I am posting here as I can’t post in the calendar forum.
I read a comprehensive post over on the VB forum by a user looking for decent calendar integration into his VB forum…
I laughed my butt off as he should come over here and have his mind warped as to what really is going down with regards to decent future development 🙂
Calendar Features needed:
I know this is a long question.
While I can create a separate calendar for each state and their districts I need to be able to do a few things.
Maybe vB can’t but I’m looking for any native or plug-in capability (or future release) or I’ll have to pass on vB for now:
1. Create categories (with sub-categories as a preference)
1.1 Allow events to be members of more than one category (nice but not 100% required)
2. Allow calendar event presentation by selected category
3. View two calendars at the same time with the category selected
4. Enter a start and end time for events
5. RSVP for events
6. Have a place for address entry and google maps support
7. Allow the creation of « region » or « locality » for event (or even something called « groups ») for events.
I’m looking to move somes sites from Joomla and SMF, if you look at Joomla add-in jCal you will see what I’m looking for (but they do not have an RSVP system).
Categories are important – but are needed in addition to multiple calendars.
I can create a different calendar for each state but each state will have events from one (or more) categories.
For instance if I go to PA-Eastern and select « Fishing » I should be able to see only « Fishing » events.
It would be nice if I could select the « multiple calendar view » and select PA-Eastern and PA-Western and see all « Fishing » events from both calendars.
If I could select multiple categories I could look at PA-Eastern « Fishing » and « Boating » concurrently on the same calendar.
If sub categories were employed I could look at PA-Eastern « Fishing…Fly Fishing ».
If Groups were employed I could look at PA « Groups PA-East and PA-West » with category « Fishing » (which could be used to decrease the need for many separate calendars).
Of course having the ability to enter an address may allow search by state, allowing RSVP would allow members to RSVP for and review events they plan on attending.
Link: Calendar Features needed
This user has utterly echoed what I and a load of other forum owners would like to see.
The forum is the core. But the modules such as calendar/events/groups/event location maps etc have to be seamlessly integrated in a manner that is also easy to customise.
I know it seems that the event component is only for event organisers but that is why it’s never been properly developed for. Nonetheless, events go hand in hand with posts and from users to event organisers, loads of people need a decent implementation of this to link events/posts/cms.
I would also like to add that I feel that along with Event RSVP being mega important, I would also like to see a form of subscription where a user can set the level they wish to be notified. For example: they can set to be notified only if an event is created or they can also set to also be notified as that event is discussed.