That is the title, not group membership. It only works if you are dealing with a single group and force title, which I kind of am, but for some reason some users did not get the title (and there is no “reset” action)
We already have this problem on meta … some with our customers that have the customer title, but we would like to see the actual customer group name on the card.
This is very common for small groups management and people moving from a mailing list world, we already have the site setting for: default categories watching which can not be used for this cause they are secure categories.
We also have Default notification level for group messages which is not usable on categories.
We already have 2 ways to force people into watching we ship, and both do not fit this need.
I guess an alternative here is Welcome to the amazing group automatic PM or notification we could send to every member that becomes a member of the group (optional), which teaches them about the group and how to click the “circle” so they can watch the group categories if they want to. I am not against this, I think it could help.
The problem is teaching this at scale. The default of watching is a better default for certain configurations of people.
Adding some weight here as it is something that has come up a few times with potential customers lately. They would like to create ‘curated feeds’ based on group membership so that by default, a member of the ‘Healthcare’ group will have categories that don’t relate to healthcare muted by default (with the ability to override that if they want to).
At the moment this level of curation has to be done by an individual, which many see as too difficult.
Forcing people to do things when you’re paying them to do it isn’t particularly tricky, the answer is usually to make it as easy as possible.
I’m aware of a number of sites who have used a fork of discourse-watch-category-mcneel and numerous others who are falling over themselves for mandatory category subscriptions.
There are lots of professional settings where mandatory circulation is a requirement. Up until now that was achieved by distribution lists, but with the goal of getting ‘out of the inbox’ the ability to tie group membership to watched categories becomes vital.
In any regulated field, staff need to be kept informed. The responsibility for disseminating that information falls on a few hands within the organisation. Relying on individuals to manually take the extra step to watch a category isn’t an acceptable risk to them - they’re the kinds of situation where noncompliance will impact the organisation, rather than the individual. The problem becomes compounded when someone moves laterally, they’re going to need to change groups and receive a different subset of the organisation’s policy.