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Fox Dream101

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Hey um, someone hacked into my community and changed the name and the '' about this community '' How do I change the name back?
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Fox Dream101's profile photoReverend John's profile photo
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Unless you are using a Tandy Computer like +Reverend Richard Seeland - who is apparently unable to change his community name using it.  But he's a Special case.
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Andrew Ledford

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I thought maybe this community would know more about this type of G+ fake profile network 
 
I am seeing an increasing number of fake accounts, some of them are building quite large and robust communities. Does anybody have a handle on who these people are and why they are developing the communities. Some are obvious, they are online spammers, many of the recent community builders I have seen are more puzzling. They are spammers too, but so far I have just seen them spamming communities to poach members. They start with an army of fake account and when the community grows they no longer need to poach because their members do it for them. At least in one community, with the encouragement from the community owner. 
I have joined one of these groups to see what they are up to. Anybody else have any information about this?
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+John R. Ellis Thanks, I used to report them to Google from the offender's profile page.At one time I was doing it so much I thought it may look like was being vindictive of other pet communities, so I quit. Now I just block them. But I am sure my community members are getting invitations  
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daniel fretto

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How does one contact a moderator? I can't even see who they are. I was part of the LG G4 community but it appears that I've been removed.
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daniel fretto's profile photoJohn R. Ellis's profile photo
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Yes, that's a removal sign.
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Kat Johnson

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We're having some problems you should be aware.  Be on the lookout for these names.  They have many similar aliases that can be found under   Search for people pages or posts      Their community is ballerslyfe!.   
Please report and block these guys.  
Be careful not to tag them, or link to their community, in any of your posts. 
+John R. Ellis 
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+Stéphane Hamel You are correct. This group was worse than the usual fair. Targeting, threatening and stalking our community owner, among others, because of skin color. They harass on any medium they can find, hangouts, Instagram, etc, bombarding communities and members w porn and changing aliases to avoid block. Fortunately, their combined intellect isn't enough to power a night light so we're confident putting the word out will not only get them kicked off but hopefully, put a stop to the lowest form of bottom feeder on G+. Give me a good troll over these guys any day. Lol
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Hakan Gül

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Moderating with G+ Android app

I'm using the app to moderate my communities and it is almost an impossible task. After deleting one or two spam marked posts the feed refreshes and goes back to the top. Trying to delete 20 spam posts among hundreds of new posts means that I have to scroll down through my feed after each refresh after a deletion. That is tedious.

Used different brand phones and tablets and I have the same problem on all of them.

Any others who are using the android app to moderate their communities and experience the same problem? 
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Hakan Gül's profile photoJens “Google Plus Yoda” Graikowski's profile photo
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Owners can't communicate with members who blocked them?

Is it really true that owners of a community can't contact members who have blocked them in any way? That is a serious flaw in communities. It's often exactly those members who block moderators and owners who cause the most problems.

I have a member in one of the communities I own who is generally a valuable contributor (so I don't want to ban him) but occasionally turns into a cantankerous, obnoxious individual who needs slowing down. I can't do any of that. All I seem to be able to do with members who blocked me (he's the only one, which is why I never noticed that before) is move their posts, delete them or ban the member. I can't contact the member in any way, no matter if it's comments, PMs or hangout messages. Is that really the fact?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​
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Don Downing (Warrant2K)'s profile photoAndrew Hatchett's profile photo
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Make it a rule that any member who blocks owners or moderators will be immediately banned - no matter how 'valuabe' their contributions may be. Believe me...no contribution by ANY member is that valuable.
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Militant Man

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2 communities a friend of mine owned (I was a mod) are now completely gone - vanished. These were private communities. I can't really find any articles about why this would happen so - has anyone here got an idea please? We are really worried. Would G+ tell the owners if it was 'shut down'? can someone else shut it down and how?

