Trout Giggles

How Do I Create a Group?

By:  Trout Giggles  •  pleasure  •  2 years ago  •  27 comments

How Do I Create a Group?
If you put a gun to my head right now and told me I had to do it again in less than 30 seconds, I'm dead.

In trying to get the band back together, I decided to re-create SiNNERs and ButtHeads from the old place. I thought..."ya know...we need a group." And I learned a few things about group moderation from TiG when I helped him do some beta testing, so naturally I thought it would be a piece of cake.

Not as easy as I thought. For one thing, I had to hunt around to find where I could create a group. I had done it before...but that was a while ago. Anyway, here's a quick tutorial on how I did it.

Go to account settings. Click on your avatar name that should appear on the right hand side. Then click "Groups" directly above all your stuff. Then hit the + sign in the corner. Now you are on the page where you can create a group!

The reason I'm doing this help article is because I looked for a help article and couldn't find one. I did a lot of clicking around before I found where I needed to be to create a group.

I hope this was helpful and hopefully someone a lot smarter and more techno savvy than me can give you an easier method.

To join a group click on the group's avatar. In some discussions you have to join the group to engage. There should be a "Join Group" icon on a discussion page. In the Groups collection, you should be able to hit a button to join. If it's a public group, you shouldn't need vetting and a hazing ritual


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Trout Giggles
1  author  Trout Giggles    2 years ago

The funny, ironic part is...I did create a group to help TiG with his beta testing.

And in my defense, I'm old, my memory is going, and blah...blah...blah

Perrie Halpern R.A.
2  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 years ago

Hey Trout, 

I'm going to put this into our help section...

And don't worry about forgetting. I forget things all the time.

Trout Giggles
2.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    2 years ago


Split Personality
2.1.1  Split Personality  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1    2 years ago

It's ok.  I needed special assistance to figure out how to join, lol

I clicked around quite a bit also.

Trout Giggles
2.1.2  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Split Personality @2.1.1    2 years ago


You asked me to include that!

brb...gotta fix something

Split Personality
2.1.3  Split Personality  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.2    2 years ago

Isn't it Arrrgghhh?

Trout Giggles
2.1.4  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Split Personality @2.1.3    2 years ago

Isn't it Arrrgghhh?


Not until next year.

Release The Kraken
3  Release The Kraken    2 years ago

True story. When I first started I figured out how to create groups and started creating lots of groups. Perrie got upset when I created the Midget Enthusiast group and told me it violated the terms of service.

Then one Time i created a group that looked just like the moderator group and i would bump it over and over and the real moderators complained they couldn't get into the moderator group.

4  dave-2693993    2 years ago


Maybe this is a good venue for something I have meant to say for a while.

Some folks (me) are not interested in joining groups. I belong to one and not interested in going beyond that.

Nothing against groups and participants. I am just not interested in the vertical stacks implied by group membership.

Sometimes I see concerns about participation in a discussion only to see it is in a group. Maybe some have my current thought and simply are not desirous of joining a group regardless of how interesting the topic may be.

I may change my mind at some point. but that is what I think now.

Please delete if considered too far off topic.

Trout Giggles
4.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  dave-2693993 @4    2 years ago

I'm not a delete happy bugger because I think you have a valid argument. And I like you.

4.1.1  dave-2693993  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.1    2 years ago

Thank you Trout.

I appreciate your thoughts.

5  bbl-1    2 years ago

The Nation's Thing destroyed Newsvine. 

Remember when NV had the 'Friends' feature?  Those were the best of times for the NV.

Split Personality
5.1  Split Personality  replied to  bbl-1 @5    2 years ago

The nations thing was debatable.  It created some good nations, but many echo chambers, run by mini anarchists.

Here groups are optional.  Period.  Play or don't play.

Stick to the front page, or not.  Options, options, everywhere.

5.2  Krishna  replied to  bbl-1 @5    2 years ago
The Nation's Thing destroyed Newsvine. 

NT is not NV.

Apples and oranges . . .

5.2.1  TᵢG  replied to  Krishna @5.2    2 years ago
Apples and oranges . . .

Agreed.   Groups are clearly not nations.   NT maintains a central forum that allows anyone to create blogs and articles (original or seed).   In addition it allows groups (has done so forever) but now  groups are able to participate (at their discretion) in the central forum.   If anything, NT is like a more modern version of old NV.

5.2.2  bbl-1  replied to  Krishna @5.2    2 years ago

To a point, true. 

But why would I want to be in a group with------------a 'mean gene' sort?  If you remember.

Split Personality
5.2.3  Split Personality  replied to  bbl-1 @5.2.2    2 years ago

The group "owner", operator, whatever has the ability to refuse membership or boot members from the group.

Jest sayin.

btw a Gene something or other contacted me via FB to ask about NT and I said Mean Gene

to which he replied something meaning feline.

I finally learned how to block someone in FB Messenger, lol

Raven Wing
6  Raven Wing    2 years ago

Great article, Giggles!! Well done.....and a big help for the Members who would like to create a group, but, don't know how. Now they have a great reference article to show them how to gt it done!


Trout Giggles
6.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Raven Wing @6    2 years ago

Thanks! Glad to see you as a member here

It Is ME
7  It Is ME    2 years ago

Can I join SINNERS and BUTTHEADS too ?

8  JBB    2 years ago

The Balkanization has begun. Cool kids on one end and nerds and exchange students to the other...

Overran with users? Private groups make some sense. Butt, a one-room schoolhouse? Not so much.


Trout Giggles
8.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  JBB @8    2 years ago

Did you have to join to comment? Then I guess you're one of the cool kids.

Release The Kraken
9  Release The Kraken    2 years ago

I'm creating a geriatric grump group for members who despise fun and prefer to self isolate in bitterness.

Buzz of the Orient
9.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Release The Kraken @9    2 years ago

You think only geriatrics despise fun and prefer to self-isolate in bitterness?  One only has to look at the Front Page to see the universality of those propensities.

10  JBB    2 years ago

"PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE LIKE ME AS A MEMBER" - Groucho Marx in a t elegram to the Friar's Club of Beverly Hills to which he belonged, as recounted in Groucho and Me (1959)

11  Krishna    2 years ago

How Do I Create A Group?

Creating a group is the easy part-- making and keeping it active is the hard part!

Buzz of the Orient
11.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @11    2 years ago

You're not just kidding.  I've deleted 4 groups I created, not because they didn't have members.  In fact they had lots of members and for a short time lots of activity, but then eventually the administrator has to contribute pretty well everything to it, and is reduced to begging the members to show they're still alive. 

The Creative Arts group has about 100 member, and less than a dozen who contribute anything to it - even a thumbs-up.