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Approving and Pre-Approving Group or Subgroup Members

How do I approve my group or subgroup members?

Last Reviewed: 12/10/2013
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As a group owner or manager, you have several options for approving members for your group or subgroup.

Auto-Join:

If your group or subgroup is Auto-Join, you do not need to take any further actions. Everyone is automatically approved upon their request to join the group. Learn more about the Auto-Join setting.

Sending an Invitation:

If you use the Send Invitations option for your group or subgroup, you do not need to pre-approve members (this includes "Invite-Only" subgroups). These members will be automatically approved upon their request to join.

Pre-approval:

If you plan to invite people to your group or subgroup using an outside website or email system, you can pre-approve the people you are going to invite. By pre-approving specific email addresses or email domains, they will be automatically approved upon their request to join.

Pre-approval by uploading a file of email addresses:

  1. Move your cursor over Interests at the top of your homepage and select Groups.
  2. Click the group's name.
  3. Click the Manage tab in the row under the group's name.
  4. Click Pre-approve People on the left.
  5. Click Upload a file.
  6. Click Browse and select the file you plan to upload. This must be a CSV file with the following three column headers: First Name, Last Name and Email Address.
  7. Click Upload file.
    • If you have an existing pre-approved list loaded in the system, it will merge with any new list that you upload. Duplicated items will only appear once in the merged list. If an uploaded list contains members who've already joined your group, we'll leave them off the merged pre-approved list.

Pre-approval by individual email address:

  1. Move your cursor over Interests at the top of your homepage and select Groups.
  2. Click the group's name.
  3. Click the Manage tab in the row under the group name.
  4. Click Pre-approve People on the left.
  5. Enter names of connections and/or click the "Add other email addresses...." link to include email addresses of contacts who are not connected to you on LinkedIn.
  6. Click Pre-approve.

Pre-approval by email domain:

  1. Move your cursor over Interests at the top of your homepage and select Groups.
  2. Click the group's name.
  3. Click the Manage tab in the row under the group's name.
  4. Click the Group Settings link on the left.
  5. In the Membership section, select Request to Join.
  6. Enter email domain in the box titled: "Auto-approve users with these email domains (e.g. linkedin.com, cardmunch.com)".
    • You cannot pre-approve email domains like gmail.com, hotmail.com or yahoo.com because they are too generic.
    • Separate multiple domains with a comma. Do not separate domains onto separate lines or separate with spaces because the system will not function correctly and you won't be notified that there is an entry error.
Manual approval of all other member requests to join:

You can manually approve a request to join your group from the Requests to Join section. You will not receive notifications of requests to join your group, but you can check the group periodically to accept or decline any pending requests.

  1. Move your cursor over Interests at the top of your homepage and select Groups.
  2. Click the group's name.
  3. Click the Manage tab in the row under the group's name.
  4. Click the Requests to Join link on the left.
  5. Click the box next to the member's name and click Approve.
    • Instead of Approve, you can click Decline or Decline and Block to decline and prevent that person from applying for membership again.

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