When folks join my Google Group, they are defaulting to "no email".

I can't see how to change that default to "all email" or at least give them the choice.

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According to a Google Employee this is done on purpose on public groups to prevent people getting signed up and spammed.

The recommendation is to direct new users to the web interface (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/{GROUP_NAME}/join) so that they can manage their settings. You might also direct your group members to this help page: https://support.google.com/groups/answer/1047839


There doesn't seem to be a way to do this. However, by going to the "Members" section, you can view and modify any or all members's delivery settings. So you can change their setting (even against their will, unfortunately) as soon as they join.


if you go to the group settings > Permissions > basic permissions AND you activate that ANYONE can post messages you won't have any trouble with your new folks posting messages

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    this does not answer the OP’s question. it was about receiving messages by default, not about being able to send . quite an annoying default BTW. Nov 2, 2013 at 21:27

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