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Julie Pierce

» Questions & Help  - 
 
Hi there! I'm an owner/moderator of a community. It has doubled in size since I started really working on engaging in G+. This is great; but now I have zero sense of who is in my community. Can I have people 'apply' or fill out a form before they are allowed to join?
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+John R. Ellis just corrected me. He says public communities can be switched to join by approval community.
Let me know if this helps.
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Dave Burdick

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Hi folks! I've been lurking and trying to glean some tips and tricks for my Smart Consumer community, but thought I should introduce myself. I don't really mind sharing relevant links to the basically empty community for now, but I wonder if anybody has great advice on how to get the community some exposure, or on what types of content tend to be the most attractive. Many thanks! 
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Tommy swan

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Is there a way to make my community pending for a few days then get it back on again?
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+John R. Ellis thank you. I better correct my response to s later query. 
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Rocky Orepaz

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What is a moderator?
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Brittany Bevelle

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Hey Beautiful,

I just joined this community to better moderate my Etsy seller community. Being a moderator has really forced me to be super active on Google+, which I'm falling in love with. I'm definitely ready to learn some neat tips and tricks.

<3 Brittany
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+Peter van Rens LOL! That's the first valid use I've seen for a -1!
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Marina Boykis

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Hi everyone, I hosted a Hangout on Air last night, but the video didn't record properly. I spoke in addition to one other person, but for most of the video it just showed my face. Anyone know how to fix that for future hangouts? thanks!
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Hi +Marina Boykis. This community is for discussion about being a community moderator. You would do much better asking questions about Hangouts in the Hangouts Help Forum (http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/hangouts) because that is where you will find the Hangouts experts.
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Adam Tucker

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Hi All,
I joined the community to be a more informed moderator. I just started a two year nursing program and volunteered to be a class representative. My first action was to create a space where I could communicate information from the faculty and administrators to our class. As Google+ and Hangouts both have apps for both iPhone and Android, (and I already had an account) I signed my class up for a new community.

Looking forward to getting some good tips!
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That sounds like a great use for Google+, +Adam Tucker. Welcome to our community.
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Carlo Landzaat

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Hi,

I'm owner/mod of several communities on G+, and I joined this one to keep informed/get advice on how other people moderate their comms.
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Welcome to the community, +Carlo Landzaat. That's what we're here for!
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Michael Mahemoff

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Is there any way to turn off "New member" notifications? I don't want a notification every 5 minutes!
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Oh well, thankfully the owner's opened up the community again :D
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Trey Ratcliff

» Feedback / Requests  - 
 
Question (false-assumption??) - When I "Pin" a post within a category, don't you think it should also be at the top of that category when I click into it?
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+Trey Ratcliff // Pro-tip -- don't post porn if your mom is your #1 fan.
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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? A: No, you can't. The community was founded by Peter G McDermott, but now lorded over by a mix of gentle and heavy-handed moderators.

Jacke Cavalcante

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Olá!! Sou nova aqui!!
Estou pensando em criar uma comunidade
aqui no Google+ e vim aqui pra entender
melhor como funciona  e ficar por dentro das
informações/novidades
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Shari Lynn Smith

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Hi I've been asked why some people are seeing emoticon's (smilies or smiley's) and others aren't. I have found no definitive answer other then it depends on what your viewing the community in. Browser & system. Does anyone know of an addon, or list somewhere that I can point them to?
Thanks!
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Evan Hei

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I am wondering if there is a quick way to search a Community for a member's comments only--without yielding a haystack of posts by the member.  Next semester I can ask students to use a hashtag and their name when they comment--that should do the trick, right?  But meanwhile is there a workaround?
 
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Awesome!  Thank you, John.  It works--I can get the Profile ID of someone who has me in a Circle.

Curiously, it does not work properly unless I use the full display name.  E.g., when I search for "Carmen" this way, the results default to "Best of," but I need a chronological and moreover complete list, so I toggle to "Most Recent," and then the whole list disappears.  But if I use "Carmen G," it works fine.
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Margarita Matos

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Hi. I joined this community because I just started a new community for Google Play Books. I've never done this before and thought to join a place where people talk about the mechanics of building G+ communities. I look forward to "digitally" meeting you all. 
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Adam Tucker

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After using it for a week, I have found Google+ Communities to be easy and intuitive in most things, and my classmates have already started contributing content to the page. 
However, I was also very surprised at some key tools lacking from the communities. Most of them came from my expectation that Google's other apps like the calendar or Google drive would be more fully integrated. Also the ability for a Moderator to manage the layout of the page seems  a bit lacking.

