GROUPS update needed BADLY!

Philip Lozier Posted in Component Development 2 months ago

As I've brought up in a couple of posts, the GROUPS component needs updating BADLY! Groups are the NUMBER ONE used feature of a social network, and if you don't have functional groups, the network is destined to fail. The attached screenshot is symptomatic of several messages I've gotten concerning the issue.

Notice the HUGE compliment payed in the first sentence, and the KILLER of it all in the next line. A non functional (non-modern) groups component will CAUSE a network to fail. Why have something that can receive such high praise in the first mention, that will be KILLED by what the next line says?

More than just food for thought!

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regards,

Phil

Replies
in Prashant Kumar Replied 2 months ago

I agree with your opinion.

us Philip Lozier Replied 2 months ago

Yet another great discovery about groups... "uploaded" videos don't get a share button. nice.

us Philip Lozier Replied 2 months ago

@Arsalan Shah ... are there any third party persons that you know who are familiar with OSSN code that may be able to do some of these changes . Rules are the least of what is needed. In fact, that would be last on my list. LOL! I have actually had to turn groups OFF for non admin because people are creating them, not finding features, and abandoning them. Now I have to create groups and find a couple of other people to regularly put some posts so users see "something" until I can figure out what to do with it... like I said... it is the NUMBER ONE feature used on a social network, by far. If I can't figure it out within a month or two, as much as I would hate to because I love how I have been able to customize my site, I will have to figure out how to move the database info into another social network software.

German Arsalan Shah Replied 2 months ago

Adding a member requests questions and answering them before requesting is possible to modify group component to add that but i don't have a time to look into it and have no plan for that in future too, however it is possible.

us Philip Lozier Replied 2 months ago

In addition to what i said below... this just came up in discussion about what group owners want:

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Hey... it's a users world, and if any of us are going to compete, we need to give them the basic stuff they are used to, and want, if they are going to go someplace new. No?

regards,

Phil

us Philip Lozier Replied 2 months ago

@Aesalan Shah ... real simple... to be even close to up to par with other modern social network sites that are retaining members it needs at the very least:

  • groups should be able to be created in categories defined by the System Admin to make them easier to find instead of just sifting through every group in chonology of when they were started

  • Group owners should have the ability to assign additional Admin and/or moderators to the group

  • Users should be able to see any new posts from groups they belong to within their newsfeed instead of having to go to every single group to see IF there are new posts... they will lose interest otherwise.

  • When group posts are shared they should have an indicator in the newsfeed, WITH LINK in group name, of the group they came from...

i.e. ) "Philip Lozier>Yub Nub Q&A Group shared post" ( -- promotes groups and draws more participants

  • When groups are searched, or displayed by category, they should have a thumbnail image of the group cover photo ... marketing 101-"catch their eye"

  • When groups are displayed in search or by category they should contain at the very least the number of members in the group, if not also the last post date.

  • groups should have a seperate section for a "rules" posting, that by option of the group owner the user must agree to for an application to be sent

When my site can be compared against MeWe or Wimkin, more than once, I must be doing something right... when I can have the same complaint about groups on SEVERAL occasions, there must be something wrong.

Not an insult... at all... I love OSSN for many things, but outdated functionality on some key features is not one of them.

Regards,

Phil

German Arsalan Shah Replied 2 months ago

I don't understand about group doesn't have functionality, what functionality?

us Philip Lozier Replied 2 months ago

This applies to PAGES, also... which I don;t run for that very reason. Why have 2 sub-standard features?