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Group pages

Groups pages are a flexible way for users to connect and share information that may or may not be directly related to data in Movebank. Any registered user can create and manage groups. See below for instructions for how to

Creating a group page

To create a new group,

  • Log in to Movebank and select Community > All Groups > Create Group.
  • Provide a title, short description, and mission statement (extended description).
  • Choose whether the group will be visible to non-members and who can join by selecting how to deal with membership requests (see Setting group permissions below).
  • Select whether you want users to be asked to join the group when they register on Movebank, whether you want the group listed in the groups directory, and whether you want the group to be entirely private.
  • Add an image or photo that represents your group (optional).
  • Select save.

Setting group permissions

Groups can be listed on the groups page (visible to the public, including non-members of Movebank) or visible only to their members, and you can choose from four access options:

  • Open: any Movebank member can choose to join the group, and membership does not need to be approved by a group administrator.
  • Moderated: any Movebank member can request to join the group, but membership must be approved by a group administrator.
  • Invite only: users can only be added by recieving and accepting a invitation from a group administrator
  • Closed: users are added and removed from the group only by a group administrator

Managing group membership and creating content

After you have created your group, you and other group members can add content and manage memberships using the menu on the right on the group page, below your group image:

  • Create Topical Group Document: allows you to upload a document to share and discuss within the group. When the upload page loads, add a title (required) and keywords (optional). Under Groups, you can select whether the document and related comments will be visible to the public or only to group members (if the group is visible to the public, then documents are visible to the public by default). In Body, you can add a description to go along with the document. Lastly, select Choose File under Document, select a file from your computer, and select Upload. After the file is uploaded, select Preview if you want to see how the post will look, and select Save to finish. Other members will now be able to view, download, and comment on the document from the Documents tab in the lower right of the group page.
  • Create Topical Group Post: allows you to post a message to the group that other members can respond to. When the create post page opens, provide a title and add your message to the Body of the post. Under Groups, you can select whether the post and related comments will be visible to the public or only to group members (if the group is visible to the public, then documents are visible to the public by default). Select Preview if you want to see how the post will look, and select Save to finish. The post will show up on the group page and other users will be able to comment on it.
  • Invite Friend: allows you to invite others to your group. You can invite up to 10 other e-mail addresses or Movebank usernames at once, and you can add a personal message to be included in the invitation.
  • # members: allows you to view a list of group members. From here group administrators can also add others to the group, remove existing members from the group, or give other members administrator rights for the group.
  • My membership: allows you to remove yourself from the group (if you are the group manager you must assign another member as the group manager before you can leave the group). To change the group manager, select Edit from beneath the group name and select Authoring information from the edit options. In the Group manager field, enter the Movebank user name for the user who will be the new manager. Then click Save.

Editing group content

To edit group content, you will have to be a group administrator or the user who posted the content.

To edit a post, document, or comment,

  • Open the post or document that you want to edit (to edit comments, open the post or document that contains the comment).
  • Select Edit (located beneath the title of posts and documents, and in the bottom-right of comments).
  • Make the required changes.
  • If you are editing a comment, you will be asked to respond to a captcha (this is to prevent automated spam).
  • If you want to see how the changes will look before you post the changes, select Preview.
  • Select Save (located at the bottom of the page).

To delete a post, document, or comment,

  • Open the post or document you want to delete (to delete comments, open the post or document that contains the comment).
  • Select Edit (located beneath the title of posts and documents, and in the bottom-right of comments).
  • Select Delete (located at the bottom of the page).
  • You will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the content. Select Delete.

Notifying group members

In order to allow group members to keep track of updates to group pages without having to frequently visit the page, group members will be contacted by e-mail when a document, post, or comment is added or updated. In addition, group administrators can send a message to all group members by selecting Broadcast from the options under the group name on the left.