Feature #12446


Toggle default site to group forum posting

Added by Laurie Hurson over 4 years ago. Updated over 4 years ago.

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Hi All,

I was working with a professor who created a linked group site. Students used the group forum for discussion and will be submitting work via private posts. This professor wants to spaces linked so that students roles are synced and there is an easy way to navigate between the spaces but does not want the posts from the site to go to the group.

This professor wants to keep the group site linked but wants to bulk/default turn off the post-to-group-forum feature between the site and the group. I know this can be turned off on a post-by-post basis but it seems there is nowhere to turn off the post->forum connection if the group and site are connected?

I told her she could un-link group and site after students had joined to guarantee that posts do not accidentally get sent to the group but we might also think about creating a way to toggle the default post->group forum feed.


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Actions #1

Updated by Boone Gorges over 4 years ago

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Could you be more specific about "go to the group"? Does this mean that she doesn't want the items to appear in the group activity stream? Is this because the activity stream becomes too cluttered, or because she doesn't want the students to receive email notifications? There are various ways we might imagine introducing toggles, but first we'd want to understand the motivation behind the request.

Actions #2

Updated by Laurie Hurson over 4 years ago

She does not want posts to have any presence in the group, meaning:

- posts are not added to the group activity stream
- notifications are not emailed out to students that a post has been added to the site.

Actions #3

Updated by Boone Gorges over 4 years ago

Got it. But why? I'm trying to gauge here whether this is a need that's worth fulfilling for all users of the Commons. In general, what's the use case for this?

Actions #4

Updated by Laurie Hurson over 4 years ago

I don't know if this is worth fulfilling but wanted to log it here just in case.

The use case:

A professor wants a linked group site to streamline student invitations and sync roles. Students join the group and by proxy the site. They participate in forum threaded discussions in the group and get course materials and post reading response assignments to the site. The professor wants group and site connected so that roles are synced and menu links btwn site + group exist but does not require actual data exchange between the two spaces.

Actions #5

Updated by Boone Gorges over 4 years ago

Thanks, Laurie, and sorry for the badgering - just trying to figure out the request :)

Rereading, I think I might have misread the original request, due to some ambiguous terminology. You mention "group forum" but I don't think this is really about forum posts. Instead, it's about whether blog posts appear in the group activity stream.

You mention that the site posts will be "private". Can you say more about the mechanism for making them private? If they're using the 'Private' post status (see screenshot) I don't believe it'll sync to the BP group. This could probably use testing.

Actions #6

Updated by Laurie Hurson over 4 years ago

Not badgering! Thanks for asking for clarification.

Sorry for the confusion, I did mean that the prof does not want site post in the activity feed in the group.

She will be using the plugin default private post so this might make the request moot. I can test to make sure private post does not trigger activity feed and and email notification.

Toggle would probably be most useful in other cases where instructors want a connected group site (for role sync, menu navigation) without posts entering activity feed and triggering notifications.

Actions #7

Updated by Boone Gorges over 4 years ago

  • Category name set to Groups (misc)
  • Assignee set to Laurie Hurson
  • Target version set to Future release

I'm unconvinced that the use cases for this feature are broad enough to necessitate more UI and technical overhead, especially given that there are workarounds in the form of private posts, etc. I'll leave it to Laurie to make the case otherwise :)

Actions #8

Updated by Laurie Hurson over 4 years ago

I agree that use cases don't warrant more dev work. But glad this idea is documented in case there is more demand in the future.


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