I agree that visibility is an issue the way Discourse has de-emphasized groups in their base UI. I could easily add a "Groups" main navigation link in our header to draw attention to it.
Or, if it became important enough, I could make joining/viewing a group one of our three CTAs above the folder on our home page.
I think of each group as a category itself. For example, there could be a graphic design group who wants to talk about main topics like 3D animation or tools of the trade like Adobe Photoshop.
Any main topic within a group could be a group specific category, but the maintenance of potentially hundreds of group specific categories is enough to have me rule out the idea unless I have some major blind spot someone wants to point out.
Intriguing. With a community of multipotentialites, it's almost impossible for a member to pick a primary one of anything.
You bet it helps @tophee! I read the thread and using groups to give members access to specific categories, as a quasi-support ticket workflow, or award specific badges doesn't appeal/apply to what I have in mind. The group messaging function is important, though.
Is this done at the individual group level or via a Discourse admin global option?
After some more research and absorbing what you and Hawk said, I'm not too impressed with Discourse Groups for our specific use case. I think a small pilot of 2-3 groups is in order after I can work out more of the process to join, create, and administer each group.
I'll definitely save the WordPress integration for later (or never).