As an IT administrator for a Club (a charity club) I setup a nextcloud server for sharing digital assets like files, calendar, contacts.
However after testing working a bit with it, I feel that the next cloud philosophy is not really matching with our aim: it seems to be a collection of individual users instead of a group…
- Users have their own files (which can be disallowed by setting the quota to 1KB only)
- Users have their own contacts
- Users have their own calendars
What we need is nothing which is user bound, but all should be group bound: assets of the Club.
So users can see and add (depending on rights) only files to group shared folders, calendar, contacts.
So really there should not be something as personal data… we are not providing free storage to Club members, we just want to share data between Club members.
So as I see this, nextcloud cannot be used as such as a groupware server, due that everything is user centric instead of group centric: by default each user has its local storage, its own calendar and its own contacts.
It would be nice to have an option to configure a setup as a real group server, disallowing any private user stuff (no user files, no user calendar, no user contacts). The administrator can then make group folders, contacts and calendars which can be used by all members…
Could be a very good feature for thousands of clubs around the globe…