I would like to embed a Google Group for Business Q & A forum in my website.

My website is based on users not knowing each others' emails addresses. However, when someone posts a question to the Google Group Q & A forum, all members are sent an email notification where the "from" field is the email address of the poster. I can't have this since I don't want the users knowing each others' email addresses.

Are there any suggestions for embedding a Google Group Q&A while still keeping member email addresses concealed (can't I send the notification emails from the group email address or something)? Any workarounds?


Settings that affect the From address:

  • Settings / Email Options : Post replies (needs to be set to 'to the entire group')
  • Settings / Identity : Required forms of identity
  • Permissions / Access permissions : View Member Email Addresses
  • Permissions / Posting permissions : Reply To Author

Set correctly , the from address will show "username via groupname" . Can also be set to show "groupname on behalf of username" .

Posting by email to the group should be disabled, otherwise all bets are off.


I don't know a direct way to do this, but the work-around I've seen people do is as follows: the person writing the post to submits it to the moderator's address, who then sends it on to the group.

  • I have given up on using google groups because I didn't find a solution to this. I considered an routing all emails to me and then having me forward it out but I only remember that it wasn't possible to have all the group's emails only go to me.
    – theyuv
    Sep 28 '16 at 7:29
  • @theyuv - so, what software did you choose? How has it worked out for your group? Sep 28 '16 at 19:43
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    I'm currently trying to use wordpress with a plugin to create a q & a forum. I'm not finished with it. It's a lot more work than google groups. Google groups would have been really quick and easy to implement but it had that one flaw of revealing emails that I didn't want.
    – theyuv
    Sep 29 '16 at 7:48
  • @theyuv - please keep me posted. I am trying to decide right now which route to go for a group of folks I'm involved with. Sep 29 '16 at 15:53
  • found anything? It seems this is still an issue after a few years.. Sep 17 '20 at 15:43

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