Joining communities

Join a community that is devoted to a subject that you are interested in and start participating.

Before you begin

To find a community that you want to join, you can browse all the public communities in the organization in the Public Communities view, or search for a community that is devoted to a particular subject. You can also use suggestions from the Recommendations widget to find communities that might interest you.

You must be logged in to join a community or to request to join a community.

Note: You can join public communities by clicking a link, but you must request to join public communities that are moderated. Restricted communities are private and they do not display in the Public Communities view. The only way to join this type of community is when a community owner adds you as a member or invites you to join.
Tip: If you are a member of a restricted community and you want to include a colleague in that community, ask a community owner to invite your colleague to join. To identify community owners, click Members in the navigation and then select Owners in the Filter by field.


To join a community, complete the following steps.

  1. Select Communities > Public Communities and select the community that you want to join.
  2. Depending on the level of access that the community has, do one of the following actions:
    • If the community has open access, click Join this Community.
      Note: If the community you want to join is a public subcommunity, and you are not already a member of the parent community, you are automatically join the parent community when you click Join this Community.

      If you receive a message that the community has already reached the maximum number of members, contact a community owner to see whether any inactive members can be removed. Click Members in the navigation and then select Owners in the Filter by field.

    • If the community allows moderated access, select Request to Join this Community. Type your reason for wanting to join the community and click Send. Your request is sent to the community owner, who can then decide whether or not to add you to the community. If they add you as a member, you receive an email notification to that effect.


When you join a public community, the community is immediately added to the list of your communities in the I’m a Member view. When you request to join a moderated community, the community does not display in the I’m a Member view until your membership is approved by the community owner.

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