Introducing Private Group Threads - create private threads to meet your fellow classmates (similar to GroupMe)

Thanks to our wonderful Supporting Members we've been able to launch the new Private Group Threads feature. This allows you to create private threads that:
  • Only members you authorize can see. (not even staff - unless content is reported as spam or inappropriate)
  • You can turn on/off the ability to accept access requests to join your Private Group Thread (and manage those requests)
  • You can turn on/off the private threads title visibility so that the title (but not the content) shows up in the Private Group Threads forum so that potential classmates can find your Private Group Thread to request to join.
So for example you could make an "USC Accepted Applicants 2024" private thread so that you can meet the people who are about to be your classmates and share more information that the public can not see.

This is currently a feature for ALL members. You do not need to be a Supporting Member (although we'd certainly appreciate it as it helps the site and makes features like this possible). This feature is completely different than the old Supporting Member only Private Forum system for film programs which not many people use because it's a little clunky, there was no way to invite people, and was generally hard to use. This new feature is available to all members and is hopefully much more user friendly. Suggestions are always welcome.

The new Private Group Threads forum is in our Film School Forums. (you need to be logged in to see it)

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These features all work even better if you have Push Notifications on your phone and have installed the site as an "app":

How to install as an "app" on your phone and get instant notification of new posts (iOS & Android)

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Did you know you can install as a PWA web app on your phone? You'll get push notifications on new posts and much more. On iPhone or iPad it requires iOS 16.4 and the Add to Home Screen feature in Safari. On Android it is done easily as well via Chrome. It will allow you to...

To create a Private Group Thread​

  1. In the Private Group Threads forum click the "Post Thread" button.
  2. This will bring up the New Thread input form. Type up your thread and select the "Make this a private thread" option.

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  3. You can invite as many members as you want. (Don't worry if you forget people you can always add them later)
  4. Select if you want to have the private thread visible in the forum and if you want to accept join requests. These can also be changed later.
  5. The members you invited will receive a notification. Here the user "this is a test user" received a notification to join a private group I created.

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  6. That member and any other member you invite can instantly see the thread and the content.
  7. If you forgot to add anyone, simply add them using the "Add/remove members from thread" menu option in the three dot pulldown. You can also turn on/off access requests and hide it in the Private Group Thread forum.

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  8. If you have access requests turned on and someone requests access you will get this alert.

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  9. You can then approve or deny them using the Access Requests button and you will see this popup.

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    If you approve they will instantly be granted access to the private thread. If you reject, then they will not be allowed access.

  10. If you click on the Access Requests button you will see a list of all requests and your responses. You can also approve or reject users you've approved or rejected in the past.

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To join a Private Group Thread​

If there is already a Private Group Thread created that you would like to join you can simply request access. Here is an example Private Group Thread that I created that is visible in the lists and is accepting join requests.

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  1. If I click on the example 2024 thread and I am not an already invited member I get this screen:

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  2. If you click request access this input pops up where you will need to write up a reason why you'd like to join.

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  3. The Private Group Thread starter will get an alert and you will see this if you try to access the page:

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  4. Once you are accepted you will get this alert and gain access.

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  5. Or your request will be denied and you'll get this alert.

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    And you will not be able to see the thread.

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    Multiple requests to join are not possible although you can always message the user to see if there was a mistake.
If you have any questions please let us know!
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