A few weeks ago we had a discussion about adding MeFi Mail alerts to IRL
when an event is updated. We have some proposed changes that we think could help keep everyone informed if an IRL event is updated.
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 12:46 PM (54 comments total)
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In the past we've seen major details of an IRL event change within the 24 hours of the event taking place. Sometimes the venue or date can change, and if you're not visiting the site you might not be aware of the change. So we're considering allowing the OP to notify attendees that have the IRL alert option enabled that an event has been updated.
Here are some changes we've been testing behind the scenes. When the OP edits an IRL event, there's a new option with a checkbox, "Alert attendees to these changes via MeFi Mail after you Post?". If checked, the system will send a MeFi Mail to anyone who has marked that they're attending or possibly attending. And to handle Proposed Events, we added the ability to say "Yes" or "Maybe" to those events as well. That means when a meetup changes from Proposed to Confirmed, the OP will have the option to alert everyone. The checkbox gives the OP control over the alerts. If they're fixing a typo they won't need to check the box, if they're moving things to a new venue, it'd be good to check that box.
The alert itself is a simple message that includes a link to the IRL thread, and a quick list of the things that have been updated. In case the venue and event date were updated the message would simply say, "This event has an updated venue and date. Click the event link to see the details."
The system we've been testing includes a little lag time. So the site checks for new alerts every 15 minutes or so and only sends one MeFi Mail for changes in that time period. That gives the OP a chance to make a few changes without alerting everyone each time. It's possible that someone could send an alert every 15 minutes by editing an IRL event and checking the box, but we don't expect people to abuse the system. If that happens we can discuss including some type of throttle.
We rarely add features that could mean more email in your inbox, but in the last thread we heard from many people who would find IRL Update Alerts very useful. If you currently use IRL alerts to find out about new events, would you find these updates useful, or would you turn off IRL alerts with this addition?