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Old 01-09-2013, 09:29 AM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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Just pointing out that if people wish to have a private board on CD, they can form a "social group." Anybody can read the posts, but the groups can have private membership, allow only members to post, and appoint their own moderators. These boards are not monitored by CD moderators; however, the Terms of Service still apply and moderators respond to reported complaints.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/groups/

If you've never been there, look for Social Groups in the Quick Links drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Last edited by Green Irish Eyes; 01-09-2013 at 11:09 AM.. Reason: This is important enough for its own thread
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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Thanks, Julia! I didn't even think of this .....
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:15 AM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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My pleasure. I posted on CD for a couple years before stumbling upon them. They are tucked into a weird spot and easy to forget.

Also, to start a new group, the Create a New Group link is all the way at the bottom, not at the top like the New Thread button in the forums.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Western Canada
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Thanks JustJulia! It's not easy to spot. There's also a link to "Social Groups" at the bottom of forum pages but not in the threads.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:39 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Thanks Julia! I've been a member for quite a while and I was unaware of this option. I don't think I am the only one.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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so what is the purpose? If we want to promote and give information about adoption to those interested how would a "private" group accomplish that?
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Western Canada
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so what is the purpose? If we want to promote and give information about adoption to those interested how would a "private" group accomplish that?
It wouldn't, that isn't the intent. If an individual wants to inform, best place for a post would be the open boards. It was brought up in another thread that one poster preferred a support forum here rather than an open discussion forum. The open public format isn't very supportive of that, as absolutely anyone can comment. A private room gives members the chance to seek support for a specific issue without the worry of comments by others that are not supportive.

What is the purpose? It could have any. What if members wanted to meet in real life? How could they exchange info as a group? DMs would be a pain if ten people wanted to discuss dinner plans. They could form a social group, make their plans and even delete the group after it served its purpose. I think the only limit to what purposes a private group could be used for would be one's imagination.

Click on your name in the upper right, then click on 'Join Social Groups' in the lower right. A quick scan shows a wide range of purposes. Few related directly to adoption, but there are currently three groups for adoptive parents, one for biological parents and one newly created one for adoptees, as there wasn't one when I looked.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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The term 'private' isn't exactly descriptive -- anyone can read what gets posted there.
It's a place where only those people approved by the creator/administrator can post.
Like Scott_K said - the purpose and the criteria for approval to post are as many as there are people who start them .
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:33 AM
 
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how do u delete a grp?
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