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First, groups creators and administrators can add static pages to a group. Added pages will be featured prominently on the group's home page, which will make it easier to share knowledge or information with group members (or potential members).
Second, group creators and administrators will be able to change the privacy settings of an existing group. We've also redesigned the privacy settings to be a lot easier to use and understand.
Lastly, we're enhancing or fixing a slew of issues and flows within the Groups feature, including:
Keep reading for a full breakdown of what's coming for Pages in groups and privacy settings.
Pages inside Groups
Perhaps you want to add a schedule for a group that is dedicated to fans of a particular baseball team. Or, maybe you want to create a list of important lesson plans for a class-based group. Instead of having to start a discussion in the group and share documents, group creators and administrators will be able to create a static page and simply add the information there. This enhancement should make Groups more versatile and powerful.
Pages within a group will act just like a normal page, in most respects. The creator of a page can choose to enable or disable comments, and the page will be accessible via the group's home page. Note that any pages added within a group won't be added to a Ning Network's "All Pages" directory. To avoid confusion, group pages will stay in their own group.
There's no limit to the number of pages that can be added, so group creators have ultimate flexibility in creating Groups Pages.
Redesigned, changeable group privacy settings
As long as the Groups feature has been around, privacy settings for each group have been locked immediately after the creation of that group. Additionally, in terms of privacy, someone in the process of creating a new group has always seen a single "Privacy" setting. Additional options (like being able to make a group invite-only) would only appear after a group creator decided to turn on member moderation.
Groups creators and administrators will be able to change the privacy settings for a group at any point in time, for both new and existing groups. This adds a huge degree of flexibility to the Groups feature.
On top of allowing settings to be changed at any time, groups privacy settings will soon be a lot easier to use and understand.
This change allows group creators and administrators to create a group that anyone can see but only invited people can join, or an invite-only group where members still have to be approved.
These changes should make the Groups feature much more useful and flexible.