Suggestion for RJ grand poobahs

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    Mar 18, 2008 12:41 PM GMT
    There seems to be a growing number of guys here trying to organize meetups and what not. Might there be some additional functionality that could be added to assist with these types of activities? There may be something already and I'm just too slow to see it. At any rate, I imagine it would be a terrific selling point for travel sites interested in advertising here.

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    Mar 18, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    I know what you mean...maybe something could be put in the weekly email message about all the potential meet-ups? Could the site admin send an email to specific areas for events like these?

    I love the idea of having one for the MD, DC, VA area, but I think there's only a handful of guys in the area that are regulars on the forums, so it's probably not the best way to promote it.
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    Mar 18, 2008 5:55 PM GMT
    joescorpio1970 said
    I love the idea of having one for the MD, DC, VA area, but I think there's only a handful of guys in the area that are regulars on the forums, so it's probably not the best way to promote it.


    I'd have gone to one of those when I lived in Richmond. However...that was some time ago.
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    Mar 18, 2008 6:24 PM GMT
    The one we had here in Austin last month was very nice. People just need to set a place and time rathe than just talking about it. If people show up, they do. If not, invite a friend with so you don't sit there by yourself.
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    Mar 18, 2008 7:45 PM GMT
    i want to go to the next one in austin, but it has to be at a place where i can get in icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 18, 2008 7:56 PM GMT
    The main problem I was having with setting up the Austin meetup was that the post pretty much had to be on the home page in order to be seen. Some guys' visits here are fleeting and chances are they wouldn't see the post. That meant I had to add replies to keep the thread going, which was a bit of an abuse of the forum system.

    Still, we had a fairly decent turnout despite this encumberance.
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    Mar 18, 2008 8:07 PM GMT
    maybe a RJ calendar might be a good addition to the site. Y9ou could incorporate the meet ups and other events that are relevant to the RJ community.
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    Mar 18, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    Would it be enough to list meet-ups on the RJ home page, like the workout programs and man of the day?

    I saw the DC/MD/VA announcement yesterday, but, at 65 didn't want to be the first one to say yes lest I scare off the younger guys.
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    Mar 18, 2008 8:18 PM GMT
    assuming it's not a real bitch to program, an "events calendar" would be good.

    for example, if you create Pub night in Austin, you can choose for it to show up for people in Austin, and whatever other areas you want it to show up in. maybe in the top bar it could notify people registered in those regions that something new has been added?

    it feels fairly facebook-ish but it could be handy/effective so as not to have to scan the forums every time.
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    Mar 18, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    there's actually already a really good calendar program:
    Google calendar.

    i use it for everything...school, work, frat stuff, personal stuff, work out stuff, etc. yall should check it out
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    Mar 18, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX saidThe main problem I was having with setting up the Austin meetup was that the post pretty much had to be on the home page in order to be seen. Some guys' visits here are fleeting and chances are they wouldn't see the post. That meant I had to add replies to keep the thread going, which was a bit of an abuse of the forum system.

    Still, we had a fairly decent turnout despite this encumberance.


    Yeah, that's exactly the problem I've been running into - the 'how do I keep it visible' issue (no dirty comments, boys).
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    Mar 18, 2008 9:33 PM GMT
    This is a very good suggestion. Even when useing the forums and trying to keep a post in the thread so it stays near the top, there are so many people posting at once that it only lasts for a few seconds till it gets bummped down. You would need a post bot or something to keep posting something new every 3 sec to keep it at top most of the time. An RJ calander or even just a side thread type deal could be good.
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    Mar 18, 2008 9:36 PM GMT
    As you say, a link from the homepage just listing the meeting dates and times alphabetically would be cool. I know one is trying to be set up in the SF bay area but like you've mentioned, it's hard to keep it active on the forum. Geographical emails would be nice but I'm sure they would be a pain for the sys admin. Perhaps include a simple field for users to populate if they want area information.
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    Mar 18, 2008 11:15 PM GMT
    Jeff from RJ here. Great suggestions guys. We have a bigger project lined up for this summer to do events right so that they're integrated into the site, etc. We can't do it right now because we have some must-do projects that have to happen first to keep the site running -- cost reduction, behind the scenes projects mostly.

    That said, perhaps a simple Google calendar embed would work as a stop-gap until we get to that point. I'll look into it.

    Thanks,
    Jeff
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    Mar 18, 2008 11:25 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX saidThe main problem I was having with setting up the Austin meetup was that the post pretty much had to be on the home page in order to be seen. Some guys' visits here are fleeting and chances are they wouldn't see the post. That meant I had to add replies to keep the thread going, which was a bit of an abuse of the forum system.

    Still, we had a fairly decent turnout despite this encumberance.


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    Mar 19, 2008 3:50 AM GMT
    jeffinsf saidJeff from RJ here. Great suggestions guys. We have a bigger project lined up for this summer to do events right so that they're integrated into the site, etc. We can't do it right now because we have some must-do projects that have to happen first to keep the site running -- cost reduction, behind the scenes projects mostly.

    That said, perhaps a simple Google calendar embed would work as a stop-gap until we get to that point. I'll look into it.

    Thanks,
    Jeff


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    Mar 19, 2008 4:05 AM GMT
    That's great news, thanks Jeff. Nice to see they are watching out for us. It's a good thing to bring up these issue I guess icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 24, 2008 11:04 AM GMT
    Somebody smuggle me out of here when you guys meet up, ROFL.