When you create a Group on Stitch, Stitch will ask you what type of group you would like to create. You will have three options to select from:
- Regular groups
- Public (or "Open") groups
- Private groups
You will also be asked whether your group is for:
- Members in your Local area only
- Members in your State or region
- Members in your Country
- Members in the Worldwide Stitch Community
These options are outlined in the sections below.
Regular groups are for Full members only (i.e. anyone on a Community Basic, Community Standard or Community Manager plan). You will sometimes hear these groups described as Member-only groups.
Community Basic, Community Standard and Community Manager members can create an unlimited number of Regular groups.
Public (or "Open") groups
Public (or "Open") groups are for all verified members of Stitch. This means that all members of Stitch will be able to join your group, both Public and Full.
This means your Group is open to the public (since anyone can become a Public member for free).
Community Standard members can create one Public group and have up to 30 Public members within it. Community Manager members can create 3 Public groups, with an unlimited number of Public members in each.
Private groups are only for members you personally invite to your group. Events and discussions posted to a Private group can only be seen by members of the group.
Only Community Standard and Community Manager members can create Private Groups. They have the ability to create an unlimited number of these groups.
When you create a Private Group, no invitations are sent out to the Stitch community. Instead, you will need to invite people to join your group individually.
You do this by going to the Members tab on your group, and selecting Add new as seen in the image below:
You will then be prompted to choose who to invite to your Group, as seen in the image below. Note that you can only invite people who have connected with you privately via one-on-one messaging. If you want to invite someone to a group, you will first need to send them a message via Stitch, and they will need to respond, before you can invite them to a Private Group.
Local Groups are designed to help you meet like-minded Stitch members from your local area.
Full Stitch members can create as many Local Groups as they want.
Any activities and discussions posted to a Local Group will be seen by other Stitch members in the local area.
Local Groups can contain both in-person activities and virtual activities.
Statewide, Countrywide and Worldwide Groups
Statewide, countrywide and worldwide Groups are designed to help you meet other Stitch members who share similar interests across the Stitch Community.
If you've got an interest in speaking French to other members in virtual get-togethers, you could create a worldwide Group called "French chit-chat". Members from around the world would be free to join.
Any virtual events you post to the Group will be seen on the Stitch Activities page by anyone who can join the event. That helps raise awareness of your group and encourage new members to join, as anyone who attends your group events will be prompted to become a member of your Group!
Statewide, countrywide and worldwide Groups can only contain virtual activities.
Please note that your membership level determines how many worldwide Groups you can create, as outlined here.
Finally, note that worldwide events will only show on the Stitch Activities page in areas where your event falls in a reasonable time, i.e. between 6am and 11pm. If you live in Los Angeles, for example, a worldwide event posted for 5pm Los Angeles time would not be seen by members in London, where it would be 1am in the morning.
You can, however, invite specific members to your event by sending them a link to your event.