ODK community calendar?

(Michael Downey) #1

I don't think this is urgent but something I was thinking about as a potential feature of the forum...

I noticed that there is a growing number of "real time" events/meetings by various sub-groups, e.g., PMC, ODK 1 TSC, ODK 1 & 2 developer meetings, etc. I am always wary of adding plugins to Discourse, but this one, the Discourse Events plugin, seemed interesting. It basically creates a special category with its own custom UI for scheduling & showing upcoming events, their dates/times, and special details like notes/links/etc.:

An example of one such installation can be seen at https://discourse.angusmcleod.com.au/c/events/l/agenda.

Does anyone else see potential value in something like this? Maybe if not now, perhaps in the future as events become more commonplace? I may also be crazy for over-designing this, so feel free to say so if you disagree strongly. :slight_smile:

(Yaw Anokwa) #2

This is a pretty sweet plugin. I think the fact that it puts all the meetings in one place would increase the visibility of meetings and thus participation. I'm a +1 for adding it.

(Michael Downey) #3

FWIW i'm not 100% sold on the UI as it looks on the example site. But maybe some CSS tweaks, or minor customization/hacking on the plugin could fix that.

(Yaw Anokwa) #4

I've added the plugin and you can see it at work here: ODK 1 TSC Call - 2018-01-10.

(Michael Downey) #5

Cool ... are there specific categories where this feature is enabled? I see that it's on #development but wasn't sure of others.

(Yaw Anokwa) #6

Just on #development because that's where we've had meetings. I've also enabled it on #community and #governance (and the sub categories). We can turn it on more as needed.

(Michael Downey) #7

That's probably fine. It looks like there's a top menu item Agenda that can be added to the navigation bar, or found through https://forum.opendatakit.org/agenda and it will roll-up all events across all categories. Pretty cool.

(Yaw Anokwa) #8

There seems to be a bug (filed at https://meta.discourse.org/t/events-plugin-calendar/69776/55) that caused me some pain. I'll delay on putting the top menu item until we figure it out...

(Yaw Anokwa) #9

@W_Brunette Might be good to use this calendaring option for ODK 2 dev calls.