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moderated Re: web-based questionnaire for restricted groups a pressing issue #suggestion

Marina
 

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 09:40 am, Mark Fletcher wrote:

What my vision has been is to use the database feature to be able to define
a proper questionnaire. The results would be stored with the member and
could be referenced/searched on. Some/all of those answers could also be
made visible to the other group members. Also, I want to be able to use the
database to define extra fields for each member, so that moderators can
track information. But I haven't been able to properly map all this out in
my head and figure out how it should work. And I was thinking it'd be a
premium group feature.
The detailed questionnaire/database project sounds very interesting but, as far as I am concerned, I'd be happy with a plain space where prospective members must state their reasons for joining the group.

Thank you for all the work on Groups.io,
Marina


moderated #suggestion Calendar, time stamps etc. #suggestion

Ivar Grønn <ivargronn@...>
 

I would appreciate 24 hours indication instead of AM/PM and calendar beginning on Monday and European date formats like MM.DD.YYYY etc.

Regards 
Ivar Grønn 
LA6ZFA


moderated Re: Reason to join a group box please!

 

Hi Victoria,

On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 09:58 am, Victoria Caesar wrote:
I run the German speaking canine and feline Cushings Yg.
I am familiar with the English-speaking CanineCushingAutoimmuneDisease yahoo group and it is excellent. The same specialist vet who contributes to my group on feline small cell lymphoma also participates in that group. Are you familiar with it? A couple of years ago I tried to get them to move to groups.io but they were uninterested. Since your group includes cats, after you move to groups.io it would be good for your group and mine to connect with each other. (Isn't this rare in cats? We can talk about it offlist.)

 always add a pdf with group guidelines which they must accept as well. 
In groups.io there's an option to make your group guidelines publicly accessible on the home page, so that prospective members can see them.

I was on facebook from 2010 to 2014, and I really got fed up with it, for I like serious and sustainable communication.
Exactly. (I actually never even considered Facebook, mainly because of its intrusive privacy policies, or lack thereof.)

So I am really hoping our genius Mark will find some time eventually to find a possibility to provide this sort of indiviually filled questionnaire
I have complete faith in Mark. :) Good luck with your group!
 
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moderated Re: Reason to join a group box please!

 

Hi, J_Catlady,

 

I´ve seen you are the owner of a catgroup with amedical issue. I run the German speaking canine and feline Cushings Yg. We exist since 2006 and every week we get new members with quite sick animals. We likewise do not want to have spammers and food vendors or other commercially interested folks, and we need to have a good and friendly atmosphere for the pet owners who are often quite worried (I´m sure you know what I´m talking about).

 

Yahoo used to send out an automatic questionaire which we could text to our own gusto until 2014, but since then this possibility has vanished. So I made up my own qu. and it is well accepted by prospective members. I always add a pdf with group guidelines which they must accept as well. The questionnaire even asks for name, telephone numer and address and for a little text about the animal in question. So we know exactly who that person is.

 

Since about 2010 facebook with its easy going communication is on the market with thousands of groups, but our prospective members obviously prefer a professional serious minded group to facebook, and they do not bicker about the complicated entrance methods.

 

I was on facebook from 2010 to 2014, and I really got fed up with it, for I like serious and sustainable communication.

 

So I am really hoping our genius Mark will find some time eventually to find a possibility to provide this sort of indiviually filled questionnaire and hopefully also do that language job (which I believe isn´t easy). That’s what I want to contribute to this question.

 

Thanks for all your thoughts and work. I´d be so glad to move to groups.io since we have absolute treasures in our files and hope Yahoo will hold for a little while longer so they won´t get lost.

 

Regards from Cologne, Germany

Victoria


moderated Re: Reason to join a group box please!

 

p.s. I mention Facebook for comparison instead of Y!G because Y!G is no longer even on my radar. Some large percentage of Y!G groups seem to have moved to Facebook.

