How to Use Moderated Groups




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To create a new group:

1. Make sure you are logged into your instructables account.

2. From the drop down menu on the top of the page select: Groups > New group.

3. You will be taken to the New Group page. On the New Group page (where you previously only had the option of choosing a group name, URL, and description) you now have the ability to decide if you want to moderate for Members, Instructables, and Forum Topics.

4. Select the check boxes accordingly.

Step 1: Moderating the Group

As moderator of the group you will receive an e-mail asking your approval every time someone requests to join or submit content to your group (depending on what topics you have chosen to moderate).

A link in the e-mail will take you to the moderator page for that group, or (another way to access that page) you can click the "Manage This Group" button under the description of the group.

The moderator page gives you the option of managing the group's profile, instructables, members, and forums.

Every request received for a new member/ forum topic/ instructable will show up on the moderator page with the option of approving or denying. If you choose deny, the request will disappear from the page. If you choose approve, it will be added to your group, but you will always have the option of removing it, if you change your mind later.



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    11 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I don't see any drop down menus at the top of any pages. I can't for the life of my find the create group option anywhere. What am I missing? thanks!

    1 reply

    Ah, finally found a different way to get there. I went to Submit->Submit New Group. Still mystified by these instructions though :)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    i need help! when i try to submit my group it says i need a name! i have a picture to add to the group and i have a name for the groupbut it still says i can't! plz help~!!!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i have a problem. when i click to manage a group, it doesent let me deny or approve anything. what should i do?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Right now only one user can moderate a group. If you'd like to get around this then the quick fix would be to create a new account that can manage they group. Then, share the login and password for that account with everyone that you'd like to be a moderator and you're set to go. I know that's not as good as having multiple moderators, but it's what can be done under the existing features.


    Reply 12 years ago

    Yes you can, so long as you are the owner of the group. It's inside the "manage group" link on the group page.