Groups are a very important part of the Polyvore community. They're a great way to explore cool themes, meet people who share the same interests as you, and find fun contests. Whether you're Gossip Girl-obsessed, fascinated by paper dolls, or want to attempt the 50 Muse Challenge, there's a group for you!
As part of our effort to improve groups, we spent some time analyzing what makes groups successful. What we learned is that the most successful groups are the ones that stay active, are well-moderated and have a specific focus. So to help promote groups that do a good job of this, we're making three key changes to groups:
1. Invitation Only/By Application Groups
To help encourage active groups, we've added a new option that allows group moderators to make their groups invite-only, by application, or open to all. We added invite-only and by application because we noticed that some groups were using auditions & tryouts to screen for members who would stay active and engaged.
2. Moderating/Creating Groups
Another thing we noticed is that people who are very active on Polyvore tend to be the best moderators. So another change we've made that you must have at least 30 people following you as a contact in order to create or moderate groups.
3. Cleanup of Old, Inactive Groups
The last change we're making is to clean up the old, inactive groups on Polyvore. Last week we began notifying moderators of groups that have had no activity in the last 30 days that their groups would be deactivated. The most common piece of feedback was "Thank you, I had been wanting to get rid of that group but couldn't figure out how!" However, some of you thought that 30 days of inactivity was too short of a time period since moderators may go on vacation or have seasonal groups. So going forward, only groups that have had no activity in the last 2 months will be deactivated. If you receive a notification and you want your group to remain active, all you have to do is submit a set or create a contest in your group.
We hope these changes will make it easier for you to moderate your groups as well find interesting groups for you to join! As always, feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts or suggestions.