## shreehari499 one year ago Was just going through different groups in OS until I saw many unused ones... What's the purpose of groups like Advanced Treatment, Activated Sludge, Sludge etc ? I don't see anyone active over there. And one more, who has the rights to make a new group in OS? Thanks!

1. Miracrown

Good question. I have no idea. I'd suppose that they are there just in case someone needs help in those areas or they created such groups to test things out. But eh, activated sludge? Lolzy

2. shreehari499

I think OS allowed all users to create a new group at the time of its introduction.. Who would create a group like that? Lol anyways thanks!

3. pooja195

Those groups are there because at one point they were being used. I dont believe OS EVER let users make their own subject only ADMINS have that power.

4. pooja195

Some subjects we probably created as test subjects you never know ;)

5. shreehari499

Hmm..yeah

6. shreehari499

Anyone who had been here for a long time will be able to explain it. @preetha

7. pooja195

8. Abhisar

Initially it was possible for a random user to create a subject/group but later on the functionality was revoked. Now only devs can create a group on suggestion of admins.

9. shreehari499

K thanks abhi & pooja :)

10. shreehari499

$$\color{#0cbb34}{\text{Originally Posted by}}$$ @pooja195 i already explained $$\color{#0cbb34}{\text{End of Quote}}$$ Of course u did.and thanks ...but i wanted a more clear cut idea about it. Whats why i wanted someone who has been here since the introduction of this website. We can also remove those unused sections where users who post questions there dont get help..:)

11. TheSmartOne

Most of the subjects you listed are actually sub-subjects

12. shreehari499

Yeah...there are all basically a part of Biology or Chemistry..:)

13. thomaster

There actually is a functionality for admins to simply create a subject on the site, no devs are involved in this. There's a button for it and a popup appears where the subject name can be entered. You can actually recreate this as a regular users when playing a little with the chrome inspect element tool, but to create the group you need admin rights. The admins rarely create new subjects by the way (only preetha does when the demand is high enough). Back to the question: Most of those groups were made in collaboration with online schools and universities like the OpenCourseWare (OCW) programmes. The online course would be linked to the studygroup on OpenStudy and a little widget would be placed on the school's website. The students could then help eachother when they didn't understand something about the course. Most of those courses have stopped, hence the groups are no longer in use. Now they just linger around as ghost towns, full of memories but no one to share them ;-;

14. Jaynator495

$$\color{#0cbb34}{\text{Originally Posted by}}$$ @thomaster There actually is a functionality for admins to simply create a subject on the site, no devs are involved in this. There's a button for it and a popup appears where the subject name can be entered. You can actually recreate this as a regular users when playing a little with the chrome inspect element tool, but to create the group you need admin rights. The admins rarely create new subjects by the way (only preetha does when the demand is high enough). Back to the question: Most of those groups were made in collaboration with online schools and universities like the OpenCourseWare (OCW) programmes. The online course would be linked to the studygroup on OpenStudy and a little widget would be placed on the school's website. The students could then help eachother when they didn't understand something about the course. Most of those courses have stopped, hence the groups are no longer in use. Now they just linger around as ghost towns, full of memories but no one to share them ;-; $$\color{#0cbb34}{\text{End of Quote}}$$ Actually this first part is very wrong, 99% of the time preetha uses the user "OwlFred" to create groups. As far as it not working without admin rights, this is also incorrect... if you know what you are doing after spending about 7 hours coding you can make the site view your user as having administrative rights... and as this is an older feature, for some reason it hasnt updated to double check the database to check if you really are a administrator... instead it uses several hundred variables that youll have to change to the exact right values, and in some cases some are automaticly changed back after so and so time, meaning you have to make a clock to constantly reset the value back to what it needs to be. Most likely they haven't fixed this whole because you would need to spend at least 10 days to maybe even a year or so to gather the required info and variables you would need before you could even start coding for it, so i guess ultimately nobody's going to spend $$\small that$$ much time to just simply create a group.

15. shreehari499

If they're of no use, why dont we suggest the admins to just remove them. Wont they make an impact on the website's loading speed or something? Why do we need so many ghost towns in OS.Like, new users might think that such qns are supposed to be posted there ( I haven't seen any yet :p) and then they find nobody to help them out.

16. pooja195

As tso said they are mainly sub-topics, and may come in use one day :-)

17. Joel_the_boss

They are created for the purpose of being discovered. Then someone will ask the brilliant question to why these unused subjects were created. But to me there used for marking the discovery by simply insterting 'lol' into the subject chat. @TheSmartOne @CausticSyndicalist @sleepyhead314 @pooja195

18. pooja195

LOL

19. thomaster

@Jaynator495 The admin on the test site has the ability to create new study groups... I've done it myself... So don't tell me it's wrong :p Also I popped up the box where a new subject name can be entered on my mod account, tried to make one but nothing happened, just like when you pop up the suspension/warning boxes as a regular user. And on the admin account the same screen was shown when clicking create new subject and voila, new group made :)

20. Jaynator495

no, i said the part where only admins can is wrong xD

21. Jaynator495

btw let me know the pass when you figure it out ._>

22. Jaynator495

(pass for the test site that is)