If you moderate a group on Goodreads, here are some guidelines and information
that will help you.
Fill out the group setting info and add a description and a photo for the
Organize and stimulate group discussion by creating new topics about
subjects the group wants to discuss.
Organize discussion topics into folders if the group needs it. Only
moderators can create folders and arrange their order, but any member
creating a topic can decide which folder the topic goes into. To move a
topic from one folder to another, click on the topic then click on 'edit'
next to the topic title.
If your group is a bookclub, make sure to add the book you are reading
to the 'currently-reading' shelf. This will make the book you are reading
appear near the top of the group, and it will also list your group on the
book's page and help drive new members.
When you discuss the book make sure to use the "add book/author" tool to
make a link to the book being discussed. This will cause the discussion
thread to appear on the book's page and help drive new members.
People use Goodreads to discuss books. We understand that imagery and
explicit language is a regular part of some of this discussion. We respect
people’s right to share content that is meaningful to their book-related
discussions, such as photos of book settings or photos that represent
feelings about a book and the characters, including erotica. If your group
features explicit content (for instance, erotica groups), then your group
MUST be designated for adults only (18+).
If a group is designated for adults only (18+) – whether it includes
discussion of erotica or not - its discussion board and content can only
be viewed by Goodreads members who are 18 and older.
Goodreads members age 17 and younger are not allowed to join groups that
are designated for adults only (18+).
Moderators may also choose to make their adults only (18+) group “private,”
in which case, a moderator must approve any Goodreads member age 18 and
older who wishes to join. For groups that are not designated “private,”
Goodreads members who are 18 and older can join the group without
Sexual role-play is not tolerated in any group or any other part of the
site. Romance is permitted in role-play games, but pornographic content
and explicitly sexual content or scenarios are not permitted. We’ve made
the decision that this is not appropriate for our site.
If your group is designated for adults only (18+) and it comes to your
attention that a member is actually 17 or younger, you MUST remove this
member from the group immediately. If you have any questions regarding
this, please reach out to us using our Contact Us form.
Alternatively, visit Goodreads Help.
Moderators have the power to delete any discussion post in the group, so
keep the group clean. We suggest leaving all member comments except for
the following: spam, porn, extremely offensive material (eg Pro-Nazi, etc),
or direct personal attacks on other members. Arguing is often part of
discussing, but personal attacks are not necessary. When you do delete a
comment that members may miss, note you have done so and why, so members
know what happened. Note that members can also edit or delete their own
Moderators have the power to remove any member from the group. Removing
a member will block them from re-joining. You can edit the group's block
list from the
blocked users management page.
Moderators can add other moderators. We suggest you do this if you aren't
particularly active, or want to leave the group.
Moderators can give themselves, or any other moderator, a fun title! Look
for the "add title" link on the members page.
You can add and remove moderators, and add moderator titles on the
All moderators of a group have full moderator powers. However only the
group's creator can delete a group.
Need some help from some fellow moderators? Join the moderator's Goodreads group here: