Group Management FAQs
Group management of categories is an important aspect of Waymarking.com. It guards
against situations where a popular category might suddenly lose its manager, whether
through lack of interest or various other reasons, and provides a sense of security
to those who take the time to contribute to the category. The time and effort someone
put into creating a waymark would be wasted if a category were abandoned and everyone
would miss out on a great location.
Aside from the obvious logistical benefits, Group management also offers several
social perks as well. It allows like-minded individuals to rally around a shared
interest, and collectively experience the fun and sense of accomplishment that guiding
a category to greatness can bring. Group management encourages collaboration on
tough decisions, provides accountability, and creates a sense of togetherness that
benefits the community as a whole. To learn how to create a new category please
visit the Category Creation
How do I create a Group?
Click the My Groups link in the right column, and then click the Create a New Group
How many Groups can I join?
You are welcome to join as many Groups as you like in a supporting role, but Premium
Members are limited to leading ten Groups.
How do I invite new members?
After you have created your Group, click the Invite tab at the top of the page.
Here you can enter the username of the person you wish to invite, and send a short
message along with your invitation. They will receive an email containing a link
to your Group details page with an option to join your Group. If you have turned
on Open Enrollment, friends may also join your Group by simply visiting your Group
page and clicking the "join this group" button.
How do I turn on Open Enrollment?
To toggle between Open and Closed Enrollment simply click the Open Enrollment: OFF/ON
link at the top of your Group details page.
What are the different Group ranks?
There are 3 primary Group rankings, each with unique permissions relating to category
: This is the creator of the Group and the highest ranking
member. A Leader can invite, promote, and assign permissions to other Group members.
A Premium Membership is required to hold a Leadership position.
: An Officer is promoted by the Leader and assists in maintenance
of the Group’s category. She has the ability to participate in votes that affect
Group membership as well as new waymark review. A Premium Membership is required
to hold an Officer position.
: She will offers suggestions to the Leader and Officers
on Group and category issues, but has no management permissions. In the future we
plan to add more features specifically focused on Regular Members. Anyone can be
a Regular Member.
Promotions and Demotions
How do I promote a Member to Officer?
After a friend has joined your Group as a Regular Member, click on his or her username
and then click Promote This Member to upgrade their status to Officer. You may promote
as many Officers as you like.
How do I demote an Officer?
Once a Group member has been promoted to Officer status, you cannot demote him or
her without calling an Officer Vote. To call a vote, simply click on his or her
username on the Group details page and then click Demote This Member. Enter your
reasons for demoting the member in the provided textbox and submit your request.
An email notification of a pending vote will be sent to all other Officers providing
them an opportunity to vote on the issue. A 66% majority among your Group Officers
is required for the vote to pass.
Can my Group Officers vote to demote me, the Leader?
Yes, however every Officer in your Group must vote in the affirmative for the motion
to pass. The best way to avoid this situation is to invite and promote several Officers,
as it will be difficult to attain a 100% vote to demote you. All it takes is one
"nay" vote for the motion to fail. In the unfortunate event you are demoted, you
will not be removed from the Group entirely; rather, you will swap positions with
the next highest ranking Officer.
Can I quit my Group?
To quit your Group at any time, click your name in the Group members list, and then
click Quit This Group. If you are the Leader, first click Resign as Leader of This
Group. You will be prompted to name your successor from the Officer ranks.
Ranks and Permissions
As a Group Leader you have the ability to assign custom ranks and permissions to
your Group Officers. At a minimum, a Group Officer will be able to approve/deny
new waymark submissions to your category. In addition, Officers can be given permission
How do I change an Officer’s rank and permissions?
- Change the Group Logo
- Invite friends to join the Group
- Make changes to the category description
- Send Group emails to members
Click the Ranks tab at the top of your Group details page, and then click the Edit
button to make changes. Check the box for each permission you would like to assign
and submit your changes with the Update button. Next, return to your Group details
page and click the member’s username in the member list. Click Change this Member’s
Rank, enter some optional comments, and select the appropriate rank from the dropdown
list before submitting. An email notification will be sent to the member whose rank
you updated informing them of the change.