Hi, currently in the group settings, these are the options:
I would like to recommend that another option be added: “Only Group Owners”.
There are many potential use cases for this.
In our community, we have some staff-led groups for VIPs. We do not want our VIPs to message or mention the entire group. But we do want our staff to be able to do so. Our staff want the confidence that Discourse can perform as well as email in terms of ensuring that a message goes out to all the VIPs. At the same time, we don’t know that our VIPs will have the self-restraint to not use this feature.
The other benefit? If only group owners can mention or message a group, then this creates more accountability and control over the function. In that case, it would be acceptable to remove the restriction on how many people can be @mentioned or messaged by a group owner. The default should be that they can @mention or message everyone in their group. This allows a Discourse site owner to spread ownership of the community out to many other group leaders. These group owners don’t need to be moderators or site admins, they just need the ability to run their specific group well.