Guidelines for suggestions - Read This First
Some social networks have many hundreds of small groups, many of them duplicated, many of them with only a handful of members, some of them plain crazy. The ASPCA network has over 800 groups, several hundred of them with only one or two members.
On Atheist Nexus, which has over 460 groups, someone has created a group called "West Texas Arachnophobic Atheists who Collect Comic Books." Point made, I think. There's also a group devoted to "Philosophy on Gnosticism, Buddhism on Jesus the Jewish Gnostic allso Humanist he love man kind allso the Buddha but he not Jewish" [sic
]. Both these groups have two members.
Allowing unmoderated group creation leads to unnecessary duplication, fragmentation of concerns, and scattering around of people. People are presented with a daunting array of hundreds of groups and don't know where to go.
We don't think that approach would serve the typical member here well.
We would like to create topical/issue/action groups that make sense, that people can find their way around. There is always scope for distinct sub-topics inside each group, in group discussions.
We would like local groups to have the best chance of getting moving, by defining sensible areas.
At the same time we want to be responsive to members' wants and needs.
These guidelines are intended to help people to formulate suggestions in line with the above goals.
For topic/issue/action groups
please describe the suggested subject matters and scope and why you think a group would work better than a discussion. [Discussions are more for debate-type matters]
Check other groups covering a similar field, and consider whether yours might work better as a sub-topic within another group. If there's overlap, confer with the pre-existing group. If you still want a group with an overlap, please explain why.
For local groups
please check what other groups exist in your area first. If you plan to overlap - inside the range of a broader group, or encompassing the range of a smaller group - please confer with the moderator of the existing group first, and then explain here why your overlapping group is needed.
NB: Only World Pantheist Movement members can moderate groups. Please indicate if you want to be a moderator.