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invite new users to register and be placed directly in a usergroup?

Hi again. Another question.
Is there a way to send an invitation to an email list inviting people to register directly into a usergroup? I don't want usergroups to be open to anyone, but I also don't want to have to approve each individual user. Thanks.

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    hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    I would suggest modifying Bulk Invite to let you set a role for invites users.

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    Thanks. I just came across that, as well as Groups, Memberships, and RegistrationGroup plugins. I'm not sure I am capable of modifying plugins, but I'll see what I can do. Thanks again.

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    hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator
    edited January 2014

    There is also a plugin called invite roles that I forgot about. That might do what you want out of the box.

    EDIT: Just realize I never released Invite Roles here. Check it out at: https://github.com/hgtonight/Plugin-InviteRoles

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    Thanks. I'll take a look.

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    Hi @hgtonight. I installed inviteroles but am not sure how it works. I select a role where it says "Please select which roles should be added to users registering with an invite code." But then I'm not sure what to do. How do I actually send an invite and code that will place users in the selected role? I hope I'm not missing something obvious. Thanks.

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    hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    If you plan to invite a lot of people, I suggest using BulkInvite to send out the invitation emails and generate the invite codes. Otherwise, invites are generated front the profile, IIRC.

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    Yes, I was looking at bulk invite as well. What I would like to do is bulk invite groups of people into different roles. I guess it would be a combination of the two plugins. Can they work together?

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    hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    Bulk Invite and Invite Role were designed to be modular and also work together.

    If you want to support multiple roles, you would have to have some way to track which invite codes go to which role. I can imagine a good way of doing this, but I don't really need this feature.

    Do you think others (beside yourself) would find this useful?

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    Good question if others would also find it useful.

    What I really want is a way to organize users into groups. Since there is no group function, I decided to use Roles. My plan is to have a discussion forum for universities, where each university is a Role. I wanted to assign roles via a code and invite, so as to control who is in each role. As an alternative I may try RegistrationRole which will allow users to select a role. The downside is that people can lie about the university they are associated with.

    I would also like to be able to search (or filter, or sort) by role within discussion categories. Peregrine as given me some ideas, but it is not a regular function in Vanilla either.

    I suspect others would like to organize users in groups/roles and be able to manipulate them, but so far neither Vanilla nor other forum platforms have all the functions I am looking for. Right now I am leaning toward Vanilla.

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    hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    Both the Groups plugin and the Memberships plugin are designed to give other plugins access to this type of information.

    Since roles are additive, I would just use roles.

    I also remember reading about a groups feature on the hosted version.

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