In January 2013 the team behind Desktop Nexus launched an exciting new dynamic to the Desktop Nexus ecosystem: Groups.
Times move fast... new TV shows are constantly coming out, new car models are released, and new celebrities emerge. And varieties .. there are seemingly endless varieties of every organizational topic imaginable, from types of food to cities in the world. There are a lot of "thing" categories out there, and the rigid Gallery/Category system that Desktop Nexus (and every other similar site out there) uses isn't flexible enough. It's fantastic when there are a small number of wallpapers being organized, but Desktop Nexus has grown into the largest wallpaper website in the world, with thousands of new images being added every day, and about a million total images to choose from. Needless to say, a few hundred categories is not enough to organize all these amazing pictures anymore.
A group is a place where members can come together around a single topic. That topic can be something specific like a brand or object (such as "Penguins") or it can be more abstract and conceptual (such as "Macro Nature Photography"). A group unites members with an interest in that topic, wallpapers related to that topic, and discussions around that topic. Groups are essentially fan clubs around anything and everything you can imagine. We encourage you to browse through our groups and join anything you're interested in. Even if you don't have any content to contribute personally, any groups you join will appear on your profile, showing your interest and support.
Groups are 100% member-created and member-run, formed around topics which the founder is passionate. Creating a group is like running your own mini-website within Desktop Nexus. You can set your own rules (as long as they don't conflict with site rules), such as "only add black & white wallpapers to this group" or "all images should be jets - no prop planes allowed!". Then you can recruit members to join and participate in your group, remove any added wallpapers you feel aren't a good fit, ban any members that cause trouble, sparking interesting discussions related to your topic, manage discussions to ensure things don't get out of hand, compete against other groups in Group Rank, and even start your own contests or competitions. Running a group is a responsibility, but a fun and rewarding experience. You are in complete control of your group, and if you ever take on more than you can handle and wish to step down, you have the power to promote any of your moderators into the leadership role and allow them to carry your group forward into the future.