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4.0 - RSVP Enhancements in Calendar

IP.Calendar has supported an RSVP system for events for the last several versions, and this has been a well received addition to Calendar. Where allowed, users can request RSVP for events submitted to the calendar, and where allowed, other users can RSVP (and subsequently un-RSVP) for these events. This functionality is useful for real-world events being coordinated through your site to help event organizers know who will attend. Some minor but useful enhancements have been made to the RSVP functionality in calendar for 4.0.


RSVP Limits

Often times, you may only have a limited number of spots available for an event. You may only be able to accommodate 10 users or 20 users at an event, and you typically will know this up front. Subsequently, it makes sense to limit the number of users who can RSVP for a given event in such scenarios. To this end, event submitters can now limit the number of RSVP responses allowed on a per-event basis. If you know only 10 users can be accommodated at an event, you may now specify this up front.


Yes? No? Maybe?

While being able to RSVP for an event is useful, many users online are familiar with other attendance systems that allow you to specify yes, no or maybe when RSVP support is available. In other words, instead of simply allowing you to say "yes I'm coming", sometimes it is just as useful to allow users to specify they are not coming, or that they might attend (in which case the organizer may plan to have extra food available, for example). The 4.0 Calendar will now support yes/no/maybe responses when RSVP is requested for an event.
One caveat to mention - when an upper RSVP limit has been specified, the "Maybe" option is not available. A gray area becomes apparent when there is a limit to the number of attendees allowed for an event and users begin to RSVP as "maybe". Does that fill up a spot? If not, what if they decide to come after all? It is much clearer for all involved to simply limit responses to yes or no when there is an attendee limit specified for an event.


When you have RSVP'd for an event, you will be presented with the option to leave the event in case you change your mind.





Download guest list

When RSVP has been enabled for an event, anyone who can see the list of attendees will be able to download a guest list in PDF format. This is especially useful for the event organizer in case they need to print out the guest list to bring with them to the event.


RSVP for imported events

When you configure iCalendar feed imports in the admin control panel, you will now be able to enable or disable RSVP status for events from the feed. As the administrator, you had no control over whether events imported from a feed had RSVP enabled or not in previous versions of Calendar. As of 4.0, you can specify whether to enable or disable RSVP for imported events on a per-feed basis.

As with 3.x, events exported through iCalendar feeds will include the attendee list with them.

When events are imported through an iCalendar feed, if an attendee is specified (through the iCalendar specification) and that attendee is also a member of your site (based on their email address), the member on your site will automatically be set as RSVP'd for the event.



We believe these several minor but useful enhancements to the RSVP capabilities in Calendar will make the feature more useful in real world usage scenarios, and will allow you and your event coordinators to get more out of Calendar than ever before.

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First question - Enhancements are great, however will people now be able to RSVP from a calender media link within the forum? Often you create an event and a post to go with it and if its already there on the post there is more chance of it being used

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A couple of questions that come to mind.

When creating an event, can you make it so someone clicks either Yes or No with no choice of Maybe (even if there is no preset upper limit)?


Also, can a deadline be set for the RSVP prior to the event itself? Otherwise, someone could RSVP the day before a large picnic or something and then be like, "I did the RSVP..." when they're told that there aren't enough seats.

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Can someone will be able to remove his RSVP in case he cannot attend the meeting (schedule change) so people will know there is one more space available.

 

This make me think about a option for a queue first one get advise a place is open he has 8-10-12-24 hours to pick it up. The second one will be invite when time expire

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First question - Enhancements are great, however will people now be able to RSVP from a calender media link within the forum? Often you create an event and a post to go with it and if its already there on the post there is more chance of it being used

 

The way events embed into content areas is changing in 4.0 and we will talk about this in due course.  I suspect this functionality may be enabled in calendar embedded blocks, yes.

 

This is sexy.

 

Quick question SLIGHTLY off-topic... is there a way to link an event to a gallery and create a synergy between the two? Such that an event's photo stream appears on its page?

 

Stay tuned...

 

A couple of questions that come to mind.

When creating an event, can you make it so someone clicks either Yes or No with no choice of Maybe (even if there is no preset upper limit)?


Also, can a deadline be set for the RSVP prior to the event itself? Otherwise, someone could RSVP the day before a large picnic or something and then be like, "I did the RSVP..." when they're told that there aren't enough seats.

 

No, you cannot "disable" maybe at this time (though you could set an upper limit of 10000 when adding an event, for instance, which would in effect do that).

 

At this time there is no separate deadline for RSVP.  I recommend posting feature requests in the appropriate forum for consideration in future updates. :)

 

Can someone will be able to remove his RSVP in case he cannot attend the meeting (schedule change) so people will know there is one more space available.

 

This make me think about a option for a queue first one get advise a place is open he has 8-10-12-24 hours to pick it up. The second one will be invite when time expire

 

You can "Leave event" once you have RSVP'd, which will un-RSVP you from the event.

 

It would be cool if users could purchase event tickets using cryptocurrency.

 

Integration with Nexus for things like ticket purchases is something we indeed have been considering.  I don't believe this will make it into 4.0, but it's something we're keen to keep an eye on for future releases, and absolutely a third party developer could build such a capability even now.

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Question:

 

In the current iteration of ipboard. for reoccuring events that allow for rsvp, the rsvp never resets week to week or scheduled event to scheduled event and instead keeps the original rsvper's from the first scheduled event as rsvp's for the subsequent events making it hard to know who is actually rsvping NOW and who isn't.  Has this changed?

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Is it possible for the user who posted the event (and possibly even those who have RSVP'd yes or maybe) to receive a notification for RSVP's?

Also, I would REALLY like it if anyone who is following a calendar or who has RSVP'd for an event would receive a notice for any changes to that event.  Is this possible?

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Huh.  I sure would like to get some sort of response to my question.  This is not making me very interested in purchasing.

​If you want an official reply from IPS you should submit a ticket or post a new topic in the pre-sales questions (both IPS staff and other users will see it). It's rare that people will reply to such old blog entries. I only saw your comment because I was still subscribed to it.

 

As for your question I never used RSVP myself so I'm not sure if you can get notifications about them.

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