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This is the options I get:
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I currently see Two Owners and no Moderators.  +Debi Stangeland being the other owner.  If you are Debi - you should be able as Debi to remove The BLOG Training Center from the Community - which I take it is the goal.  It's not clear to me why you don't have an option to demote the Page from Owner to Moderator though.
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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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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's profile photoSarah Sever's profile photo
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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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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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Michael Mahemoff's profile photoAndrew Davis's profile photo
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Oh well, thankfully the owner's opened up the community again :D
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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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Elspie Hellermann

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I have a private community that can only be joined by invitation. When I try to send an invitation to someone's G+,  the other person is not receiving the invite. We are both in each other's circles. Also, if I try to send them the link  to the community, they get a message that this is a private community and they need an invitation to join. Any ideas on a workaround to be able to add new folks to my private community? Thanks!
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John R. Ellis's profile photoYash Trivedi's profile photo
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And make sure you are inviting through your computer.... I think u can debug there more for Ur community then on mobile :)
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Melinda Warner

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Is there any way for a moderator to block comments on a post in a community or can only the OP do so? I help moderate a social justice community and, occasionally, it would be helpful if we were able to cut off unproductive arguments.
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Rich Koning's profile photoJohn R. Ellis's profile photo
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Another option is to have the OP disable comments.  Even as an owner or mod, you can't do that to posts other than your own.  But once the OP disables comments, you could go in and remove comments without fear of additional comments.  Short of this, you could just remove the entire thread from the community.
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Hi I'm the owner of the community calls Motivation and Inspiration Daily, when I first started my community I set it up as a Private, I want to go Public how I change it back
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shrij shri's profile photoJohn R. Ellis's profile photoPablo E. Ramos's profile photo
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+Pablo E. Ramos If your private Community has more than 500 members, you can't change the name.
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Ariadne Natal

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Hello,

I have a small private community that I use as a sort of intranet to exchange information between coworkers. It turns out that recently, the last guests to the community can enter the page and see the other members, but can not view posts and events. For new members, what appears is a blank community without any content, even though we have a timeline of shared posts that can be viewed by the older members. Can you help me figure out what's going on?
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+Yash Trivedi Can you send me screenshots?
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Hi:

Here on G+ I have 1 personal profile and 2 pages. I am transitioning to only 1 page.

I recently started a public group using a PAGE. However, unlike my other public communities, this one will not let me leave or make my personal profile the owner.

Does anyone know why this is? It seems to work just fine with my other groups that I started as a PAGE. But not this one. 

Any help would be appreciated.
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John R. Ellis's profile photoPeter van Rens's profile photo
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I, for one, can attest that +John R. Ellis does appear to be confused, now and again. 
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Julie Pierce

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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's profile photoSarah Sever's profile photo
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Changing to "request to join" may be all you need to do (via Edit the Community tab inside the gear symbol) - if you just want to review their personal profile first.  It's more complicated to use that to direct them to a form they have to fill out that you review before approving them, but it can be done.
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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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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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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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Sarah Sever's profile photoYash Trivedi's profile photo
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Ban. Report. Block. 
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Gabriel Devienne

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I know this may sound stupid but is it possible to become a moderator without an owner/moderator authorising you?

Because I am part of a community called "Auto Enthusiasts" and there is a lot of spam and the moderators never visit the community anymore.

Please help all replies are appreciated :-)
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Stb Hernández's profile photoYash Trivedi's profile photo
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+Gabriel Devienne contact the owner or the moderators. Go to the member list and visit the Moderator(s) department. From there you'd see if they are active posting in their personal profile, from which you can tip your issue at hand with the community being not moderated.

You can create your own community about the same topic, but do not expect the same engagement for some time, if ever; so try to contact the moderators and tell them your wills in helping out, to preserve the integrity of that community, instead of creating yet another car community on Google+ people won't be likely to join if there are more active communities about the same thing.

And, yes. Spammers and advertisers are going wreck-on communities lately. 
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Mike Noyes

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Can anyone verify this?

Apparently someone can tag you in a comment, and prevent you from receiving a notification. It may be possible in a post also, but I haven't seen that yet.
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Nick H
 
Google has an enormous amount of Asynchronous traffic happening.  I've noticed my little .XMLHttpRequest from my web server over mobile have delay's.  I assumed that was my overloaded Android?  You know?.. WiFi, Tethering, Bluetooth, Cellular, FTP server, Podcasts all running at the time :)  But once the .XMLHttpRequest session is terminated the phone "Wakes up" and starts processing as normal.  I would suggest that Google's copious quantities of real time processing and the processing shortcomings of mobile OS's  would be the first thing to investigate.

I'd also speculate that Google are involved in a new WebSQL database infrastructure (MEGA, Gigantor, Stupid Petabites, Godzilla data) :) That's the technical term BTW! :).  It's possible they're playing with that?

I'm warning you though. Ego potest loqui de clacker  That's latin for I could be talking out of my clacker  :)
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avyansh katiyar

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how 2 unban a person from a community if u r a mod
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It's very easy to learning more about
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Marla Parker

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Is GPC supposed to replace forums for tech discussions or should we create a traditional forum to serve that purpose?

Irony: search does not work as expected inside a GPC.  The Search community box on the left does not, for example, find all of my comments if I search my name.  Nor comments that mention me to ask me a question.  Am I really supposed to rely on email to make sure I'm not missing a question? 

Our tech people are having trouble finding posts and technical data about shared designs.  They need a traditional forum.   Is better search or other features that would facilitate technical discussions coming soon?  Is GPC really going to replace Groups?  What should we do to support the technical discussions in the meantime?  We don't want them to fork off in frustration.
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Thanks +Evo Terra  and +John Skeats.  The community is working great for... the community part of the movement, but it falls short for the most technical subcommunity discussions.  I will propose a google group for them, associated with our community.
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