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Community settings

Community permission settings 

Namola community functionality is quite flexible, allowing you to set up your community in whatever way works best for you.

Admins can edit these settings by:

  • Tapping on Newsfeed
  • Tapping on Settings
  • Tapping on your community name
  • Tapping on Modify permissions


  • Is Public

This means that your community will be discoverable by other Namola users. If you want your community to stay private, toggle off. If you want Namola users in your area to be able to find you, toggle on.  

  • Requires Member Approval

Safety Tip: We strongly suggest that for closed communities like NHW’s, this remains enabled


Admins will need to approve new members first before they can participate in the community. (If it’s not selected, anyone who has a link for the community will automatically become a member as soon as they’ve indicated they want to join.) 


Note to admins: Please check membership requests on a frequent basis to avoid unhappy members and membership piling up 


  • Allow Member Posts

Allow members to make posts. If this toggle is off, only admins can post. 

    • Namola's recommendation is to switch this on this for most closed communities. (When it’s not selected, the community essentially only acts like a broadcast mechanism.)
  • Allow Member Comments

Allow members to comment on posts and SOS’s. If not selected, only admins can comment.

    • Namola's recommendation: selected.
  • Can Post a members SOS

When this is on it means that a member's SOS’s will be posted to the community when they have an emergency. If it is off (i.e. not selected), the SOS doesn’t go to the community (only to Namola and user’s contacts). 

    • Namola's recommendation: selected.
  • Posts Go To Admins Only

If this is switched on Posts and SOS’s from members (if they’re allowed), will only go to the Admins newsfeeds, not the whole membership. This is to allow regular community members to report things to the patrollers (the admins), without cluttering up everybody’s feeds and notifications. Please note that even if Admins post, this will not go to the entire community, only to Admins. 

    • Namola's recommendation: Not enabled for most communities.

Tip: We recommend that Neighbourhood Watch communities keep the default settings (i.e. everything enabled except “posts go to admins only”.) If you want to be a super-closed group that’s strictly by invite-only, deselect the “Is Public” setting.