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Managing Your Google Groups
Regular Google Groups vs Official Oregon State Google Groups
There are two different ways you can create a Google group. You can request an official Oregon State Google Group or you can create a regular Google Group. An official Oregon State Google Group will have firstname.lastname@example.org and regular Google Groups will have a email@example.com. You can set your own Google Group up using the directions found here. To create an official Oregon State Google Group, you need to request one using the request form.
Configuring Google Groups
When configuring your Google Group, you have 4 different groups types you can select. The different groups are:
An Email list group is one whereby members only use Email to communicate. This group type is common in organizations where a single email alias is desired to communicate to a certain group of people using email.
An Web forum group is one whereby members only use the Google Groups user interface to communicate with other members. This group type is similar to the online web forums found on many web sites.
A Question and Answer (Q&A) forum group is one whereby members use the Google Groups user interface to primarily answer the questions of other members. This group type is similar to the online help forum.
A collaborative inbox allows members of a group to manage the workflow state of topics within the group. These groups have specific features and permissions set. If you choose to not use these features, they will need to be disabled individually.
Set basic permissions
The Basic permissions section contains the most fundamental permissions for a group. These permissions are presented when creating a group or by clicking on the Manage button within the Topics screen, expanding the Permissions section on the left-hand side, and clicking on Basic Permissions. Refer to Understanding permissions for information on permissions in Google Groups. Basic permissions follow:
Click on this menu if you want to change who can read group posts. By default, Anyone (members and non-members) can view a group’s content.
Click on this menu if you want to change who can post messages to the group. By default all members of a group can post to the group.
A private group is a group where "All members of the group" is selected from the first menu in this section, "Only invited users" is selected from the second menu in this section, and "All members of the group" is selected from the third menu in this section.
A public group is a group where anyone can contribute to group topics and posts but only members can create new topics and post. Public groups are also open for anyone to join.
Join the group
Click on this menu if you want to change how people join the group. By default, Anyone can ask to join a group, requiring a user with administrative permissions to approve each new member.
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