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wyndwoman

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  1. Do you have this situation come up often? If so, one possible solution is to change your calendar structure a bit.

    Instead of mixing in all of the 10 school-specific calendars into the district calendar, try this when you're setting up events and do not have that calendar mix-in to your District calendar.

    • If an event on a school calendar should also show on the district calendar, click the "Also shows on" box next to District Calendar. If it should not show on the district calendar, don't click that box.
    • If you have a lot of events and few of them fall into this category, it's probably not worth it to make this structural change. You'd have to go through each event that's already posted and change each one.
    • On the other hand, if most of your school events should NOT be on the District Calendar, this may be the way to go.

    I thought of one other possibility if you've only got a few events to handle differently.

    • Under the individual school calendar, create a sub-calendar for shool-specific events. Put the school-specific event on it.
    • For the mix-in settings on the school calendar, mix in the school-specific sub-calendar.
    • On the District calendar, mix in the school calendar, but NOT the school-specific sub calendar.

    I have not tested this, but I think it might work.


  2. Boy, that's mean and of questionable ethics, but I don't think there's a way to do it at the software level.

    I think the only way you could do it is if your site were hosted on your own network. Then your administrator could set some address blocking at the router level, but it wouldn't be very effective. The thief would just have to change computers and would be right back at it.

    What about copyrighting your material? Then at least you'd have some basis upon which to bring legal action. Depending on the sophistication of your competitor, sometimes all it takes is a letter written in legalese on an attorney's letterhead.

    Good luck. And remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. :D


  3. We need to be able to keep track of two kinds of events in the church:

    (1) Public events that will be advertised on the website through a calendar spud and

    (2) Private events such as rentals that will not be advertised on the website.

    I've set up a system where I've got a top level "container" calendar that has all of the public events divided up into sub calendars, like worship, religious education, committee meetings, etc. I've mixed these into the top level calendar and added spuds for that calendar to the site. It's all good.

    I've set up another top-level container calendar that has sub calendars for all of the private events, rentals, etc. I was planning to publish this as a "master" calendar, mixing in absolutely all of the sub calendars, so that you can see everything that's going on in the church at the same time, both public and private. (the conference template works beautifully for this, if you can divide it up by room. See my post in web developers about this subject) This calendar would be published as non-searchable and password protected so that only certain people (like the office staff, committee chairs, etc) can look at it and see everything that's going on, and all the rooms that are being used on any given day.

    When you're managing a resource like a room, you need to be able to schedule an event for both the actual time that the event is taking place (the public part of the event) AND the setup and cleanup time.

    I've added some custom fields for setup and clean up times. I want these to display when someone goes to the master calendar, so they can see when a room is actually committed. I don't want them to display in the public calendars (the public doesn't care or need to know about setup and cleanup).

    Is there a way of structuring the calendars that would allow me to hide these field when I mix them into one calendar, but show them when I mix them into a different calendar?

    In the alternative, I'm thinking that I can have a separate calendar just for setups and cleanups. I'd have to figure out a reasonably streamlined process for the secretary, who abhors any kind of duplicative effort, to use the "copy event" and perhaps the "also shows on" functions to add in the setup and cleanup time.

    Have any other users run into the setup/cleanup time problem? How have you handled it?

     


  4. The first thing I thought of is that you may have copied and pasted your description from another source. Sometimes when you do that, the text contains returns that aren't obvious in it's original setting. This may have been responsible for your short lines.

    When I have to copy and paste something into a web-bound document, I often paste the text first into Notepad. This makes the "hidden" returns obvious so that I can fix them before copying and pasting back into the html document. (It also clears all the formatting so I have virgin text for my new document, and no formatting hassles.)


  5. I love the News calendar template and can think of lots of great ways to use it, but it occurs to me that we could use a New promotion spud too. It would be like the "upcoming events" widget, only instead of displaying x number of future events, it would display x number of past events.

    I have a calendar called Social Justice Alerts, which I've formatted as news. The Social Justice Committee chair can post things whenever she wants and the page on our website will update immediately. She'll use today's date when she posts them.

    On the front page, I want to have an index of the social justice alerts that will list the "headlines" for the last three things that were posted. It could be called something like "Recent items from Social Justice Alerts." The upcoming events widget won't work because there won't be any future events on the social justice page, only today and things in the past.


  6. I've been very busy evaluating the calendar and I think it's an awesome product. I've also been very pleased with your quick responses to all of my questions and issues so far.

    I have set up a "social justice alerts" calendar in addition to the regular church calendar. The SJA calendar is published with the news template, and looks great embedded in the page. I would like people to be able to subscribe themselves to the calendar, which seems to mean that I have to set up an email schedule. However, I don't want to send out the calendar on any particular schedule. I just want emails to go out when when I update the calendar (or publish it, or some other trigger that says "I've added a new alert and I want people to know about it.")

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