Things you need to know about how NWR Facebook groups work

Here are a few tips, particularly for those not too familiar with, or unsure about, Facebook:

  • Provided you are a current member of NWR you can join as many of our NWR groups as you wish; you also need to have a Facebook account.
  • Do make sure you go through all your Facebook settings making them as private (or not) as you want – it’s up to you.  We recommend you do this from time to time to make sure they are up-to-date.
  • You can access all NWR’s groups and join in without having any Facebook friends.
  • To join the groups, you need to answer a couple of questions – please make sure you do!
  • It’s so much nicer for all of us if you use a thumbnail photo as it helps us to feel we know each other.
  • Once you’ve joined the groups you want, it is more interesting and fun for everyone if you get involved.  However, when you’re new to a group you may wish to watch what’s going on for a while before you jump in so that you get a feel for how the groups operate.
  • All the groups are monitored by a small group of volunteer NWR members who are administrators and moderators.  They keep a watching brief on all posts and comments making sure they comply with NWR’s Social Media Policy (SMP) which can be found on NWR’s website or by clicking here and NWR’s Code of Conduct
  • Please familiarise yourself with the rules governing each NWR group; these can be found below the group title and before the posts start.
  • Thankfully, it is extremely rare for a post to have to be removed that doesn’t comply with NWR’s SMP and Code of Conduct.  It is clear from reading the policy what constitutes a contravention.  The Admin team reserve the right to remove such posts immediately.
  • It is important that you post and comment in line with the group’s description.
  • Please read posts carefully and also read previous comments before you make your comment(s).
  • Check that you’ve worded your post carefully so as to attract lots of comments, eg, have you asked a question or just made a statement?
  • If you think a member of your group would enjoy our NWR Facebook groups, please suggest they ask to join rather than you inviting them.  There is a procedure for each request to ensure that only current members have access to our safe and private groups and occasionally this is forgotten and non-NWR friends have been invited.