Request for Input: Participation Permissions
In response to the feedback here, we've now added a tab to the group setup process called "permissions", which gives you options about participation in your group.
Coordinators can now determine whether group members can invite new members, create subgroups, start discussions, edit the context panel, edit their comments (even after activity has occurred), raise proposals, and vote on proposals.
We hope this offers a range of options to suit the various use cases you shared with us!
We recently updated group privacy settings, which is about who can see what. Then we released an update to options for editing content, which is about who can change what. Now we’d like to discuss participation permissions settings, which is about who can do what.
We’ve received requests for more fine-grained control over:
- who can start proposals
- who can start discussions
- who can state positions (vote on proposals)
- who can comment
There’s a lot of potential here to empower groups who want to use Loomio for consultation and engagement with levels of decision-making stakeholding that are right for their situation. The magic of the Loomio process lies in nudging groups toward more distribution of that stakeholding in decision-making. But sometimes the real power of collaboration is as much about great delegation as it is about inclusion. We want to go for the best of all worlds here and create a featureset to support that.
Right now, you can accomplish various combinations using subgroups and privacy settings. For example, you can have a subgroup including the decision-makers for a certain subject matter, and have their discussions visible to everyone in the main group. People not in the subgroup can see what’s happening, but they won’t be notified of new discussions and proposals, and they can’t comment without being given full membership. We think we can do better.
Here are some examples of permissions people might want:
- All group members can start discussions, but only certain people can start proposals
- All group members can start proposals, but only certain people can state their position (vote) on them
- All group members can make comments and state positions on proposals, but only certain people can start discussions and proposals
- comment-only mode, so people could have input but not start discussions or participate in proposals
So… lots of possibilities here, but also a fair amount of complexity.
If you're in a group that would benefit from more control over the participation permissions, tell us about it. What kind of decisions are you making? What kind of input are you seeking? Who are the decision-makers?