On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 8:37 AM, J_Catlady <j.olivia.catlady@...> wrote:
But be careful, because for at least two of us, the pending notice sometimes goes into a black hole. If I get no response within our required two days, I always contact the person first via an outside (still anonymous) email address, repeating basically the same information and asking them to check their spam, etc. Some nontrivial percentage of the time, the person then responds immediately, saying the email was nowhere to be found (including spam) and answering our questions right away. 

Also, I think that having to return an email questionnaire puts our groups.io groups at a disadvantage with Facebook groups. I would never use a FB group to save my soul, except, as I am doing now, to have a search presence there and point people to our groups.io group. Yet, it is very easy for people to join there by answering the questions in real-time. They don't have to "watch their email inbox (including spam) for a questionnaire!" as we are now routinely warning people to do after clicking on "join." In fact, it's the top message, in all caps, on our home page now because of this issue. Even if they do get the questionnaire, it's something of a disincentive to some otherwise-legitimate would-be members.

Mark has it on the todo list to implement a really nice web-based questionnaire whose answers go directly into some sort of database (the latter possibly just for premium groups). But meanwhile, I think we need something simple as soon as possible. This is a near-daily question/complaint/plea on GMF and there have been several threads about it here, both in general and in response to that.
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J

 

Messages are the sole opinion of the author, especially the fishy ones.

I wish I could shut up, but I can't, and I won't. - Desmond Tutu


moderated Re: Reason to join a group box please!

 

But be careful, because for at least two of us, the pending notice sometimes goes into a black hole. If I get no response within our required two days, I always contact the person first via an outside (still anonymous) email address, repeating basically the same information and asking them to check their spam, etc. Some nontrivial percentage of the time, the person then responds immediately, saying the email was nowhere to be found (including spam) and answering our questions right away. 

Also, I think that having to return an email questionnaire puts our groups.io groups at a disadvantage with Facebook groups. I would never use a FB group to save my soul, except, as I am doing now, to have a search presence there and point people to our groups.io group. Yet, it is very easy for people to join there by answering the questions in real-time. They don't have to "watch their email inbox (including spam) for a questionnaire!" as we are now routinely warning people to do after clicking on "join." In fact, it's the top message, in all caps, on our home page now because of this issue. Even if they do get the questionnaire, it's something of a disincentive to some otherwise-legitimate would-be members.

Mark has it on the todo list to implement a really nice web-based questionnaire whose answers go directly into some sort of database (the latter possibly just for premium groups). But meanwhile, I think we need something simple as soon as possible. This is a near-daily question/complaint/plea on GMF and there have been several threads about it here, both in general and in response to that.
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J

 

Messages are the sole opinion of the author, especially the fishy ones.

I wish I could shut up, but I can't, and I won't. - Desmond Tutu


moderated Re: Reason to join a group box please!

Philip Wormald <pwormald@...>
 

Thanks guys, that was well hidden to a newbie! OK, all set up and ready now! Thanks for your help :)


moderated Re: Reason to join a group box please!

 

That's what I do. Here's my Pending Subscription notice:

"Dear Prospective Member,
Thank you for your interest in the <GroupName> group.
Groups such as <GroupName> occasionally suffer from individuals who join groups to harvest email addresses and "spam" the membership. So before your application is approved, would you please tell us a little more about your involvement with <GroupSubject>? Just a few lines will do, such as where you live, your name, your aspirations regarding <GroupSubject>or the names of any <GroupName> members you might know. If your email address is cryptic, please provide your proper name, not a pseudonym or business name - anonymous applicants will not be approved.
We're sorry for the extra step, but we trust you'll understand that we simply have our members' interests at heart.
Please send your reply to <GroupName>+owner@groups.io
If you do not reply then you are clearly not very interested in our group and your application is likely to be rejected.
regards,
The Owner and Moderators of the <GroupName> group."

If I get no reply within a day or two, I reject the applicant.

