Groups is a 2018 upgrade feature. Only registered site members can view (or post) in Groups.
Groups allow like-minded members with a shared interest to have a dedicated area they can meet and discuss in.
By and large, MyPTSD is open to all. People with PTSD, or who aren't sure if they have PTSD. People who are curious about PTSD, living with or dating someone with PTSD, researching an aspect of PTSD. The site has an open-door policy, asking only that the guest/member have some connection to PTSD. We have sub-forums that set a topic, and then threads that fall into the umbrella of that topic. Nearly every area is open to everyone and it can get noisy, which can make it hard to find other members with experiences/concerns similar to your own.
Groups exist so that members of this community - established members (more on that in a moment), with something distinct that they have in common - can get together and discuss various aspects of that commonality. Members who don't share that thing don't need to be in that particular Group.
An established member has been around the site long enough for the Admins to have a sense of who they are through how they post. We'll be looking at posting history, profiles, and activity in areas of the board relevant to the group. Every individual is different - we aren't using any set criteria such as number of posts, length of membership, rule infractions, etc.
Members contact Admins with information about the group they'd like to start. If it's a good idea, we'll set it up.
A good idea will be broad enough to support multiple conversations, yet specific enough that it won't be relevant to just anyone - only to people with a real connection to the subject. Parenting in a PTSD home, Living with chronic illness, Men's issues, Military (active service and veterans), CBT/DBT discussion group...these are just examples of groups I can imagine, and I'm certain there are many others.
We will take into account the nature of the potential topics, how relevant it is that members be vetted prior to joining, and what level of privacy is needed to fulfill the group's stated purpose.
The Groups feature uses some different terminology. There is a Group Owner, and there are Group Moderator(s). Group owner will always be a MyPTSD Admin, simply for technical reasons. To start, each group will be paired with a specific MyPTSD staff member fitting the group criteria, in order to provide support; but eventually, I'd like to see the member who made the proposal become the Group Mod.
The truth is, if a Group is working well it will require little to no moderation, because the members will want it to work. Groups rely on the honor system. Members self-select into them, and should do so intending to make a positive contribution. There will be zero tolerance for trolling in Groups. Trolling or spamming a Group will have consequences ranging from being banned from all groups, to being removed from the site.
Here's what a group is not:
Go to Contact Us, use the thread prefix 'groups', please.
Suggest a name for the group, and answer the following: