Frequently Asked Questions

Insider Information: Groups

June 25, 2013 in Frequently Asked Questions, Hieroglyph

What is the deal with groups?

Maybe you are losing sleep wondering about the difference between Hieroglyph groups and forums, and why you would want a group in the first place. Or maybe your next door neighbor is just really into Halo and plays all night with the surround sound blasting. We can’t do anything about neighbors, but we can go over groups in a little more detail.

Groups are a gathering space for ideas that have evolved beyond the forum thread level of interaction. Members of a group can write posts, have focused discussions and generate content about a specific idea or topic—and can choose to make their groups hidden or private if they wish. If you and one or more other Hieroglyph participants feel like it’s time to assemble a team to make big things happen, groups are a great way to do that.

Groups come in three flavors: Image of group members sending messages amongst themselves
Hidden for ninja-level discreet discussions with invited members
Private for invitation-only participation in a publicly viewable forum
Public for a free-for-all hootenanny that anyone can join

Once a group is established, members are able to message all other members collectively, making collaboration that much easier. Every group includes a wall featuring status updates, a dedicated, threaded forum for group discussions and the ability to create documents together and work on them collaboratively. Documents can be stories, research papers, poems or any other kind of writing that your team is working on.

If you’re ready for a group to call your own, email your friendly neighborhood admin Nina at to set one up today!

Lauren Pedersen was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona to a writer and a helicopter pilot. She is currently pursuing her two passions of art and design at Arizona State University, where she continues to work towards a bachelor's degree in Design Studies with a focus in Design History, and a minor in Art History.