Let people form Groups within Groups

Case number:845818-992728
Topic:Game: Social
Opened by:jeff101
Status:Open
Type:Suggestion
Opened on:Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 02:42
Last modified:Monday, December 3, 2012 - 06:12

I don't know if this has been suggested before (I did look around for it), but it might be useful to let people form Groups within Groups. This way if a school teacher has several classes playing Foldit, the teacher can make one big Group for all of her classes, and then one Sub-Group for each different section or semester. Another application of this could be for families. A family could make their own little Foldit Group and then decide to add it as a Sub-Group to one of the larger already-established Foldit Groups. Having the ability to form Sub-Groups might also help the largest Groups preserve a small-team atmosphere without having to break apart. Haven't some of you argued that having smaller Groups encourages more diversity in Foldit structure solutions and methods?

In any case, you could have a window within the Foldit GUI allowing Chat for just the Sub-Group, you could have Recipes and Structures shared only with members of the Sub-Group, etc. Also, Shared Recipes and Structures from a Group would be inherited by all members of that Group's Sub-Groups. Then, in the teacher example, the teacher could have certain Recipes and structures shared with all of her classes, and the students in each section or semester could adapt them and share them as they see fit, sometimes only sharing within their Sub-Group, and sometimes sharing with all of the teacher's other classes.

Not sure how deep you'd want the Sub-Group nesting to go, but I think adding at least one layer would be helpful.

Thanks for reading!

(Wed, 05/23/2012 - 02:42  |  14 comments)


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Joint the inner circle of inner circle to get best recipes... :D
+1, it can be useful sometimes, but implementation can be pain.

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Like in google plus.

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It might also help Groups with both kids and outspoken grown-ups sub-divide so that Sub-Group Chat for the kids can be G-rated while Sub-Group Chat for the grown-ups can be as grown-up as desired.

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Cliques are the death of communities.

Teams facilitate competition but even then I see people (who are in this very thread) asking for more sharing between teams. I think if you are nesting groups, you have at least 1 group too many. The supergroup is just a smaller global.

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Well, I'm not sure if I would use it, but as said before, I can imagine, that it could be useful for school classes, too.

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http://www.pbs.org/wnet/civilization-west-and-rest/watch/ is an interesting video comparing medieval Europe and China. It talks a lot about small groups vs. large groups, and local control vs. central control.

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I have a team for everyone I know, but I also want to make a team at school. This is where it would be helpful. Still under my team, but organized for school users.

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Although I have been an advocate of providing an "adults-only" chat room, I don't see the added value of forming "subgroups", especially when comparing it to the costs of implementation.

A teacher wants to allow several classes to play FoldIt, yet remain separate? Create a team for each class, and create separate user IDs to serve as manager for each team.

Let's give the game dev's something to do that benefits everyone, not a small minority.

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agree completely boots -

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What about catering to color-blind users?

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Doesn't the site strive for inclusion?

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jeff101 as you don't seem to have played a puzzle since puzzle #500 many of us will choose to ignore you from now on.

closing

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I've played many puzzles since #500 now, so I think the reason this case was originally closed no longer applies.

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I'd imagine a Sub-Group Chat window would get used more often than the Puzzle Chat window does.

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