Thanks for your comments. Yes, we have a list of priorities that will address most of your points and hopefully make the site perform better for people...
1. Notify group members when content (discussion/story/event etc) is posted to a group
2.Open up the noticeboard on your private homepage to included wider information.. e.g
Someone posts content to a group you are in
Someone you follow creates content (story / resource / post / discussion / event)
Someone you follow creates a group
Someone you follow joins a group
Someone follows you ("joe blogs is now following you")
Someone comments on content you have created
Someone flags on content you have created (story / resource / post / discussion / event)
Someone joins a group you have created
Someone has commented on a discussion you created
3. Then to take this info and create a weekly or monthly (your choice ) email that goes out to you
4. Make private groups much clearer and more secure (work in progress)
5. Live update of page after you take an action (click follow - update follow number on the fly etc.)
There is a lot to be done but hopefully we can achieve this and make the site better for everyone.
Thanks, and of course we can discuss this all later on.