All answers will be greatly received. 
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John R. Ellis's profile photoAllen  Massi's profile photo
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+John R. Ellis thanks I dont think that should have applied in our case. But thank you for answering my questions.
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Hey guys,

Quick question. For about 4-5 days I've been having trouble making posts visible ( from the mobile app) that have been marked as spam by Google. Sometimes it doesn't work at all and even when it works out doesn't change status. Let me explain what I mean.

Before, when I made a post visible the grey status bar at the top of the post changed to "visible" (or something like that, since I have my language set to German). Now it doesn't. I have to refresh the stream to find out if the change took place.

Anybody else having that problem? Any idea how to remedy it?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​
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Rupert Wood's profile photoJens “Google Plus Yoda” Graikowski's profile photo
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The G+ app version is 5.7.0.95864644 which is the latest I can update to.

The phone is a Galaxy S4 with Android Lollipop 5.0.1 installed. 
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Spring Creek

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Growing a Community 

It may help to discuss specifics of growing a community beyond the basics of providing great content.  Here are some of my recent thoughts. I hope people will add to this... 

My efforts to attract outside of the G+ universe have been very marginal.   Posting a link on our website ( traffic ~600/day) and naming it FORUM  had added very people, but does increase awareness.  My impression is it is not easy to get the general public to join G+.    I suspect the public may read the tips we post on our G+ Community/Forum and just leave.   To compare, there is also a facebook link next to the G+ "Forum" link and our facebook followers are not growing much faster, so the adoption rate may be slow across the board.

Creating a post on facebook linking to tips on our G+ Community also works poorly.  

I really think the best way is to share the best of the posts from your Community into other somewhat related Communities and add a short non-bold tag that it was shared from your Community.   If they are interested, they will follow the link.  

I am still looking for the magic bullet to grow a community after posting quality information in the community and creating a wide range of categories to interest most people. My current idea is to emphasize an element of my Community ( named Ponds & Lakes)  and share that with much broader communities such as Gardening or Nature.   Emphasizing an aspect such as our promoting the idea of people helping nature by using native plants in ponds, ditches etc could be a way to draw interest from a much broader audience.  In this case that would be people who enjoy nature and wish to support it via native plants and animals.   I believe you really have to explore your niche and expand it to a broader audience appeal to grow your specialized community.  

I recently expanded the topic categories in the community again to spark interest from a broader audience.  I have no way to directly measure this impact.  It is just a good practice.  

Yesterday I started a new practice of posting a helpful tip along with a link to my community onto select Youtube videos.  The thinking is the people who post all have at least a default G+ profile so the threshold to join a G+ community may be lower/easier.   We shall see if we get a result there.

Any other productive ideas out there? 

for convenience here is the community in question https://plus.google.com/communities/106122096790923657121


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Spring Creek's profile photoDr. Prerna Singla's profile photo
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agree with u +Spring Creek ... i have recently started with a few like these in mine too... :)
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al m

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I create a lot of communities with my main profile ( al m) and I'm never listed as an owner on the about section.

When I create a community with one of my alts, I am listed as owner on the about section. 

My question is: Does anyone know why this happens?
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John R. Ellis's profile photoal m's profile photo
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+John R. Ellis Sorry for the late reply. Thanks :)
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About this community

This is a grassroots community of Google+ Community moderators that come together to share the experience and expertise in effort to help each other build stronger Google Plus Communities (GPCs). NO SPAM. NO LINK LITTER. NO SHARING YOUR NEW COMMUNITY HERE. Our most frequently asked questions: Q: How do I get more members to my GPC? A: Fill it with remarkable content so that they cannot help but join. Q: How do I get more members engaging with my GPC? A: Accept that most will lurk, but see the first answer. Q: Can I change my private GPC to public? Or vice versa. A: No, you can't. Q: How do I become a Community Moderator? A: Owner promotes you from membership. Q: Community was left Ownerless - how do we get one? A: You can't. Read this: https://plus.google.com/+JohnSkeats/posts/DhMwWGRnN6g Q: I'm new and want to create my own GPC. How? A: Read this: http://andrij.co/blog/community-owner-guide/ Q: How do I create/manage a Community on my mobile device? A: Read this: https://plus.google.com/102059301521610707137/posts/S1WcT3YF5Mb Q: Posts are missing - where did they go? A: Read this: https://plus.google.com/+JohnREllis/posts/MWk3ZhmRy8w The community was founded by Peter G McDermott, but is now lorded over by a mix of gentle and heavy-handed moderators, none of whom actually work for Google or G+.

