Not too long ago, we laid the groundwork for our member categories feature by streamlining the management of your existing and prospective members. Now, we're almost ready to roll Member Categories out, and we wanted to give you a preview of the feature and get your feedback on its functionality and a few improvements that we've added along the way.
Create up to 50 categories and assign members to them. All of your members will begin in the default category, called Members. You can create and edit new categories via the Member Categories tab in the Member Management section. A couple of important limitations to note up front: the default category can't be edited, and members can only belong to one category at a time.
When you create a category, you have an option to create a listing page exclusively for the members in that category, and you can create listing pages for up to 5 10categories. When you do this, a new submenu item for the category will appear in the submenu items for Member pages. You can choose the text for the submenu listing, so that you can pluralize or customize it. This is a great way to highlight specific members on the network.
Image and Text Badges
Each category that you create can also have an optional image or text badge that gets added as an overlay on a member's profile picture. Whether you create badges of honor or badges of shame, this is an excellent way to identify admins, reward special members, or just make it easy for visitors to identify different types of members. Text badges are based on the category name, and can be placed at the top or bottom of the profile picture. You can set the text color, background color, and the background opacity for each badge.
Images badges can be positioned in one of the four quadrants of a member's profile picture. We've included 22 badges to get you started, and you can upload and manage up to 50 of your own custom badges.
Text and Image badges will appear in most places in your network, but not everywhere. Right now they won't appear in Chat and in a couple of other places, like the profile images on sign in and sign up pages.
Designers and Network Creators who are comfortable with CSS will be pleased to know that each created category is associated with a CSS class that we're adding to the #xg_themebody div in profile pages. This means you can create CSS styles that will be applied to the profile pages of members in a category. This will let you do things like adjust the background or color scheme of every member of your network who's in a specific category.
Once you've assigned your members to categories, you can use new functionality in the Broadcast Message feature to send a broadcast message to just those members. Choose any category you've created and proceed from there. The current broadcast message includes a subheader with the words "A Message to all members of Network Name". Now that you can target individual categories for messages, that text is no longer accurate, so we'll be removing it with this release. If you like that message and want to retain it, you can add it in manually like this:
<h3>A Message to all members of Network Name</h3>
We're currently targeting Thursday for this release. We'll update this post if that changes. We're excited to see how NCs will use Member Categories, and we'd love your feedback. There are a few enhancements we may add to member categories like the ability to connect a Paid Access subscriber list with a category. There are also a few longer term things you've already told us you want, like category-specific feature permissions (e.g., Blog-only members). Let us know in the comments how you plan to use Member Categories, and once it's gone live, let us know how we can make it more useful for you.
im not 100% sure but i believe what you can do is limmited to this
1 yoyr moderators can have a badge attached to the profile image in text or image foem
it looks like a lil ip]=con you can choose that fits uin any corner of the profile image
and 2 set colors and design of the members list pages
i think you can also set like default colors of profile pages?
or backgrounds but those can be overriden by the memberswhen customizing pages
i believe thats it
but the icons on profile images should do the same as bolding the names
it identifies then as that category (but does it show in chat? im not sure most profile icons show on every profile pic by]ut i think chat was left out..dont quote me on thart thouf[gh i havent checked too thr]ouroughly yet)
it's not funny really. in the last roadmap Ning said they were going to go down the route of beta groups to get features ironed out. not happened here and so we're lumbered with odd looking sites for a day or two. seems silly to me
Going thru my daily routine of removing spammers, I noticed that "Suspend For Spam" function wasn't working. I had to use "Delete Member" to remove these members from my network. Is this related to this role out, or should I open a ticket?
hmm i never have spammers really so i cant tell ya without creating a spam test profile let me do that now
ok you are correct it does not wotrk frokm members profikes however \that takes you to the members list when it failed there you find it and i[use the de-[ropdown to suspend and it works as it should
but the link on profiles does not
u still can reinstate and suspend for spam to make siure they cant rejoin but you have to do itthast way for now
Ya, I usually have to check the profile to confirm if the member is a spammer or not. It's one of the major issues I have with the sign up form. With little to no validation, people can put "." as an answer. If course I have multi-spam protection tools in place, but tough to beat humans (without validation).
Haven't seen a response on this. So I may open a ticket if it's not fixed by tomorrow.
Thanks for confirming.
my donation paywall blocks 99.99% of spam plus i have a are yiou a spammer yes no yes anbd dumb enough to admit it spambots always pick 1st or last responde (but non english ppl or ppl who think its funny still pick yes anddumb enough to admiy=t it) plus i have whats 6+2 and i hafe like 1 spammer every 4 months now
but i welcome every member as well welcoming them i get to see if they are spammers fast and i get to talk to the ones who need help or guidence
plus they sure do appreciate the personal welcomes
Glad I haven't enacted this feature yet. I will wait till all the kinks are out.
I was the same way, have not even looked at it yet, and l got the mess everyone is having.
don't worry, you won't have to, it'll just mess your pages up without you doing a thing :-)
ok now i got a serius issue i think
i had an external css file
in the root
\i just e\went to edit it and...irs not there!
all the css i added to it the past few days is gone
the files gone
and i dont know what code was in it!