HelpThing was written by members like you, with some help from LibraryThing staff.
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The first rule of HelpThing is "be bold!" If you can add or edit it, go ahead. We also have a HelpThing Style Guide.
Before creating a new group, it is often useful to see if there are already other groups which fit the topic you are interested in. You can search for groups by clicking the 'Group' tab above and using the search box on the right, or by browsing the group tags on the same page.
 Creating a Group
From the groups tab, choose 'start a group' in the upper right corner. You will then be presented with a form that will get your group started.
Group Name: Choose a descriptive name that makes it clear what your group is all about.
Description: The group description will show at the top of the group page, and the first 135 characters are displayed on other pages, such as search results. It's a good idea to have the first few sentences be descriptive. Many groups also include rules, guidelines, or further information in their description.
Website: If there's a website related to your group, put it here.
Picture: You can upload a picture or grab one from another URL. The picture will appear on the group's homepage.
Local?: LibraryThing lets people find groups by location, both on the groups tab and in LibraryThing Local. A local group is a group which is specific to a location, i.e. 'Boston Readers,' 'Indiana University Book Club,' 'Canadians,' etc. If your group is location-specific, choose 'local group' and then type in the most accurate location. For example, the above might be: Boston, MA; Bloomington, IN; Canada.
Who can view this group? Your group and its contents can be visible to anyone on LibraryThing (and indeed, the internet), or only to members of the group.
Who can join this group? You can make your group public by choosing 'anyone'. If you choose 'special people,' your group will not show up in most group searches, and only those who are invited may join your group. This is a good option for groups intended for a specific group of people, such as classes.
Who can invite members? If you choose 'special people' in the previous question, you'll have the option to decide whether you, the group creator, must invite members, or whether anyone else who belongs to the group may invite additional members.
Include a group discussion forum? Most groups include a discussion forum, which is how Talk functions. However, there are other reasons someone may choose to create a group, including the ability to search a group's library, so there may be groups which do not use a discussion forum.
Who can post to the forum? Choose whether any LibraryThing member can post to the group, or only those who are also members of the group.
Group language(s): Groups can have up to two languages, which should reflect the language(s) in which group discussion take place. Members can search for groups by languages, so if your group is bilingual, it's helpful to say so!
Verify: Prove that you're not a spambot!
Congratulations, you've created your group!
 Editing Groups
Groups may only be edited by the group's creator, or by LibraryThing staff. In the event that an active, long-standing group is owned by a member who is no longer active, contact LibraryThing staff.