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What are some features you'd like us to add next?

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  • I’m A-OK
    Two suggestions...

    1. Change "Add a new plan" form fields so they match calendar software

    Outlook has Subject, Location, Date
    iCal has Event name, Location, Date
    Plancast has Event name, Date, Location

    The Outlook/iCal order makes more sense to me. As I'm adding an event, the information order in my head is "Event ... at Location ... on Date". Might be worth doing split testing and see which set of users are able to add events faster?

    2. In the "You've added..." interface, add an option like, "Don't show this window again"

    This is for us people who will never post the event to social networks. It's so weird adding an event and then having to click "No thanks" on the next screen each time. Having to say no, over and over again. :/

    Ps. Love the site, love the service.
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  • I’m confident
    Mark, not sure if someone asked it already, but what about the option to add a photo to an event, which may be the invitation image or a company logo or else?
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  • On the home page, the two main views I'm interested in are:

    A. My friends' plans (anywhere, because we travel)
    B. All plans in my local area

    At the moment, if I have it set on my city, this means that:

    1. I can see my friends' plans "everywhere" (for A)
    2. Then I click on All Plans but it's still set to "everywhere"
    3. I change the location to my city (for B)

    But then I have to repeat steps 1-3 (or 3-1) every time I visit the site.

    So my suggestion is: let us "pin" extra configurations to the left side navigation? Then we can have, for example:

    - Friends' Plans everywhere
    - Friends' Plans in my current city
    - Friends' Plans in another city that I'm visiting
    - All Plans in my current city
    - All Plans in another city that I'm visiting
    - etc
    • Thanks for pointing this issue out -- I sympathize especially with the fact that it's pretty useless to see "all plans" going on everywhere.

      We'll have to think about how pinning-type functionality would work given the overall user experience, but I think a simpler short term fix might be to always show local plans in the "all plans" tab, even if you've selected "everywhere" on a different one.

      Would that satisfy most of your needs here?
    • Yes :) Or maybe change it so the "location" setting doesn't carry over from one view to another? That way users can set different configurations, but still get the option to view All Plans (everywhere) if they want?
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  • I’m hopeful you will see the ROI to fix this problem
    How about adding the When and Where fields to your RSS feed so that we can actually use that to feed already existing widgets, websites, scripts, applications, plugins and a host of other services that accept standard RSS feeds as input? Potentially a big bang for a small buck. Without the When and Where fields (currently the feed only has the title and description) it's pretty useless for these kinds of automatic information updates.
    • We currently add meta-data to the RSS feed that includes the plan's start and stop times, along with the location.

      The idea was that everything would be in its proper place, the title of the plan in the title tag, the description in the description tag. With the start and stop times in the dcterms:valid tag and the location in the dc:coverage tag. I'm guessing you're asking for this information in the description tag?
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  • I’m still frustrated
    What I would like is for the Title, Date (and time would be good too), Location, and Description to show up in a feed reader say like Google Reader. Currently the RSS feed only contains the Title, who posted it, and Description data.

    The Date and Location information IS NOT INCLUDED in the feed display. Go look, add this to a feed reader as an example. If you see any location or time info in any of the feed items it's because someone repeated that info in the description field.

    This has been broken for at least 4 months that I know of.
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  • I’m still frustrated
    If I look at the raw RSS feed I see for example (space added to tags to preserve the formatting):

    <item>
    < title><![CDATA[O'Reilly Strata Conference: The Business of Data]]></title>
    < link>http://plancast.com/p/28gy</link>
    < description><![CDATA[http://strataconf.com]]></description>
    < pubDate>Thu, 09 Sep 2010 23:11:31 +0000</pubDate>
    < guid isPermaLink="false">a104290@plancast.com</guid>
    < dc:creator>Dev Khare</dc:creator>
    < dcterms:valid>
    start=2011-02-01T00:00:00+0000;
    end=2011-02-04T00:00:00+0000;
    scheme=W3C-DTF;
    < /dcterms:valid>
    < dc:coverage>
    name=Santa Clara, CA;
    north=37.354108;
    east=-121.955236;
    < /dc:coverage>
    < /item>

    You are putting in the Date and Location in the < dcterms> and < dc:coverage> Dublin Core tags, but no reader I can find, including Feedburner is able to parse that. What Feedburner (which handles pretty much every kind of feed) sees for the above is:

    O'Reilly Strata Conference: The Business of Data (09/09/2010 04:11)
    http://strataconf.com

    Notice the date is the date of the posting, not the day of the event.

    Just putting something in the feed is not sufficient, you have to check the results.

    So since readers are not displaying those items maybe you can stuff that info into the description?
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  • I’m annoyed
    I keep getting emails about invitations to SXSW, which I'm not going to. Please allow me to block all invitations that are out of my region. If it's not in LA, I'm not interested.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Please add the ability for event managers/creators to moderate their events. I think your tool is awesome, but sometimes there are 4-6 duplicates of our events from other sources. This makes it hard for us to track where our ticket sales come from in the end. If an event is then merged on Plancast with the wrong information or URL tracking links, it becomes even more of an issue for us.

    I wish there was a way for event managers to moderate their events.
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  • I’m hopeful
    Time zone. Having the default for the account is nice, but for posting events around the globe a simple way to specify the time zone would be much, much easier than doing the manual adjustment.
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  • Making event as child of another event.
    For example, keynote events can be made into child of a convention.
    Then from the event, participants can look up/down/sideway based on that relationship.

    Make it possible to specify details of multi-day events that are not 24 hours a day.
    For example, Event from Monday-Sunday. 08:00-22:00 on Monday-Thursday&Sunday + 08:00-00:00 on Friday-Saturday.

    Partial participation, for users who will not coming to an event from the beginning to the end and want to inform their friends what day and hour they will be coming.
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  • Clone an event. Most of our events are similar. It would make a lot more sense to clone and then change the date, rather than manually re-entering all the same date.
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