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Groups are not just places to store work but a social area for members to meet like minded people and to hold events and discussions among themselves.
A LOT of groups have just been closed due to administrator inactivity. We would like to make sure that all group admins understand what they are taking on when they look after a group. It is a responsibility some people are not prepared for.
GROUP ADMINS GUIDELINES
People should not open groups for just ANY type of art but, instead, all groups should have a theme. We already have an area for all art to be uploaded to, it is called FAA.
Groups are not meant for personal galleries. You have personal galleries and the Groups are for open membership by other members.
Make sure your requirements are clearly stated on the front of the group. If all members are submitting unsuitable work then look again at how you have worded things in your group rules. Don't chat on your homepage or people will leave not reading the rules. Keep them numbered and clear and concise
We have main forum rules http://fineartamerica.com/showmessages.php?messageid=260080 which your members must abide by also
Make sure you have time to administer new images at least once a fortnight.
Do not be afraid to REJECT work. Members will not mind, if you have clearly stated your criteria on the front page of your group.
Feature artwork by your members on the front page of the group. Members like to feel you care about them and, one way of doing this, is to make sure you feature a certain number of works weekly, fortnightly or even monthly. Keep the number of features small. Under 30 or people will have a problem opening your home page and will just leave
Run contests from the group. Allow your members to have contests between themselves. Suggestions for prizes can be anything from a feature on the front page of the group, to a feature on your blog here at FAA.
FAA does not approve of monetary requirements to enter a group or a contest. Groups and Contests that do this, or who demand registration on another site, may be closed.
As Group admins you have the right to remove a member from your group if they break your rules. You also have the right to remove artwork. However it is your responsibility to make sure members of your groups understand your rules so you must have these clearly marked on your front page.
Do not send emails to your members more than once a week and ALWAYS link to the group in the email.
These are the Guidelines we have at present for running groups. They may be added to as we get suggestions and I will update here
Thank you for being a responsible group administrator
Fill out the group description and a photo for the group. Choose how many images you will allow per member, per day. If you do not want to be swamped with photographs from one member on your page 1, keep this number manageable
Organise and stimulate group discussion by creating new topics about subjects the group wants to discuss. Find information that may interest and start show off your art threads.
Organise and stimulate group participation by creating new contests
Important Instructions for Administrators
People who use FAA expect safe filters to be used on all above 18 images. Do not feature work that is adult only on your front pages or use adult only images as the group avatar
We have discussion rules that you should make your members aware of http://fineartamerica.com/showmessages.php?messageid=260080 This will help you moderate your group knowing you have rules in place.
You may remove a member who is breaking your rules, at any time, by clicking on the members tab and finding them there. Delete the member from your group.
It is, as groups administrator, your role to make sure images in your group fit your groups criteria. You are within your rights to remove any which you feel do not portray what you want in your group.
If you wish to give up your group for adoption, or fostering whilst away, please contact Abbie Shores, Social Area Manager http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/isabella-shores.html
If giving your group for adoption or fostering, she will need your GROUP LINK and the members name who is taking over, if you know it. Otherwise we will place the group for fostering or adoption in the main and administrators forums to find a new admin there
If you wish to have the group deleted, please send the group link to Abbie Shores http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/isabella-shores.html
Need some help from some fellow moderators? Join the moderator's FAA group here: moderator's group http://fineartamerica.com/groups/group-and-contest-administrators.html