Event Organizers should be able to edit IRL events July 16, 2010 11:30 AM   Subscribe

An IRL Pony would be lovely! Ok, maybe a small herd...

Can the creator of an IRL event be given the ability to change the venue? Sometimes, a venue may suddenly become impossible for reasons beyond the control of anyone here. We need an easy way to change the venue.

I thought about creating a new event, but a) didn't want to clutter up the IRL front page and b) didn't want to have the respondents have to respond again.

If we can change the venue, it would also be nice if that venue change could send a MeMail or notify the Yes and Maybe respondents. I sent a MeMail to each person on my event, but for large ones that could become problematic and time consuming.

Finally, the event organizer should also be able to cancel an event if necessary. This process should also update the Yes and Maybe respondents.

Thank you for considering this little herd of ponies.
posted by onhazier to Feature Requests at 11:30 AM (18 comments total)

Yeah, we've been considering this for some time, to add edit controls. I never thought about total cancellation, but that's something we may consider as well.

The automatic mefi mail to everyone is something I'd be less inclined to add though. Doesn't everyone check the event page before they take off for a meetup (I know I always do, to get the address and start times just right, as well as to see the last few comments before I leave).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:32 AM on July 16, 2010

get out, meet ponies
posted by mannequito at 11:51 AM on July 16, 2010

Doesn't everyone check the event page before they take off for a meetup [...]

I do. I check it again from the meetup itself for additional updates on who's attending and who isn't. If it's not obvious where we are, I'll even post a comment to help others find us. I think once, I even replied to a comment from someone else who was also at the meetup, across the table from me. Which is really strange and I'm kind of hoping that I'm actually mis-remembering that.
posted by FishBike at 12:36 PM on July 16, 2010

I have definitely left comments in meetup threads for the sole, more-or-less realtime consumption of those also at the meetup with me.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:56 PM on July 16, 2010

I was just thinking that it is nice to proactively notify folks of significant changes.
posted by onhazier at 1:40 PM on July 16, 2010

do you have sufficient grass for your herd to feed upon?
posted by infini at 6:47 AM on July 17, 2010

Doesn't everyone check the event page before they take off for a meetup [...]

Maybe. But if the location is changed 2 weeks in advance, and the person attending isn't paying much attention to it for whatever reason, it'd be a serious downer to find the venue has changed and you can't attend at the last minute. A more proactive approach would allow people to be notified earlier and plan accordingly.
posted by Rendus at 7:43 AM on July 17, 2010

I clicked this thread thinking you wanted a pony in real life.
posted by alligatorman at 8:23 AM on July 17, 2010

I actually wouldn't mind at all if I got a message telling me that the date/time of a meetup changed. You know, if I ever went to one.
posted by theichibun at 9:09 AM on July 17, 2010

My mum bought me a raffle ticket with a pony as first prize. I so wanted to win that pony. She put the ticket in a jar on the mantle and never drew it out again. I became resigned to the fact I was never going to get that pony but still, thirty five years later when I was cleaning up that mantle for moving I looked for the raffle ticket, just in case I had won and she never told me.
posted by Kerasia at 5:56 AM on July 18, 2010

Can the Yes/Maybe buttons be made to stay active? I changed my maybe to a yes, but now I'm back to a maybe, and the only button visible is a 'No'
posted by oh yeah! at 2:00 PM on July 18, 2010

Doesn't everyone check the event page before they take off for a meetup [...]

Shocking as it may be to say, I don't have internet access at home. Our last local meetup was on a Sunday, so I hadn't even checked mail, let alone Mefi, since Friday evening....
posted by FlyingMonkey at 12:42 PM on July 19, 2010

Can the Yes/Maybe buttons be made to stay active?

Yep, just made that change.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:49 AM on July 20, 2010

Thanks, pb!
posted by oh yeah! at 6:20 PM on July 20, 2010

I've got an IRL pony, too. Could IRL threads one has marked as "attending" or "maybe" show up in Recent Activity?

In the old style of meetup thread, one generally commented in thread if one were planning to attend, which would then make the thread show up in Recent Activity. Now, one can just click "attending" or "maybe" if no other comment is necessary, but then it's easy to forget the meetup (like I did with onhazier's).
posted by ocherdraco at 12:38 PM on July 22, 2010

This would also help solve the time/date/location change problem, because people would see comments from the organizer saying "Hey guys, we've changed this!"
posted by ocherdraco at 12:39 PM on July 22, 2010

Sure, great point on RA for updates/reminders. Just added those events you've said yes or maybe to in Recent Activity.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:56 PM on July 22, 2010

Sweet! Thanks, pb!
posted by ocherdraco at 8:34 PM on July 22, 2010

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