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blog post Report Groups are coming!

Marshall Stokes
Posted on Feb 26, 2010 - 14:00 by Marshall Stokes
Ok, it's taken longer than we hoped, but we're finally ready to start developing the Uvumi Groups feature to provide the functionality that so many of you want and are currently trying to get from band profiles.

Olivier has already laid the groundwork for basic groups, and we plan to launch the feature in (hopefully!) about 2 weeks. Here's what Uvumi Groups will have in the first release:

* Control - Group owners control if the group is open to the public or if new members must submit a request to join.

* Moderators - Owners can define certain members as moderators of the group, with varying permissions (approve new members, remove members, remove comments/discussions, create/edit photo albums, etc)

* Spam Control - group members will not be able to mass-message the entire group

* Upgraded comments wall - We're considering a "quote" feature, and we're also trying to decide how to best implement comment replies. Are you happy with the current comment system? We like nested replies, but sometimes it's tough to find comments that have new replies... what if the original comment (with replies) was moved to the top of the list when a new reply is posted? Any ideas you guys have for upgrading the comment wall in groups would be greatly appreciated!

* Group Discussions - Forum-style discussions (more on this as we develop it). Any ideas or requests regarding this feature would be greatly appreciated!

* Photo albums - will be similar to existing photo albums for normal profiles, except group owners will be able to create public albums so any group member can contribute photos. Albums could also be private, so only owner/moderators can post photos. We haven't entirely figured this feature out, so, again, any suggestions or requests on that from you would be great!

We're going to start with this, and because we won't be spending weeks and months testing it and rooting out all the bugs, we're hoping that the community here can help us find bugs and upgrade the base group system to meet your needs.

After we launch the initial base features, we'll quickly start working on the music features of Uvumi Groups. Stuff like group charts, group playlists, and recommended songs based on group listening habits and/or defined genres. More on that later, but please feel free to give us your ideas on this area of Uvumi Groups, too!

We realize that the whole idea behind groups is to share music, but we want to get the base features launched as soon as possible to resolve the current issues that have come up from using band profiles as makeshift groups. We figure it's best to just get something out there as fast as we can, and improve and upgrade it as a community effort.

And of course, we will convert the current "groups" to real Uvumi Groups once the new system is launched.

So, what do you think? Is everyone ready for this? ;)

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Comments (28)

  • Left by Marshall Stokes, on Mar 12, 2010 - 7:03
    Getting really close now, we have been testing the core functionality described in this announcement, and so far it's looking great. Pretty much just waiting on Olivier to wrap up some final changes so we can do another round or two of testing before we finally launch the new feature... sorry for the delays, we're really close now!
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  • Left by Marshall Stokes, on Mar 7, 2010 - 20:12
    Hi everyone, sorry we're running behind on this release. It's been a bit more work than we expected, but we are going as quick as we can and we hope to launch Uvumi Groups before the end of the month (hopefully sooner!). We'll definitely let everyone know as soon as it's ready!
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    Left by redshift9, on Feb 27, 2010 - 12:55
    "what if the original comment (with replies) was moved to the top of the list when a new reply is posted?"

    Yes! Please do this. Not only would it make new replies much easier to find, but a comment interesting enough to warrant replies deserves to be at the top anyway.

    I also appreciate your community-oriented approach to developing and improving the site. Thanks!
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      Left by Digdug, on Mar 7, 2010 - 17:08
      hear hear, it would be a big improvement if comments with new replies went back to the top.
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    Great work, guys.
    Left by francoise couston, on Feb 27, 2010 - 11:26
    Bravo Marshall et Olivier, il semble que tout le monde attendait ├ža.
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    Left by Serin, on Feb 27, 2010 - 8:20
    "what if the original comment (with replies) was moved to the top of the list when a new reply is posted?"

    This would be an excellent change. I, too, had problems trying to find new comments. That would work just fine!
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    Left by geronimodeleon, on Feb 26, 2010 - 18:30
    I continue to be encouraged by your willingness to facilitate change with user input.

    Three groups sounds like a reasonable limit, and
    I agree with enabling transfer of the admin baton to another member.

    I look forward with anticipation to this new aspect of the quest!
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  • Left by Rafael, on Feb 26, 2010 - 17:39
    I was about to ask about the music features on groups and then I've read you're gonna first do the basics on the group and then work on it. It's just so awesome!

    I've never thought about how many groups we could have before, but I hope the idea of max 3 works. As Olivier stated, less group means more meaningful groups and with people using them, and i strongly agree with his point of view.

    Thanks guys, keep rocking!
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    Left by pablotee, on Feb 26, 2010 - 16:50
    u guyz r kewl
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  • Left by Unregistered User, on Feb 26, 2010 - 16:33
    This has been an impressive site in how quickly you improve and update the interface -- and how you test the waters before you dive in ;-)
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    Left by Unregistered User, on Feb 26, 2010 - 16:30
    Sounds like you've covered off the main things perfectly. Make it so! ;)
    And yes I think 2 groups Max should do it.
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      Left by olivier, on Feb 26, 2010 - 16:43
      we had 3 max in mind, looks like we are not too far off
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        Left by Unregistered User, on Feb 26, 2010 - 16:58
        Hey Olivier.
        Sure 3 would be cool too :)
        Great work btw you guys Rock!
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        Left by Serin, on Feb 27, 2010 - 8:19
        3 would be great. 2 important ones and 1 group restricted to people with adorable animal avatars!

        Uvumibee? Hmm...might need to work on the name. :)
      • Left by Roberto, on Feb 28, 2010 - 2:39
        It looks I will have full groups... Second Life music lovers, WOW Bumpadores and T61 refugees. But of course you don't need a group slot to be fan of the singers/bands you like.
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