Why the hesitation to empower groups? Is it technical or philosophical? In my year on the creators network I have participated in and observed many comments about empowering groups to create events and post photos. Yet, for some reason it never it makes it to the product improvement map. I am especially passionate about events for groups. My network is national but my groups are local. Events listed on the main network which is national is overwhelming to someone interested in just events near them. Events listed in groups would also send out a notification to that group, which would be a great way to empower groups to advocate for attendance. I have been advised of many work arounds like linking to events on main network within the text box of the group. These work arounds typically fail because they require too many steps (click link, click search, scroll through all events from old to new). They also lack notification. Thanks for your consideration and/or support.
I'm 100% with Neil.
Why the hesitation to empower groups? I'll tell you my hypothesis. Money. Because some groups absolutely must be able to post their own photos and calendars. In our own case, it's forcing us to have six separate Nings, whereas if we could post photos and calendars on groups, we could combine all our Nings into one.
Why else would Ning ignore these continuous requests?
Wow, a third very legitimate reason- Financial. Did not think of that one. In our case we would have to purchase 52 networks, sorry Ning, not going to happen. However, I would consider a reasonable premium to have groups empowered and to be able to manage my groups under one hub.
I think your points are valid. This kind of enhancement could create a lot of relevant value to Ning users.
For my purposes, I plan on using the groups module to support an exclusive premium service membership for my business clients. I also intend to incorporate the calendar. Your idea would be a very clear value-add.
I will expand on it to suggest the groups calendars could be programmed with settings, so the events each group wants included in the main calendar could feed in- maybe also included in latest activity.
Maybe with Ning 3 and pricing based on number of members the Ning folks would finally do the obvious and empower groups - particularly around events. I have a site that is very international, but events are only interesting regionally. The combined single event list and calender are completely unusable.
Come on Ning, Power to the Groups in Ning 3!
Jen Social seems to think that we will be able to pull the event module into groups on NIng 3 once they release groups. I hope so!