On 18 February 2018 at 16:11, Ginny T. <gttemari21@...> wrote:
There is a way around this, Philip -
Set up a Pending Subscription in Member Notices. This would be sent by the system immediately upon there being a request to join. I use the owners email as the email to have the person respond to, so as to not dangle a personal email out there. Our message asks them to provide their name, why they would like to join, and that they have 72 hours to reply to the note otherwise their request will be declined.
Get a reply, then bring them in. Don't get a reply - POOF.
Ginny

On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 06:59 am, Philip Wormald wrote:
Ideally I'd like a stage where they HAVE to enter a reason for joining, or approval process won't allow them to proceed or join. It would save a great deal of hassle and work at our end...

 
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moderated Re: Reason to join a group box please!

 

On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 07:11 am, Ginny T. wrote:
I use the owners email as the email to have the person respond to,
You don't need to provide the owner email address for them to respond to. If they simply reply to the system-generated email, their reply goes to the +owner address anyway.
 
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J

 

Messages are the sole opinion of the author, especially the fishy ones.

I wish I could shut up, but I can't, and I won't. - Desmond Tutu


moderated Re: Reason to join a group box please!

Ginny T.
 

There is a way around this, Philip -
Set up a Pending Subscription in Member Notices. This would be sent by the system immediately upon there being a request to join. I use the owners email as the email to have the person respond to, so as to not dangle a personal email out there. Our message asks them to provide their name, why they would like to join, and that they have 72 hours to reply to the note otherwise their request will be declined.
Get a reply, then bring them in. Don't get a reply - POOF.
Ginny


On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 06:59 am, Philip Wormald wrote:
Ideally I'd like a stage where they HAVE to enter a reason for joining, or approval process won't allow them to proceed or join. It would save a great deal of hassle and work at our end...

 
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Ginny T.  gttemari21@...
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TemariKai.com


moderated Y!G transfer and collapse topics

Benoît Dumeaux
 

With Y!G transfer there are lot of collapse topics, possibility to have suggestions of merging topics? Like the search of doublon to contact apps?


moderated Re: Repeating Events in Calendar Bug

Scott Myers
 

Mark,

 

I just checked and YES, it is indeed fixed!  Thank you sir!

 

Scott Myers

 

From: main@beta.groups.io [mailto:main@beta.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mark Fletcher
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2018 10:49 AM
To: main@beta.groups.io
Subject: Re: [beta] Repeating Events in Calendar Bug

 

Scott,

 

On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 4:59 AM, Scott Myers <ac8de@...> wrote:

Maybe you are beginning to see the problem I've been reporting where you can't change the number of reoccurrences once it is set.  I still say it is a bug.

 

 

I'm unable to reproduce this since I fixed the bug yesterday. Can you send to support the steps you're taking to reproduce the bug?

 

Thanks,

Mark 


moderated Make Mute Topic and Mute Hashtag landing pages consistent #suggestion

 

Mark,

The landing page for the Mute Topic link in messages has buttons
[Yes] [No]

The landing page for the Mute Hashtag link in messages has buttons
[+ Mute] [x Cancel]

I recommend changing Topic to also be Mute and Cancel as that's more consistent with the buttons on the groups.io home page at the tops of Topics. In fact you could go so far as using the same button:
[ Mute This Topic] with the speaker icon.


And while talking about the Hashtag landing page, I reiterate the idea that neither the Mute Hashtag nor the Group field should be alterable. In fact that information could be written out as a sentence, much more like the Mute Topic page.

My experience with the Group selector on that page is inconsistent - sometimes it has been pre-set to the proper group, sometimes not. Maybe accidental?

