Defining User Relationships

You can define relationships between people to make following them easier. The relationships you define are optionally visible in people's profiles. Using these relationships can help community users stay on top of what specific other people in the community are doing, including their changes to content, status messages, and so on.

Fastpath: Admin Console: People > Management > User Relationships
Fastpath: Admin Console: People > Management > Org Chart

Although they're simple to use, user relationships require a little thought to manage well.

On the Admin Console's User Relationship Management page, you can view existing relationships and create or retire (break) relationships. Here, a "relationship graph" is the kind of relationship you're creating or retiring.

Viewing and Breaking Relationships

The page lists existing relationships. You can browse and filter the list to locate the one you want to break.
  1. In the Admin Console, go to the User Relationship Management page or the Org Chart page.
  2. View the list of relationships at the bottom of the page. You can filter the list to display only the relationships that include a particular person. To do so, enter that person's username in the Filter by Username box, then click the Filter button.
  3. To break a relationship, locate the relationship you want to break, then click its Retire button.

Creating Relationships

  1. Navigate to Admin Console: People > Management > User Relationships to create a friend relationship or Admin Console: People > Management > Org Chart to create an org chart relationship.
  2. Enter the usernames of the people in the new relationship. If you can't remember the username, click User Picker to browse and search a list of users, selecting the check box next to the one you want.
  3. Click Add to create the relationship.
Note: If your community draws data about people from an external data source such as LDAP or Active Directory server, then organizational relationships might already be defined.