Because it's the "wrapper" of Social Groups that we find appealing; the Group Info, Forum, Pictures, Media, Calendar are all great marketing tools for vendor-based forums (really turns it into a "one stop shop,") but we've had both members and a few vendors tell us they don't like "forcing" members to join the group (something about freedom of choice, blah blah lol.) I'm actually 100% with you, I think it's a two mouse clicks and helps the whole package "make sense" especially with a stat block that shows off total members joined; but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask on their behalf. I can see the merit of why it exists that way, we just didn't know if there was an option to override or turn it off.
I take it that it's simply not an available option period then? Out of morbid curiosity, do you offer custom requests or coding?
I appreciate that, thank you to the both of you for the work you've put into these add-ons!
There is no option for that. The reason is that group owners must have the ability to move threads out of their group if they belong in another area.