The main thing I can't figure out is a Community Calendar (A weekly or monthly Calendar with due dates and deadlines) I tried making a Google calendar, but couldn't find a way to share it except by typing in each users email into a box one by one. The events options  just don't cut it. 
Any suggestions?
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I give out the iCal address and instructions for each student to add the class calendar to their account.  It's cumbersome for them, but it works.
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Josh Levitt

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Hello everybody. I joined this community I as would like to gain further knowledge on best practices on how to moderate my community. I am interesting in enhancing engagement. Can anyone give me some advice?  I currently have 76 members and there only seems to be two people posting articles. The community is based on customer service. Thanks for your help.
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Thanks +Larry Beekman I will try that, the personal touch seems to be affective.
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New tool to be released for community owners.

Thanks +martin shervington

 
Programmable notifications system for Google+ communities, and beyond! (VIDEO is about 4 mins)
Imagine a way to tailor messages on Google+ 'to the right people, at the right time...'

Well, this is exactly what we have created!

The quick video will show you a demo of a programmable desktop notification, and 'badging system' to follow soon  - meaning you can e.g. attribute different 'levels of competence' to people in a community, and deliver unique content to specifically them.

It is about you, and your community.
But here is the thing: you will be able to decide how you and your community want to use it (within reason, of course)!
You will decide on the images, the call to action, and where people will 'land' next, as well as 'when' they see it.
It may be a featured article, a 'member of the week', a link to a quiz/test on knowledge, directing people to a YouTube video of the day, a free course at the right level for that person, special 'bonus content', pretty much anything.

Sound good?! We hope so.

As you can see from the video, we have an AWESOME working prototype, but need your help over the coming months...

Request:
Would you like your 'Google+ community'  to be considered for Beta testing? (you'll need to be the owner/moderator)
If so, please let us know now by filling in the  in the Google form below:
http://martinsherv.com/1x
You can also leave feedback on the concept and request additional features.

Timescales:
We are not going to rush a release, so please be patient. Most probably middle of summer 2014.
We want to get it working 100% right for my own communities first and will make sure it is super awesome for you all.

Background and thanks.
Myself and +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh have been working on this for about 9 months now. And I'd like to say a big thank you for all his hard work.
Thank to +Linda Dee and +George Sepich for being the midwives at many of the births of Plusto's characters Don't know Plusto? He is the little robot fella.
Thank you once more to +David Stickney for all his help on the videos.
And thanks to earlier testers; things have really moved on now!
Btw, we called it commoogle as we believe in the power of the Google+ community. Now we have a system that may well help us take things even further...

Thank for your interest and we look forward to hearing what you think!
Are you commoogling? (almost!)

#commoogle   #chromeextensions   #plusto  
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+Hakan Gül the questionable part is that I would understand. Seemed fairly obvious. It turns out that I did.


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Jason Telford

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I was just wondering, if you pin a post in a community, does it remain at the top of the post list because this feature would be good for posting announcements or making a sticky post to remind community members to read the rules and giving the link for the google drive folder that the rules are stored in. 
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+Jason Telford thanks but I`m not wasting another ounce of my precious energy
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Drew Wallner

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I'm the owner of a public community and I try to be as "hands off" as possible with moderation as the members tend to be pretty cool and on topic. I've never had an issue with a spammy user that I couldn't solve in less than a day's time with some polite e-mails...until now.

Someone who seems to have set their phone/camera to just post everything they shoot to the community isn't bothering to answer me. The community spam filter is FULL of their stuff every single day. Is there anything I can do short of banning them?

Can you just "turn off" a member's ability to post without kicking them out, or do you have to kick them out to block their posting ability?
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Ban. Report. Block. 
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Jason Telford

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Should you ever let links onto your community?

I am in two minds about this. One part of me says yes, links are good when they are on topic and used to help illustrate a discussion with valid fact. The other half of me though wants to just ban links all together because they are seldom used to either illustrate a discussion or to further it.

Instead I have noticed links are used in in one of three ways

1: link litter that clutters up the community with useless junk
2: as a second rate form of posting - basically people post links to on topic subjects but then don't put anything on the body of the post. This adds to the link litter
3: incorrectly used links. Where people think they are are providing fact based evidence in support of their claim but the links turn out to be nothing more than references to other online blogs and unsubstantiated hearsay

I even banned a member of one community for outright plagiarism. The member had used a short Google link to an article that they claimed they wrote and had I not have known the actual author of the article they might have getting away with it.

What's your thoughts on the matter? Should you let community members post links?

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Candace Jacallen's profile photoJason Telford's profile photo
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All good points of view and it has given me something to consider while reviewing the community rules
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