to the group

Group Look and Feed Management:

  • DONE Per Group Theme — each group can select a look and feel for its pages.
  • DONE Per Group Layout — each group can customize module assignment
  • DONE Per Group Language — each group can be displayed in the language used by the group.

Development Schedule

This schedule contains target dates. We may miss them, or we may get it done sooner.

Basic Group Creation and Membership: Jan 30, 2008
  • DONE admin type of group (public/private)
  • membership signup and moderation
  • DONE group listing within the site
  • DONE basic posting of messages to group

Content Control and Email Messaging: February 28, 2008
  • DONE content type selection
  • DONE per-content permission control
  • uploading files
  • membership invitation features
  • posting messages by email
  • receiving messages by email

Group Customization: March 30, 2008
  • BUGGY assignable permissions to members
  • configuration of group home content
  • displaying content as within group
  • DONE group theming, layout, and language selection

Things to include in final documentation on this page


Groups package is a rather complex package, with complex relationships with other packages. These instructions will help you set up your groups package to optimally work for you install

Required Configuration

These settings are required for the groups package to work correctly. Without following these configurations you may experience security and other problems.
  • Run LibertySecure:Register Default Permissions
    LibertySecurePackage is designed to properly jail any content that may have custom permissions assigned. Groups package makes use of custom permissions to enable private groups and private group content. To properly jail this content you MUST install the LibertySecure package and in the admin panel run Register Default Permissions when you set up your site, and anytime you install new content types on your site.

Highly Recommended Configuration

We highly recommend these settings as well like how Groups package works when configured this way.
  • Hide Groups Choices from User Registration Panel
    The Users package lets you display groups users can join at registration time. We recommend disabling this. You can do so in the Users:Login Settings in the Administration panel. It is at the bottom of the list. The UI is a little wonky here - the option to select none is not clear. Select the empty row in the list to display none. The reason we recommend disabling this feature is a) the UI is not well developed; when only one group is available to join the user can not opt out. b) if you have many public groups on your site a very long, and rather annoying, list will be displayed.

Groups Administration Rolls

  • Can admin group content
    Group members with this permission can edit and control all content that is part of the group
  • Can create group content
    Group members with this permission can create content in the group. Content is limited by types of content the group creator has allowed to be created for the group, such as wiki pages or blog posts.
  • Can submit content to group for inclusion
    Slightly different than creating content, this regulates which users can submit content to the group. @TODO this might get yanked.
  • Can admin group members
    Group members with this permission can assign rolls to members, and approve or ban memberships.
  • Can send invitations to the group
    Group members with this permission can invite people to the group. When members are invited they are automatically approved to be members. This permission is useful on private groups which restrict membership.
  • Can view group members
    Group members with this permission can see a list of who else is in the group.
  • Can admin group forums
    Group members with this permission can moderate forum messages posted to the group.
  • Can post messages to group forums
    Group members with this permission can post messages to the group forum. By default this permission is available to all members, but can be useful in creating announcement type groups.
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