I’m in the process of consolidating forum boards in a community. The platform we use offers a few features, one of which is groups. The only difference between a forum board and a group is that in groups:
- You must specifically be join or
- Be specifically invited
- The posts are private to the public community (only group members see it).
I’m having a hard time thing of scenarios where I would want this and what types of subjects/topics/people would best suit group features. My fear is creating groups and them slowly dying off. Which is why we need to consolidate forum boards.
Assuming activity picks up and we have robust forums, what types of things are groups best suited for? Is it demographics? particular topics (or sub-topics)? Or should they be avoided because they require joining and are private?