moderated Log member change of display name when done in the account #suggestion


Currently, display name changes by a member are logged when done in the context of a group. But when done in the account (i.e., not within a specific group), the change is not logged. I often come across a name change accidentally, by seeing some other action the member did in the group activity log and noticing that suddenly their name is out of synch with our policy, and there is no log entry to reflect the change. We find it accidentally, look in vain for the display name change log entry, and then change it back. Can this change be logged in all the members' groups?

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Re: better member list filtering #suggestion

Louie S

I love the additional filtering options.

One thing that that would make a bit easier to use is to have the "Apply" button at the top of the list. My most frequent filter settings are from the top and my default browser window is too small to show the entire list of options. So every time set a filter I have to also scroll down (up?)  to reveal the "Apply" button.



moderated Re: Merge message to an account #suggestion


On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 12:07 PM, Benoît Dumeaux wrote:
As moderator how I merge my messages

To my account ?
You may not be able to do what you're asking.  Messages that were imported from YG were assigned to the email address that was used on YG.  If you used a different email address on GIO, they're not related.  There's a chance that you could merge the email addresses into one account if you have access to both,


moderated Re: Merge message to an account #suggestion

Benoît Dumeaux

On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 08:41 PM, Bruce Bowman wrote:
These are not your messages. They are messages posted by other people who quoted something you wrote and included your email


moderated Group Moderation Setting #suggestion

Chris Jones

Use Group Moderation Setting is a checkbox available for Moderators to set on every group member's individual "page". It is the default setting for all group members unless a different Posting Privilege is selected.(Override:...)  It is also one of the options available in the recently implemented Members List filtering capability.

However, a new Owner or Moderator trying to find that setting might have a hard time because it is not named as such anywhere in the Settings page; under Settings > Spam Control it appears as Message Moderation.

Can I suggest that the words Message Moderation be replaced by Group Moderation Setting?

This also has implications in the Owners Manual. Message Moderation (as in the context of the Settings page) is set out in para 3.5.3 (pdf version) but without any mention of it being the Group Moderation Setting. The words "Group Moderation Setting" do not appear until para 11.6, followed by 14.1.3 and finally in 14.4.

IMHO it would be much clearer (mainly for new Owners & Moderators) if para 3.5.3 was titled Group Moderation Setting as well.


moderated Re: Edit Subject #suggestion


On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 02:03 PM, billsf9c wrote:
Be nice to see this improved by end of year
I believe everything you want is already available.  You could check to make sure.  The problem is getting people to use it.  As Bob said, reply is only for existing topics.

You also have the capability of splitting (including with a new subject line) or merging topics to keep things as you want them.  See for more info.  As an owner, you can easily edit the subject line of any topic.



moderated Re: Edit Subject #suggestion

Bob Bellizzi

Reply is specifically for replying to an already defined topic.
New Topic is what you should use for a new New Topic.
Far too many people would simply use Reply w/o changing the topic which causes many others to miss important to not read messages that might affect them but had mismatching topic and body.
Use New Topic for a New Topic.

Bob Bellizzi online  support  group for corneal dystrophy patients & caregivers
The Corneal Dystrophy Foundation 

moderated Edit Subject #suggestion


Even when I reply online to a group I own, I cannot edit the Subject Line. I am forced back to my email provider to create "a new topic." 

Members reply often and change a topic without recreating a post. It's human nature. A post might include 2.or more topics and an aside or 2 that garner life... but are stuck with a deceptive Subject line.

Not very cool for archives or for avoiding opening a post that has veered away from the original intent and is not of interest to some.

Be nice to see this improved by end of year, if feasible & reasonable, given other priorities. Some Members ARE Dutiful. We owners usually ask folks to amend Subject lines. Neither they nor owners can do this within the site...

THX for all -

moderated Re: Merge message to an account #suggestion

Bruce Bowman

On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 01:07 PM, Benoît Dumeaux wrote:
As moderator how I merge my messages 
These are not your messages. They are messages posted by other people who quoted something you wrote and included your email address.


moderated Merge message to an account #suggestion

Benoît Dumeaux

moderated Re: Suggestion - News Topic icons #suggestion


Sure seems like a lot of redundancy to me.  Screen real estate is precious, especially on the mobile version.  They're only one click as is, so it wouldn't do anything that I can see.


moderated Suggestion - News Topic icons #suggestion

Benoît Dumeaux

Maybe News Poll icon can have the same traitemennt

moderated "Claim"ing a pending post #suggestion

Malcolm Austen

When I select a pending membership from the list, the action drop-down includes a 'claim' action which is great.

However, when viewing pending posts I can see no way to claim one other than by using [Edit] followed by [Cancel]. Can we have a [Claim] button please?


Malcolm Austen - email:

moderated Re: Database ordering and datetime field #suggestion

Jim Wilson

I have wondered why the two are separate here while most flavors of SQL support multiple types.

I support adding a proper DATETIME column without removing the other two so users don't become upset by any changes.

BTW, SQLShack has a nice post on the subject.


moderated Custom range message filter calendar not fully displayed on a mobile #bug

Andy Wedge

Hi Mark,

when trying to use a Custom Range filter on the Messages screen on my mobile (Galaxy S7 Edge), the calendar is not displayed correctly. Turning the screen to landscape mode doesn't help either.


Re: better member list filtering #suggestion

Andy Wedge

On Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 07:41 PM, Bruce Bowman wrote:
On Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 09:40 AM, Andy Wedge wrote:
On a mobile phone there is no filter option (in portrait or landscape) even though there seems to be space to display it.
After playing around with my browser window widths, it seems that the page styling will display the filter button only if the width is sufficient to display the resulting menu (which is, frankly, pretty wide). At least that's the way it seems to be working on this end. If the alternative is to display a button that "does nothing," this behavior may be preferable.
On my Android phone, things like the search box on the member list and the list of hashtags when using the Add Tags during message composition appear in separate windows so I think the same could be done for the new member list filters.


Re: better member list filtering #suggestion

Mark Murphy

Thank you, Mark, this is a really useful new feature.

I think we all know how unusual it is in the business world generally, and IT specifically, for user-requested changes to be quickly implemented through this kind of dialog. Just more reason to support GIO.

moderated Site updates #changelog


Changes to the site this week:

April 8, 2021:

  • DOCS: Updates from Nina.
  • NEW: Each hashtag can now have a footer, which will be included in any message tagged with that hashtag. The footer will also be displayed in the New Post page if the person selects the hashtag from the Add Tags dropdown.

April 7, 2021:

  • NEW: New filter pop-up on the Members page. Discussion

April 6, 2021:

  • INTERNAL: Migrated several machine instances because Linode is retiring old hardware.
  • BUGFIX: In some instances, when editing a repeat event, it would cause all existing RSVPs to be deleted, when it shouldn't have.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed display of the Starts On field when editing a repeating event.
  • CHANGE: The URL structure for individual photos has changed so that the URLs are now stable/refer to photo ids instead of relative placement of the photo in the album.

Take care everyone.


moderated Re: Strange new "Members" selections #bug


No change needed, the shortcut is practical & effective for my groups.

moderated Re: 18 hour latency on sending/receiving Message Approval notice for moderated sender, is this normal? #bug

Yusuf Leo Schuman

Thanks all, for the feedback and pointers. I've passed them along.

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