Abbey Matatall

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    I recently created a community for my students to post about their summer reading. I sent out about 15 invitations via e-mail, but when I checked my invited list, it said I only sent 5.
    Similarly, one of my communities says it has three members, but I can only see one (me) when I click on the members link.
    Does anyone know the reasons for these errors? Is there a way to fix them? I appreciate any assistance or advice anyone can give me. Thank you!
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There have been other similar questions here regarding specific domain communities and such problems.  You might look through the posts here to see the answers given - or maybe someone who uses those will reply to this post.   
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I am in a RP g+ community and it use to have more than 100 members. The community started to get less active and the owner left with over 50 people leaving the community with the owner. Now there is only 63 members and its now active, what do I do? I really need good tips and possibly need a good partner to help me.
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+lennux ND1 A lot of communities are noting less activity lately - summer in the northern hemisphere, all these feature changes in G+ to make it less user friendly.  
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Cupcake 62782

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it might be a dumb think to ask  but how do you make  someone a mod on a community if your the owner?
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Cupcake 62782's profile photoSajjeev X Antony's profile photo
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+Frank Rummel Yes, track record is very important. In my community (philosophy of religion) mods are nominated by an owner or an existing mod, whose responsibility it is to investigate the background of the nominee, not only from G+ but everything on the web he has written. Then we debate and finally put it to vote. Almost all mods who have been selected so far were by 100% consensus, and not imposed by owner.
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Philip Stickland

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Does anyone know if there is a way to monitor activity on your community?  For example, how many visitors a day.  Even better would be the names of those visitors....
Thanks!
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John R. Ellis's profile photoPhilip Stickland's profile photo
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Thanks, John
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Dr. Prerna Singla

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I have a querry ... i created a community .. but later added 2 owners along with me.. but since the community is created by my profile, if tomorrrow i delete my profile will the community b deleted too?? 
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John R. Ellis's profile photoDr. Prerna Singla's profile photo
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+John R. Ellis good morning dear friend :D.. hru today?? I just woke up.. :D .. yes, lemme check bout the orphaned communities. . Yes i hope somday google will look into this issue too.. :D
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thirsa shery

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i'm  the  owner  of  a  community    i  want  to  choose  some  moderators  can  u  please  explain  to  me  what  it  is    and  how  to  choose  one
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George “Jolo” Lavall's profile photoPaz LeBon's profile photo
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Use folks that are regular contributors
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LeFabDomino Poe

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Please tell us what to make of this? us mods cant talk to this kid!!
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George “Jolo” Lavall's profile photoSeth Burgess's profile photo
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Trying to read a story written by someone with such a limited command of the language would be exceptionally painful.  This should be a self-correcting issue I believe.  (Though do remove it from the community if it doesn't belong there - that's why moderators exist)
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How do you make an already large community grow even more?
I am a moderator of a 255,000 member community. After the community hit 250,000 members, things have been slowing down. The community has gotten less active, and other mods have also said that.
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Spring Creek

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Community disappearing from search
I own a community named "ponds".  It has always been listed in the 3-4th spot on a G+ community search by its name.  It is suddenly gone AWOL from the Community tab search results, but its posts are still visible in the G+ Posts search and its link is still on my profile.    Did I forget the secret handshake or break an unknown rule?  Glitch perhaps? It has been around a couple years. I've never seen it gone missing in search like this.   Ideas?   thank you!
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Mystery solved!  I changed the community name to Ponds and Lakes.  Now it appears in the community search.   Hope this helps anyone who has this trouble in the future. 
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