Group moderation is performed by volunteers who follow these guidelines. They work the list periodically. It can take between a day and weeks to approve a group depending on how closely it fits these guidelines (groups that follow the guidelines closely tend to get approved within a week). See the Moderation Guidelines for New Group for more information.
- Focus: The focus of your group should be Drupal. We don't host groups that discuss politics, fundraising, and other topics not directly related to Drupal. Of course, Drupal is often the best tool for developing other discussion groups, but that's beside the point. Here we discuss Drupal, exclusively.
- Categories: Your proposed new group should fall into one of these four categories:
- a geographical user group for users in a specific city, state, or region
- a working group coordinating on a feature, module, theme, or other Drupal project
- a group developing a specific distribution (installation profile) of Drupal
- a group established to organize a specific Drupal event, such as the organizing group for a DrupalCon
- Similar groups: If the group you are proposing has a similar or overlapping focus of an existing group, you must clarify the difference between your group and the existing group(s) on your group's homepage.
- Open and closed groups: Almost all groups should be open. Use other choices only when there is a good reason for doing so.
- Purpose: Groups should have a long purpose - "Drupal 4.6 on Windows" is not as useful as "Drupal on Windows" or even better just "Windows"
When you complete the form to propose a new group:
- Distinct name: Give your group a name that is not only descriptive but also brief and humble. Avoid using the word "Drupal" in the group name. For example: San Francisco is better than San Francisco League of Drupal Fans; Installation is better than Installation Group.
- English name and description: Enter the group name and description in English. Be sure the description is meaningful.
- Non-English groups: In all other fields, you may use your native language.
- Welcome message: Provide a welcome message in the "mission statement". This message will be seen by anyone who comes to your new group's page.
- Patience: Be patient: the queue of new groups is moderated by volunteers. If your group doesn't fit these guidelines it can double or triple the time to get approved. The volunteer moderators may follow up with questions or requests for clarification, to ensure that groups with too much overlap or too-similar missions are not created. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.
Note about translations: If you are working on a translation you should use the groups on localize.drupal.org; you should not create a group here, unless you only need a regional/language group here to announce events.