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Coming Events Usage  

74 members have voted

  1. 1. How often do you use the Coming Events Excel Spreadsheet??

    • Frequently (Weekly or more often)
      24
    • Often (Not as often as weekly, but a fair amount)
      19
    • Rarely (Monthly or less frequently)
      11
    • Never
      8
    • Sporadically (Only when I have a specific need)
      12


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Nadine Eden    6
Nadine Eden

Hi Bill, 

 

I'm a fairly new member so I do apologise if my suggestions have already been tested.

I'm not sure which content management system you use for the site, but is there a way of adding a form with all the details you need for the entries? This could be easily accessed in the main navigation bar. As for tracking how many times the file is accessed, I believe there is a way of tracking links that lead away from your website using Google Analytics. Info can be found here

 

I hope these suggestions are useful!

 

Nadine

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Bill Edwards    11,020
Bill Edwards
4 hours ago, Nadine Eden said:

Hi Bill, 

 

I'm a fairly new member so I do apologise if my suggestions have already been tested.

I'm not sure which content management system you use for the site, but is there a way of adding a form with all the details you need for the entries? This could be easily accessed in the main navigation bar. As for tracking how many times the file is accessed, I believe there is a way of tracking links that lead away from your website using Google Analytics. Info can be found here

 

I hope these suggestions are useful!

 

Nadine

Many thanks for your input, I will look into your suggestions.

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Bill Edwards    11,020
Bill Edwards

I'm grateful to Nadine - the only one to comment :(

 

This topic has had 338 views, 70 votes with 39 members using the Coming Events either frequently or often.

 

Apart from Nadine, not a SINGLE suggestion. Not a SINGLE comment on my ideas. Not a SINGLE offer of a few minutes help a day.

 

With this level of support I will spend the weekend seriously considering the future of the Coming Events!

 

 

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Simon Deery    799
Simon Deery

Hi Bill

I can understand your disappointment that only one person has so far offered any ideas. I believe that is more a sign that people are possibly struggling to find a solution that will greatly assist with what is a mammoth task rather than a lack of caring. I personally voted that I use coming events most weeks, sometimes for general interest and reference and other times to plan trips away to attend fairs. I am extremely grateful for this resource and it is not something I can see being offered anywhere else in the foreseable future.

My only solution towards assisting with inputting fairs and dates that I can see would be to use the master Excel template you currently have and have it up as a blank template with just the location. This could be put up towards the last quater of the year to get a fairly early start for the coming year ahead. Still have the coming events forum as it is now and people post the dates, lessee etc to fill in the gaps and moderators transfer this onto your master template as the details come. I appreciate this still requires the resource of someone inputting the dates on the spreadsheet but the research is left to the members to do. A second idea would be whether we can have editable tables month by month put into the coming events forum, again the locations we have from the Excel master could be pre entered and members are left to research and input the dates and lessee. I appreciate this would only be possible if the software permits but it would also allow you to see how many people are a) Viewing the coming events tables and B) How many people are contributing with information. I would like to think people will support this as it is in all our interests to keep this important feature going. The fact is we will only get out what we put in. 

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Dan Thomas    636
Dan Thomas

Hello Bill,

 

I have two suggestions that may help increase contributions to this part of the forum.

 

1. Make the process of adding details as simple as possible. The ideal scenario would a form, perhaps at the top of the home page. 'Enter a fair!' Dates, location, leasee. This depends on the forum software but might be possible.

 

2. The second idea could expand on and work well with the above. That being a separate rating for each user for fairs added. I imagine many members like adding photos etc because they gain reputations through the number of likes. However, I hazard a guess that perhaps the coming events posts aren't liked as much as other types of posts. By adding another rating....it could offer an incentive and even generate some competition.

 

For those not able to add events, whose rating may sit on zero, I personally don't see this as an issue....

 

Dan

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Scott Turner    565
Scott Turner

Hi Bill.

 

I think the lack of response is probably the same reason as I have not, I simply don't have a solution. Sadly you can't force people to share info. Some people just don't. Its the same with other hobbies, certain people, you find just aren't interested in sharing.

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Gary Witcomb    15,243
Gary Witcomb

its a shame we cant just use the posters as coming events entries, they would just need to be automatically but in date order ??

or

Possible use the clubs to post coming event posters so how 

 

just thinking aloud

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Waltzerman    11,771
Waltzerman
2 hours ago, Gary Witcomb said:

its a shame we cant just use the posters as coming events entries, they would just need to be automatically but in date order ??

 

 

 

I also think the same as Gary the posters :)

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Bill Edwards    11,020
Bill Edwards

I am grateful for all your suggestions, and whilst not wishing to appear negative, I will run through them with 'the other side of the coin' :)

 

21 hours ago, Simon Deery said:

I believe that is more a sign that people are possibly struggling to find a solution that will greatly assist with what is a mammoth task rather than a lack of caring.

 

That is a possibility, but I also put forward four ideas of my own in the first post and NO ONE commented on those either!

 

21 hours ago, Simon Deery said:

My only solution towards assisting with inputting fairs and dates that I can see would be to use the master Excel template you currently have and have it up as a blank template with just the location.

 

The problem isn't with inputting the data. I am happy to do that, but with a little assistance :) I simply don't have time to research every event without details, if every member who uses the Coming Events researched just ONE event with missing details we wouldn't have a problem. I asked if anyone wanted to volunteer with a few minutes of their time and he silence was deafening.

 

19 hours ago, Dan Thomas said:

1. Make the process of adding details as simple as possible. The ideal scenario would a form, perhaps at the top of the home page. 'Enter a fair!' Dates, location, leasee. This depends on the forum software but might be possible.

 

Unfortunately a form isn't possible using the Forum Software. However we have a "Coming Events" forum where members can add details of events and as it's part of the forum there is no learning curve and every member already has access - but it simply isn't used as it could be.

 

19 hours ago, Dan Thomas said:

2. The second idea could expand on and work well with the above. That being a separate rating for each user for fairs added. I imagine many members like adding photos etc because they gain reputations through the number of likes. However, I hazard a guess that perhaps the coming events posts aren't liked as much as other types of posts. By adding another rating....it could offer an incentive and even generate some competition.

 

If members used the existing Coming Events forum they would get likes/thanks. It isn't possible to set up a separate system purely for Coming Events though.

 

19 hours ago, Scott Turner said:

I think the lack of response is probably the same reason as I have not, I simply don't have a solution.

 

That is a possibility, but I also put forward four ideas of my own in the first post and NO ONE commented on those either!

 

3 hours ago, Gary Witcomb said:

its a shame we cant just use the posters as coming events entries, they would just need to be automatically but in date order ??

 

We could do that. If the date of the event were entered in the correct format, they would automatically be date sorted. It's a variation of the system we tried last year with a forum for each month and events entered by members. Very few members bothered. This system would be much easier for me as it would be less work, however we would lost virtually ALL the functionality we currently have - the ability to filter, sort etc.

 

3 hours ago, Gary Witcomb said:

Possible use the clubs to post coming event posters

 

Again possible, but the restrictions as above would still apply.

 

 

 

Of the four ideas I put forward above - if 1 & 2 were actioned and members helped, the current format would be just about sustainable :)

 

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