Since iMeet Central is a commercial product, there are some features available that do not necessarily align with the way that The IEEE SA is using the software; one of these features is External Members.The External Member designation was developed to give a different level of permission to some people, but since this must be done at the company level (applies to all IEEE SA workspaces), it does not work well with the way the IEEE SA is using member accounts and the large number of users that we have. For this reason, we have decided that all members should be designated as Internal Members.
What does this mean to workspace administrators?
Since all of our members will be designated as Internal, using any of the features that restrict content to Internal Members only will not be effective.
The one use we have come up with for External Members, however, is for inviting new members to a workspace. The software only allows for company level administrators to add Internal Members, but it allows for workspace administrators to add External Members. If a workspace administrator wants to add an individual who has not been previously added to another IEEE-SA workspace and been made an Internal Member, the administrator should invite that individual into the workspace as an External Member. All External Members will be converted by a company level administrator into Internal Members on a regular basis.
Internal Vs External Members as defined by iMeet Central