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User Group FAQ
Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00

How do I register a group?

Visit http://community.joomla.org/user-groups.html and navigate to your country.  Select Register Your Group Here and complete the application form.

What are the requirements for becoming a registered group?

  • 2 different contacts and 2 unique real person email addresses. (Using the jug website email adress is not permitted)
  • Ideally a website detailing your User Group, and/or a web presence where you organise your activities (e.g. Meetup.com, Facebook group/page, LinkedIn group, Google+ Community etc)
  • City or Regional area supporting this JUG
  • Commit to keep the information in the database up to date.
  • Commit to meet physically at least twice a year.
  • Postal Code (for radial map searches)

How will people know if a group is registered?

Once approved, registered groups will receive an approval email with additional information to assist them including a download link for a badge to be used on their websites. The registered user group will also be listed in the directory.

So, once approved, are we an official Joomla! User Group?

No, you are a recognised Joomla! User Group. There is no such thing as an "official Joomla! User Group." Joomla! user groups are independent entities not authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Joomla!.

There is already a group in my area, can I still start a group?

Multiple JUGs will be allowed per city or region since we will now have a directory and comments as well as radial searches.  Smaller groups in one city or region will be encouraged to combine but not required.

The only thing we ask is that if there is a group in your area, you choose a different name. For example, if Joomla! User Group Mars already exists, please change the word Group to one of the other available group structure descriptions: association, club, organisation, society, or network.

Can I have a virtual group?

Non registered groups that are virtual in formation are encouraged to use the Facebook or Meet-Up.  There are currently no plans to list virtual groups in the User Group directory, which exists to promote in-person meetings.

Can my group listing be suspended?

Yes, on rare occasions. Lack of communication and/or compliance with JUG Team requests may cause the listing to be unpublished.

My question isn't answered in this FAQ?

Contact the JUG Team at jugs@community.joomla.org and one of our team mates will be happy to help.

Group Names

How does naming my group work?

Registered groups will all have names with this structure: Joomla! User X Y.

X is an appropriate word describing the group's structure, such as: group, association, club, organisation, society, or network.

Y is an appropriate geographic description, which would be the name of your city. State, province and country names will no longer be allowed as part of the name.

For example there might be:

  • Joomla! User Group Mars
  • Joomla! User Association Venus
  • Joomla! User Network Pluto.

Does the group have to be called a “group”?

No. When you complete the registration form you will be given the option of selecting another term, such as organisation, association, network, club, meet up or local term, subject to approval of Open Source Matters. Make a choice that makes sense in your culture and in terms of what you plan to do.

Can "Joomla! User Group" be an unofficial name for an organisation?

Yes as long as the organisation's legal name does not include Joomla! or Open Source Matters and no confusion is created.

Can unregistered groups use the name Joomla! or Joomla! User Group?

No, these terms may only be used by registered groups.

Can groups or organisations translate the words "user group" in their names?

Yes, you can translate the term 'user group' into your own language.

Can the Joomla! name be presented in non-Roman characters?

No, the Joomla name is a trademark and a brand, as such it may not be changed.

Domain Names, Joomla! Logo & Trademark

Can I add my own URL to my listing?

Yes, it will be added to your listing once all Trademark and logo requirements are completed and approved by OSM.

  • Commercial links are not allowed, for example, www.hostingco.com
  • Community links such as Meetup.com, Facebook groups/pages, LinkedIn groups, Google+ Community etc are allowed.
  • Joomla Communities like http://www.joomgroupe.fr are also allowed.


If your domain name includes the word Joomla, Joo, or Joom Trademark approval is required and the URL will not be listed on the site until it is in compliance.  The compliance check is done as part of your registration process.  Please note that all links submitted must be accessible at the time of registration - if your site is in offline mode, please provide a username & password for the team to review in the notes section.

How do I get Trademark approval?

The Joomla! name and logo are registered trademarks in the United States and elsewhere held by Open Source Matters. Permission, from OSM, to use these trademarks is usually required and is only granted subject to specific rules. There are a few specific circumstances, though, when the use of a Joomla! trademark (name or logo) does not require permission. Information on when approval is and is not needed when using a Joomla! trademark are described at the links below:

OSM has approved my URL, how do I add it to my listing?

Once you have received approval from OSM for your URL, please visit http://community.joomla.org/user-groups.html, login to your listing and submit your URL addition if it was not submitted previously. A JUG team member will confirm your approval and approve your change request.

Can registered groups use the Joomla! logo on their sites?

Registered groups, once approved, may use logos in accordance with the Joomla! Brand Manual, provided that they include a link back to the Joomla.org.