Shal


moderated Accessible member status badges

Walter Underwood
 

The red “B” for bouncing is one of the few features that is not accessible to color-blind admins. Maybe change that to an “X”? I know at least one person with monochrome vision, and those would two colors of grey background.

wunder
wunder
Walter Underwood
wunder@...
http://observer.wunderwood.org/  (my blog)


moderated Re: Repeating Events in Calendar Bug

Bob Bellizzi
 


Thanks Mark, it  works great now.
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Founder & Executive Director, The Corneal Dystrophy Foundation


moderated Reason to join a group box please!

Philip Wormald <pwormald@...>
 

As with quite a few others moving from Yahoo the one big thing missing is when new subscribers want to our our groups on IO (which we highly recommend) there is no option to allow them to tell us why they want to join. Ideally I'd like a stage where they HAVE to enter a reason for joining, or approval process won't allow them to proceed or join. It would save a great deal of hassle and work at our end... And I'm sure would be a very welcome addition... Thanks


moderated Re: login suggestion for new refugees from YahooGroups

Tamra
 

FYI for Y! Groups movement... in our transition, I posted to our Yahoo group that some HELP as reference has been posted to help them with the transition.   I mined the data I found on the manager's forum and edited appropriately for our group, hashtag #helpwithgroup

Reference:  Photos
Reference:  Manage Your Subscription
Reference:  This page is about the message composition text box and its toolbar, using HTML markup.

It has been very helpful for me to have access to others' experience.


moderated Site updates #changelog

 

Changes to the site this week:

  • BUGFIX: After editing an event, return to the same month on the calendar.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed updating a single event to a repeating event and converting a repeating event to a single event.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed privacy setting options for subgroups on the settings page.
  • INTERNAL: Upgraded Go compiler to latest version.
  • BUGFIX: Changed repeating parts of a repeating event were not saved.
  • CHANGE: Change 'Send Invite To Group' to default to checked, 'Send Notice to Group' default to unchecked when created a new event.
  • CHANGE: For repeating events with RSVPs, the link from the #cal-invite page takes you to a view event page that lets you select which instance to RSVP to.
  • CHANGE: Direct adds now contain a link to the normal /leave page instead of a special /directunsub page, for more consistency and to prevent spam filters from unsubscribing someone accidentally.
  • NEW: New Muting and Following section of help from J. Changed 'All Messages' to 'Individual Messages' Email Delivery option.
  • CHANGE: Text clarification in the confirmation email and when joining a group for the first time. Also, you can now set your password directly in the welcome screen from the confirmation email.
  • BUGFIX: For polls with answers that contained quotes, when editing the poll, the answers were chopped off.
  • BUGFIX: When viewing profiles groups with a subdomain in the Accounts view, the profile photo was sometimes broken.
  • NEW: Enterprise groups can use their Google Analytics code.
  • CHANGE: Viewing poll responses in the 'Answer' mode, we no longer page because that gave incorrect results. Also display total responders instead of responses, and we now display percentages for each answer.
  • CHANGE: Temporarily removed jump points on the overall Topics view because my algorithm was completely wrong and did not work.
  • CHANGE: Added Help link to top navbar.
  • CHANGE: Tweaked limits of email sending server to fix delayed email delivery.
  • NEW: When transfer@groups.io receives an invite to join a Yahoo Group, we automatically send back an acknowledgement that we received the invite.

Have a good weekend everybody.

Mark


moderated Re: login suggestion for new refugees from YahooGroups

Gerald Boutin <groupsio@...>
 

Mark,

Congratulations. The updated wording is working great. I've just moved over a very small group and only one person out of 20 needed any help whatsoever in getting transferred. I just sat back and watched. It's only the first day, but the unanimous comments have been a collective sigh of relief to be away from Yahoo and somewhere where they feel comfortable.


moderated Cannot create Headings for Wiki on Android #bug

Tom H
 

I am wanting to use the ToC feature but cannot see how to format text as a Heading using Chrome on  Android 6. 

There are a number of other issues I've encountered such as unexpected glitches in the text when jumping back to edit, possibly related to auto-correct. Also, the search field on a wiki page crowding out the sidebar.

 

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