Q. What types of Groups are there?
Groups are a basic feature of Commons. On Commons, a group can serve a set of people who are interested in a certain topic, collaborators planning an event or working on a project, a writing group, and more.
You can browse through all the public and private groups on the network by going to the Groups Directory.
There are three levels of privacy that determine who can see or join a group:
● Public groups are groups that everyone can see. A public group will have a Join Group button for any logged-in members of the network; if you click that, you can become a member.
● Private groups are groups that can be joined only by permission. If you’re not a member, you can not see what is in the group. There might, however, be a Request Membership button on the left side of the page. If you click that, the administrator of the group will be sent a message saying that you want to join it. If the administrator thinks that’s fine, you will become a member of the group. You can also become a member of a private group if an administrator of the group invites you.
● Hidden groups are even more private than private groups. They don’t appear in the Groups Directory unless you are already a member of the hidden group. Unlike private groups, hidden groups do not allow you to request membership in them; you can only be invited to join them.