Types of groups

Types of groups

A group's type determines who can join, see content, participate, and invite new members.

Unlike spaces, which use permissions to determine access, social groups rely primarily on membership to determine access. Because groups do not exist inside spaces, they do not inherit any space permissions. Note that group owners and community managers can change the settings for a group after it is created.

Use the following tables to help you understand the different types of groups that can be created in the community. Most communities use the group scheme in the first table: if your community has enabled Group Membership Evolution, you'll see Public and Private as the main group types and should use the second table.

If you have Members Only and Secret Groups

  Secret Private Members Only Open
What is visible to non-members? None Group name only All All (no membership)
Who can see content? Member Member Anyone Anyone
Who can participate? Member Member Anyone can interact with content and create discussions and questions. Only members can create other content types Anyone
Who can invite new members? Member or administrator Member or administrator Member or administrator Anyone
Who can approve new members? Administrator Administrator No membership No membership

If you have Public and Private (Unlisted) Groups

  Private Unlisted Private Public Restricted Public
What is visible to non-members? None Group name only All All (no membership)
Who can see content? Member Member Anyone Anyone
Who can participate? Member Member Anyone can interact with content and create discussions and questions. Only members can create other content types Anyone
Who can invite new members? Member or administrator Member or administrator Member or administrator Anyone
Who can approve new members? Administrator Administrator No membership No membership