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There have been numerous opinions contributes here under the above subject, under [beta] "Protecting the original Owner from rogue co-Owners #suggestion”, and under [GMF] "Absentee Owner Succession feature” and [GMF] "What if Owner dies?”, each addressing (at least in part) the common concern of succession of a single owner in case of unexpected demise, departure or extended disability (and what then to do).
There is no simple place to go or straightforward procedure specifically addressing the subject of moderators. Instead, we have to select a member by name, then click on “Role” after which the choices are “ owner Moderator” or “Member”. After choosing “ moderator”, there are no less than FIFTEEN optional “Permissions”, at least one of which permits a moderator to demote an existing owner.
FIVE of these have in parenthesis further information, i.e. “(also allows…). None of them mention (“also can demote existing owner”).
I cannot conceive WHY this time bomb, which now is common knowledge and undisputed. has not been defused. Either THAT option should be deleted or the power for a moderator to demote an existing owner should be removed such that this land mine in new group choices is defused. Either is effective, so whichever is easiest should be done.
Once this is done, it is not necessary to appoint co-owners who would then have the immediate power to demote or remove the existing acting administrative owner. A moderator will all other owner powers can keep a group functional indefinitely.
An so to the question of group leadership in case the Owner function is unexpectedly vacant, whether from unexpected personal emergency such as death or disability, or abandonment. In this regard, I think Groups.io needs to have a policy of requiring each group to have or select a single person as their contact for all official business.
This is a matter for Groups.io legal staff to contemplate. If it were made part of revised “Terms of Service”, all related uncertainty is eliminated. Banks, telephone companies, etc. do this annually and even more often. Not something we clients of Groups.io need concern ourselves with.
When this is done, concurrently Groups.io should go back to the place discussed in the second paragraph above. Following the “Role” of “owner (and before “Notifications”) there should be a place requiring an entry for an Owner/representative successor designation. This would be a blank where each group would be required to enter the name of a “contact” authorized to speak for the group in case of unexpected demise, departure or extended disability of a serving Owner.
That person would have NO power whatsoever pending actual demise, departure or extended disability of a serving Owner. Problems solved! NO “cans of worms!