Our new forum software will allow us to create groups of users.
What are the advantages of Groups?
Groups of users can send private messages to the group and all users in the group will receive the message
Groups of users can have private (or even hidden) posting categories and subcategories that only they have access to.
Groups of users can receive higher than normal trust levels, giving them super-powers, or, whatever.
How will we use Groups?
One idea that I’m thinking of implementing is that of Overseas supporters. I think we’ll have an Overseas fans group that is visible to everyone but where posting is restricted to members of the group.
In time, if this proves popular, inside the Overseas group we could have subcategories for Middle-East, Australia, Liverpool, etc.
Another way that Discourse uses groups, and I shit you not, is that moderators have a Lounge area (it’s really called The Lounge) that is restricted to them. For years @bearsy and @tokyo-saint have been going on about the Mods’ Champagne Lounge and it’ll soon be here. Art imitating life?
Obviously, the Soviet will be a Group with its own private posting area, elevated permissions and private messaging facility.
The idea is that being a member of the group feels in someway private and valuable.