Can I use the official Joomla! logo on my site?

Yes, you must first apply for conditional use which can be done at http://opensourcematters.org/joomla-name-and-logo-use-requests.html

Conditional Use Logo FAQ can be found here http://opensourcematters.org/conditional-use-policy.html

Conditional Use Submission Form

Where can I find the Brand Manual for the Trademark?

http://opensourcematters.org/logo-usage-and-brand-guide.html

How do I register a group?

Visit http://community.joomla.org/user-groups.html and navigate to your country.  Select Register Your Group Here and complete the application form.

What are the requirements for becoming a registered group?
  • 2 contacts and email addresses
  • People.Joomla.Org group
  • City or Regional area supporting this JUG
  • Commit to keep the information in the database up to date.
  • Commit to meet physically at least twice a year.

Requested but not required:
  • Postal Code (for radial map searches)


How will people know if a group is registered?

Once approved, registered groups will receive an approval email with additional information to assist them including a download link for a badge to be used on their websites. The registered user group will also be listed in the directory.

So, once approved, are we an official Joomla! User Group?

No, you are a recognized Joomla! User Group. There is no such thing as an "official Joomla! User Group." Joomla! user groups are independent entities not authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Joomla!.

There is already a group in my area, can I still start a group?

Multiple JUGs will be allowed per city or region since we will now have a directory and comments as well as radial searches.  Smaller groups in one city or region will be encouraged to combine but not required.

The only thing we ask is that if there is a group in your area, you choose a different name. For example, if Joomla! User Group Mars already exists, please change your the word Group to one of the other available group structure descriptions: association, club, organization, society, or network.

Can I have a virtual group?

Non registered groups that are virtual in formation are encouraged to use the People.Joomla.Org Regional Groups area.

Can my group listing be suspended?

Yes, on rare occasions. Lack of communication and compliance with JUG Team requests may cause the listing to be unpublished until communication is restored.

Group Names
How does naming my group work?
Registered groups will all have names with this structure: Joomla! User X Y.

X is an appropriate word describing the group's structure, such as: group, association, club, organization, society, or network.

Y is an appropriate geographic description, which might be the name of a city, region or some other area.

For example there might be:
  • Joomla! User Group Mars
  • Joomla! User Association Venus
  • Joomla! User Network Pluto.


Does the group have to be called a “group”?

No. When you complete the registration form you will be given the option of selecting another term, such as organization, association, network, club, meet up or local term, subject to approval of Open Source Matters. Make a choice that makes sense in your culture and in terms of what you plan to do.

Can "Joomla! User Group" be an unofficial name for an organization as long as the organization's legal name does not include Joomla! or Open Source Matters?

Yes as long as there is no confusion created.

Can unregistered groups use the name Joomla! or Joomla! User Group?

No.

Can groups or organizations translate the words "user group" in their names?

Yes.

Can the Joomla! name be presented in non-Roman characters?

No, it is a trademark and a brand and may not be changed.

Domain Names, Joomla! Logo & Trademark

Can I add my own URL to my listing?

Yes, it will be added to your listing once all Trademark and logo requirements are completed and approved by OSM.
  • Commercial links are not allowed, for example, www.hostingco.com
  • Community links such as Facebook, Meetup and so forth are allowed.
  • Joomla Communities like http://www.joomgroupe.fr are also allowed.


If your domain name includes the word Joomla, Joo, or Joom Trademark approval is required and the URL will not be listed on the site until it is in compliance.

How do I get Trademark approval?

The Joomla! name and logo are registered trademarks in the United States and elsewhere held by Open Source Matters. Permission, from OSM, to use these trademarks is usually required and is only granted subject to specific rules. There are a few specific circumstances, though, when the use of a Joomla! trademark (name or logo) does not require permission. Information on when approval is and is not needed when using a Joomla! trademark are described at the links below:
  • About the Joomla! Name and Logo
  • Trademark Policy
  • Trademark FAQ


OSM has approved my URL, how do I add it to my listing?

Once you have received approval from OSM for your URL, please visit http://community.joomla.org/user-groups.html, login to your listing and submit your URL addition. A JUG team member will confirm your approval and approve your change request.

Can registered groups use the Joomla! logo on their sites?

Registered groups, once approved, may use logos in accordance with the Joomla! Brand Manual, provided that they include a link back to the Joomla.org.

Can I use the official Joomla! logo on my site?
Yes, you must first apply for conditional use which can be done at http://opensourcematters.org/joomla-name-and-logo-use-requests.html

Conditional Use Logo FAQ can be found here http://opensourcematters.org/conditional-use-policy.html