Help: Groups

How to Join a Group
1) Login
2) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click on Groups.
3) In the center content area, locate the group you would like to subscribe to by reading the Group titles in the Group column. Once found, click "subscribe" in the same row as the group title.
4) Proceed to confirm the subscription request.

How to Leave a Group
1) Login
2) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click on Groups.
3) In the center content area, locate the group you would like to unsubscribe to by clicking the Group title in the Group column.
4) In the center content area, under the "Group Actions" heading, please click "My subscription"
5) In the center content area, please click "Unsubscribe from this group"
6) Proceed to confirm the unsubscription request.
*Note: Unless blocked by a group administrator, you can resubscribe anytime.

How to Invite Someone to Join a Group
1) Login
2) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click on Groups.
3) In the center content area, locate the group you would like to unsubscribe to by clicking the Group title in the Group column.
4) In the center content area, under the "Group Actions" heading, please click "Invite friend"
5) Type the email address(es) of the person you would like to invite. If the person has an ICOS site account, you may opt to enter their username. If desired, enter a personal message.
6) Click "Send invitation"

How to Create a Group Blog
*A new blog is automatically created when you create a new group. Each group is connected to a blog and posts can only be authored by group members.

How to Create a Group Blog Post
1) Login
2) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click Groups.
3) In the center content area, locate the group you would like to post to by clicking the Group title in the Group column.
*Note: You must be a member of a group to create a post for that group. For information on how to join a group, please see "How to Join a Group"
4) In the center content area,under the "Group Actions" heading, please click "Create group post"
5) Enter the title in the "Title" field and body text in the "Body" field. To add tags, please enter them in the "Topics" field.
*Note: The post will be visible on the icos.umich.edu front page by default. To restrict your group post so that it only appears in your group's section, please expand the "Publishing options" field and uncheck the box "Promoted to Front Page"
6) Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click "Submit" to publish your post. (visible to the public)
*Note: Click "Preview" to view what your post will look like (not visible to the public). To edit your previewed post, change the text in the "Title" and "Body" fields, and click "Preview" to see what your post will look like or "Submit" to publish.

How to Update a Group Blog Post
1) Login
2) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click Groups.
3) In the center content area, locate the group you would like to post to by clicking the Group title in the Group column.
4) Scroll down until you locate your blog post you would like to edit. Click the title.
5) In the center content area, click the tab that reads "Edit"
6) Make changes.
7) Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click "Submit" to publish your post. (visible to the public)
*Note: Click "Preview" to view what your post will look like (not visible to the public). To edit your previewed post, change the text in the "Title" and "Body" fields, and click "Preview" to see what your post will look like or "Submit" to publish.

How to Delete a Group Blog Post
1) Login
2) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click Groups.
3) In the center content area, locate the group you would like to post to by clicking the Group title in the Group column.
4) Scroll down until you locate your blog post you would like to edit. Click the title.
5) In the center content area, click the tab that reads "Edit"
6) Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click "Delete".
7) Proceed to confirm the delete operation. Once confirmed, your group blog post can not be recovered.

How to Find a Group
1) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click Groups.
2) In the center content area, groups are listed in descending alphabetical order. Click the title of a group to view their posts and background information.

How to Find a Group You Are Subscribed To
*Note: The previous method will work - this is just a bit faster.
1) Login
2) In the right sidebar, under your the Username heading, click "My Groups"

How to Create a Group
*Note: Anyone with a site account can create a group.
1) Login
2) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click Groups.
3) In the center content area, below the sub-navigation tabs, click "Add a new group"
4) Enter the Group's title, short description (which will be visible in the group directory), and long description (background information which will be visible at the group's page).
*Note: You may also upload an image file (optional)
5) Indicate how to manage subscription requests
open - subscription requests are accepted immediately.
moderated - subscription requests must be approved.
invite only - subscriptions must be created by an administrator.
closed - subscriptions are fully administered by an administrator.
6) Groups will be listed in the group directory by default. You may also opt to list the group during the registration process so new members may subscribe immediately. You may also opt to make the group private - so unsubscribed members can't view activity. (perhaps useful for administrative communication)
7) Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click "Submit" to create your group.
*Note: There is no confirmation step before group creation.

How to Update Group Details
*Note: Only group managers are able to update group details.
1) Login
2) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click Groups.
3) In the center content area, locate the group you would like to update by clicking the Group title in the Group column.
4) In the center content area, click "Edit" in the tab sub-navigation menu.
5) Make changes.
6) Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click "Submit" to save changes. (visible to the public)
*Note: Click "Preview" to view what your group will look like (not visible to the public). To edit your previewed group, make changes and click "Preview" to see what your group will look like or "Submit" to publish.

How to Delete a Group
*Note: Only group managers may delete groups.
1) Login
2) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click Groups.
3) In the center content area, locate the group you would like to update by clicking the Group title in the Group column.
4) In the center content area, click "Edit" in the tab sub-navigation menu.
5) Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click "Delete".
6) Proceed to the confirmation page. You may opt to redirect group posts to another group, delete only posts that are not cross-listed, or delete all posts in the group (even if they are cross-listed). Click "Delete Group" to confirm your action. (This can not be undone and deleted posts can not be recovered)

How to Send Messages to a Group
*When you create a group blog post, all members subscribed to that group will receive an email with the post. The email will be sent to the address used during account registration. If members subscribe to the group using RSS, blog posts will also appear in their RSS reader.

How to Send Replies to a Group Message Received as an Email
*Note: When a member receives a group post as an email in their inbox, they won't be able to click reply as they usually do to send a message out other group members. When a group member wants to reply to a post they receive as an email, he or she will need to scroll down past the post.
1) In the email, scroll down past the post text. Click "Post reply" link.
2) Enter your response.
3) When finished click "Preview comment"
4) Make edits and press "Submit". The response will be sent as an email to all group members. It will also be archived at the ICOS site.

How to Add Members to a Group
*Note: Only group managers may add members to a group.
1) Login
2) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click Groups.
3) In the center content area, locate the group you would like to add subscribers to by clicking the Group title in the Group column.
4) Under the "Group Actions" heading, click on "# subscriber(s)".
*Note: # will reflect the number of people currently subscribed to the group.
5) In the center content area, click the "Add subscribers" tab in the sub-navigation menu.
6) Enter the usernames of the individuals you would like to subscribe to the group. They must have an ICOS site account to be subscribed to a group.
7) Click "submit" and the usernames will be saved as group members.

How to Remove Members From a Group
*Note: Only group managers may remove members from a group.
1) Login
2) In the left sidebar, under the "Community" heading, please click Groups.
3) In the center content area, locate the group you would like to remove subscribers from by clicking the Group title in the Group column.
4) Under the "Group Actions" heading, click on "# subscriber(s)".
*Note: # will reflect the number of people currently subscribed to the group.
5) In the center content area, browse the list of subscribed members to locate the individual you would like to unsubscribe. Once located, click "unsubscribe" next to the individual's username.
6) Proceed to confirm the unsubscribe request.
*Note: If the group is set to public, the unsubscribed member may choose to resubscribe at any time.