Communicating within Groups
Each group has six internal pages accessed by clicking the blue menu tabs at the upper right of the group’s page.
Conversations and Notifications
Conversations are a series of interactive comments/posts between group members on specific topics. Any group member can create a new conversation or join an existing one.
Click the blue Conversations menu tab on top of the Group page.
When the Conversations page opens, you will see the existing group discussions,
To view a conversation, simply click its blue title on the list.
This will open a new page containing that conversation’s posts.
To add your own post, click the orange Comment button on the top right.
You have an option to tag other group members in your comment posts. Type their name into the Tagged Members? field and select the name of the person you would like to tag. This will send that person a notification about your comment. This is useful for if you are directly responding to someone other than the person who made the original post, or if you want to bring someone into (or back into) the conversation.
To start a new conversation, click the orange New Post orange button in the top right of the group’s Conversations page.
Each new post to start a conversation needs a Title (headline,) What’s on your mind? content (your conversation starter text) and Content Tags, to help people know at a glance what issues relate to your post.
As with other comments, you may tag specific group members in this first post. Type their name into the Tagged Members? field and select the name of the person you would like to tag. This will send that person a notification about your new post.
The member who makes the first post to start a conversation is notified about every new comment in the conversation. Other people are only notified about new posts in a conversation if they are tagged in that post, or if they subscribe to a conversation.
To subscribe to a conversation (i.e. get a notification about each new post in the conversation) click the Subscribe toggle that appears at the top of each conversation. This turns the toggle blue. Conversations that you begin are automatically subscribed.
To view just your subscribed conversations, select Subscribed from the upper-left menu on the list of conversations.
Sending Private Emails to Group Members:
Select Members from the blue menu at the top of the group page to open a list of its members.
This page displays the name, photo and occupation of all group members.
You can identify who the group moderators are by looking for a star and the word “Moderator” below this basic information.
Click on a name to access that member’s personal profile page, which includes an option to email that member.
You also may send an email to the entire group, using the orange button at the top right of the group page.