Joining and participating in a group helps you become involved in your community.
A group is a place for you to connect with people who share an interest. Groups can be about anything from regional user groups to private collaboration groups with HDS representatives. People join a group to participate in discussions, keep track of the group-related documents, and remain aware of the group's activities.
There are four types of groups (see Types of Groups). You can browse most of the groups in the HDS Community from the Places page and find groups of interest: groups anyone can fully participate in are called Public or Open. Other groups require you to be a member to participate in certain ways. Depending on how a group is set up, you may have to join it before you can collaborate on content in that group. Some groups require you to be a member in order to see any activity or content in a group, and still others are invisible unless you get an invitation.
To find some groups to participate in:
- In the main navigation, click your avatar and then Your Places.
- Select in the left pane.
- Use the filtering options to find groups that interest you. For example, type accounting in the Filter by text area to find all accounting-related groups.
- Click the group title to open and look at the group. You won't see any secret (also known as Private: unlisted) groups here because can't see them unless you are invited to the group. If you click on a private group, you can ask to join.
- You have the following options depending on the group type:
|Open Group||Click through and participate, or join or follow the group to see updates from the group in your streams.|
|Public Group||Click through and participate, or follow the group to see updates from the group in your streams. (Public groups don't have members.)|
|Members Only Group||You can read all the content and activity, but you have to join to participate.|
|Public (Restricted) Group||Click through and participate. You can reply or comment and create some kinds of content without joining the group, but for full authorship rights, you need to be approved for membership by a member of the group.|
|Private Group||Request membership if you want to see what's in a private group. The group owner must approve your membership.|