My engagement situation is probably a bit of a ‘social density’ nightmare. We already have a couple of dozen separate groups on a Buddypress site: [https://q.health.org.uk/get-involved/online-q-groups/]
We’re giving lots more offline groups an online space at the moment, so by the end of next week we’ll have around 40. The overall community is relatively new, and the groups mostly small (but growing).
I decided that the single 5am ‘Daily Digest’ notification that Buddypress offers is not the greatest way to encourage responsiveness and engagement in a group.
I tried changing the notifications to ‘All’ (a message whenever there’s a new post) with one small group and it clearly helped.
I think I’ll do it with all of them, unless a group lead doesn’t want to. None of the groups are getting so much activity every day that it would become irritating - and if I did get to that situation we could always change the group default. (And individuals who don’t like notifications can always change their own, even to ‘no e-mail’).
Does shifting the notifications to show all content as it happens (while the groups are still small-ish) seem sensible?