A new forum update is coming soon, and one of the features I'm hyped for are Clubs. Clubs are sub-communities where you can discuss various topics that you define.
From the IPS Community website:
Each club has three levels of user:
A leader has all of the permissions of a moderator, and can add other moderators. They can also add content areas (see below). The club owner is automatically a leader.
Moderators, as the name implies, have the ability to moderate content posted within the club. As the site administrator, you can define which moderator tools can be used. You could, for example, prevent any content being deleted from clubs, but allow it to be hidden. Moderators can also remove members from a club.
Anyone else that joins the club.
Four types of club are available:
- Public clubs
Clubs that anyone can see and participate in without joining.
- Open club
Clubs that anyone can see and join.
- Closed club
Clubs that anyone can see in the directory, but joining must be approved by a Club Leader or Club Moderator. Non-club-members who view the club will only see the member list - not the recent activity or content areas.
- Private club
Clubs that do not show in public, and users must be invited by a Club Leader or Club Moderator
Approving and declining join requests
Each club can have their own forums, download categories, blogs, and calendars.
Club owners can add forums where members can create topics. Club leaders and club moderators have control over these forums and can pin, lock, move, merge, and hide threads in these forums.
These screenshots depict a single forum "Topics".
Project Pokémon recently got Blogs. With clubs, you can create a blog managed by the club leaders and club moderators.
Clubs can also have files, similar to our downloads section.
And finally, the calendar.
And who knows? Maybe there'll be something else in there too