Whatsapp Group Rules
WhatsApp Groups are all the rage at the moment. Personally, I am in over 20 groups with an average member count of 120, it can be pretty crazy sometimes.
If you are someone that runs a WhatsApp Group, it can be both time consuming and stressful. To help you manage this, below you will find 21 rules to help guide you which should save you a lot of time and stress later down the line.
WhatsApp Group Rules
- Always keep to the purpose of the group, don’t share irrelevant messages about other topics.
- Don’t spam the group. If you would like a group to share memes, adverts or deals with then set one up for that exact purpose and invite others to join.
- Don’t be offended if others leave.
- Do politely excuse yourself before you leave a group.
- Post your message in one single chunk of text, don’t post every word or sentence in a new message.
- If you’re lurking in a group chat and ‘seeing’ every message, occasionally respond with *something* to remove the stalker vibe that inevitably develops.
- Don’t create huge groups.
- Don’t create groups with minors who don’t know each other – no parent wants their kids talking to strangers.
- Try not to have long one-on-one conversations in the group. Switch to private messages.
- Do not post in any group between 21:00 and 07:00 unless it is an emergency. By emergency, we mean the “fire, floods, and broken bones” type of emergency, not the “I needed a scone recipe at 2 am because I had the munchies” type of emergency.
- If a message asks for a positive response like an RSVP, don’t reply in the negative. Only say if you are able to attend. Don’t double RSVP if a second call to action is sent out for the same event.
- If someone asks a question and you don’t know the answer don’t respond with “I don’t know”. Just wait for someone who knows the answer to reply.
- Please don’t send in a hundred “thank you” messages. If you feel gratitude towards someone – tell them in a private message.
- If someone asks a question of a personal nature (like asking for advice) don’t respond if someone else has already answered, or else respond to the person directly in a private message.
- The group is not a political platform (unless you have specifically set it up for this purpose) No arguing, no heated opinions, no fear-mongering, no hyped-up drama, no fake news. Check your sources before you share.
- Never EVER use a group to berate someone else or air grievances. If you have an issue address it one on one with the relevant person.
- Don’t add random people to a close-knit group.
- Always ask someone if you may add them before you add them.
- Don’t send data-insensitive messages. No-one wants their last 3GB used up on uninvited memes.
- When the group has served its purpose (the hike is over) delete it.
- Hit “Mute” on your WhatsApp group (unless you’re part of an emergency rescue group). This is a sanity saver. You will still receive all the messages, but your phone won’t buzz or make a noise for every one of them.
If you are not sure, ask yourself these three questions before you post:
- Is this relevant?
- Is this necessary?
- Is this a good time to post?