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I have been testing the 'Allow Visitors to Add Events' feature. There are two areas where a change, or a workaround, would greatly benefit what I need to do for my users.

I have chosen 'Visitors may add Public Events' option, because I am not always available to approve them on a timely fashion. I also use the 'Allow access only by specific members (listed below)' feature, so only folks with passwords can access the calendar.

But I need to use a 'master' event which I have created, and placed in the calendar on a specific date. I want folks to be able to go to that 'master' event and then modify it for what they want to have.

That would require a couple of options not now currently available with the 'Add Event' feature:
1. On the Calendar, in addition to 'Add Event' would be a 'Edit Event' button. [I know that a code is created to edit each specific event, but not everyone knows that code, and it changes each time a modification is made.]
2. When the 'Edit Event' screen pops up, I would like a 'Save as Copy' option added, just like the owner has when he accesses 'My Calendar'.

Are either/both of these feasible?

P.S. I normally post under 'OPwebmaster', but I own this subscription under 'OJPpatrol'.


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An interesting idea, but it would require all sorts of changes and controls to work properly/safely.

Being able to designate other calendar admins is probably the closest we will get to providing the functionality you outline.
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Marc:
 
Being able to designate other calendar admins is probably the closest we will get to providing the functionality you outline.

Not sure how to designate other administrators, other than just giving them the Sign-On name and Password that I use. Is that what you mean?


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Well, you know right now when you add people on the Security page it says "view only" next to their user name? I imagine there would be a dropdown or something similar to select "edit privileges"
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Marc:

That would be great.

Keep us informed regarding the timetable for implementation.


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Marc:

How are you coming on your fix for items #1 and #2 on my initial post of Aug. 11, 2015?

I really would like to get this implemented. My calendar 'OJPpatrol' is not being used because my current workarounds are just too complicated for folks who don't use Localendar on a frequent basis.


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So the designated admins never worked for you I am guessing? That was our solution to the issue.

The "save as copy" does seem possible for public events.. I still don't see a clear way to implement the "master" event type you suggest. At least, not in any way that seems simple enough for most people.

Maybe some type of "Add Event" where you had to chose from a predefined list of different events? What information would that "template event" need to let you define? What would the visitor have to fill in?
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Marc: quotes from various posts in this thread.
You said:
 
Being able to designate other calendar admins is probably the closest we will get to providing the functionality you outline.

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Not sure how to designate other administrators, other than just giving them the Sign-On name and Password that I use. Is that what you mean?
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Well, you know right now when you add people on the Security page it says "view only" next to their user name? I imagine there would be a dropdown or something similar to select "edit privileges"
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So the designated admins never worked for you I am guessing? That was our solution to the issue.

I assume you mean on the Sharing->View Permissions page? There is no 'edit privlleges' on my Localendars.

You also said today:
 
The "save as copy" does seem possible for public events.. I still don't see a clear way to implement the "master" event type you suggest. At least, not in any way that seems simple enough for most people.

Maybe some type of "Add Event" where you had to chose from a predefined list of different events? What information would that "template event" need to let you define? What would the visitor have to fill in?


It would be great to have a template event. If you go here:
http://www.ottawapark.org/reference/images/VTPFIllIn_Localendar_1.png
I have a form set up, and have marked what folks would fill in. The green arrows point to items that they would fill in or select, and the red 'X's' are things I do NOT want them to be able to change.

Maybe that will give you a better idea of what can be done here.

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Marc:

Still haven't had a reply from you to my Aug. 8, 2016 post. I think it answered all of the questions/suggestions that you had.


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Yes, you did answer the questions.. and ultimately this is a very specific enhancement that will require a good chunk of time to implement.

Frankly, I'm still not even sure exactly how we could do this and maintain a decent level of usability. We don't want to become a form-building site (that's why we incorporated JotForm)

I think it would be more likely that we would expose an API for advanced users, and they could wire that API to their own site to create events. There are problems with exposing an API though, which is why we have been holding back on sharing some of our work in that space.

I have seen third-party plugins that create Google Calendar entries from Google Forms (see, even Google has this as a completely separate product) like https://zapier.com/zapbook/zaps/542/use-a-google-form-to-add-new-events-to-a-google-calendar/

You could of course, potentially merge that Google calendar's iCal feed into your localendar.
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