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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #1

Hey folks,

We've been planning to add a feature for a while to td.events to enable folks with tickets in the same timeslot to be able to contact each other ahead of the event. Originally we thought of a mini-forum for each timeslot but that would probably end up requiring moderation so that idea was discarded.

The current idea is to add a button to the account page ( td.events/account ), along with a note at the top of the timeslot listing page pointing to it, that would allow folks to OPTIONALLY:

1. Type in their True Dungeon forum username that would be visible to ALL users who view a specific timeslot page (eg td.events/conventions/vtd3b/slots/18124 ). This username would not be validated so there is a chance for malicious behavior but I think that would be minor.

2. Type in a contact email address that would be visible ONLY to users who have purchased a ticket for the timeslot when they view the specific timeslot page. The td.events site would not validate this email so again there is a chance someone would enter a bogus email address.

3. Type in a short (250 character max?) statement that would be visible ONLY to users who have purchased a ticket for the timeslot. This could be used as a free form contact field for things like Twitter/Facebook/etc usernames or it could just be an introduction or an outlet for your Vogon cosplay poetry.

I'll be implementing this within the next day or so - if you have any ideas for improvements let me know. I'll check back here later in the day. Thanks!

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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #2

Doug Martin wrote: Hey folks,

We've been planning to add a feature for a while to td.events to enable folks with tickets in the same timeslot to be able to contact each other ahead of the event. Originally we thought of a mini-forum for each timeslot but that would probably end up requiring moderation so that idea was discarded.

The current idea is to add a button to the account page ( td.events/account ), along with a note at the top of the timeslot listing page pointing to it, that would allow folks to OPTIONALLY:

1. Type in their True Dungeon forum username that would be visible to ALL users who view a specific timeslot page (eg td.events/conventions/vtd3b/slots/18124 ). This username would not be validated so there is a chance for malicious behavior but I think that would be minor.

2. Type in a contact email address that would be visible ONLY to users who have purchased a ticket for the timeslot when they view the specific timeslot page. The td.events site would not validate this email so again there is a chance someone would enter a bogus email address.

3. Type in a short (250 character max?) statement that would be visible ONLY to users who have purchased a ticket for the timeslot. This could be used as a free form contact field for things like Twitter/Facebook/etc usernames or it could just be an introduction or an outlet for your Vogon cosplay poetry.

I'll be implementing this within the next day or so - if you have any ideas for improvements let me know. I'll check back here later in the day. Thanks!


Will URL's be allowed in the short message? Being able to provide a link back to the forums might be handy.
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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #3

I dislike option 1, because then it becomes a question of "which" forum username? The one that appears on posts? Or the one that appears when you send someone a message?

Option 3 allows the person to put in the information from 1 or 2 if they want, so seems like the most flexible solution to me.

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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #4

I'm not a fan of 2. as it appears to give extra authority to emails.

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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #5

Not Vogon poetry! Have mercy!

Seriously I do like the idea of bring able to link up with others in the group who don't get on the forums or FB group.

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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #6

My concern would be someone potentially being bullied out of the class they have by someone who purchased a ticket for the run after them.

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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #7

Love the idea, if it can be linked to the forum it would be ideal, but otherwise the information being available to just the group with tickets is a good compromise.
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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #8

#3 sounds good if we can put a link to a forum thread in it
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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #9

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Ryan Gresch wrote: My concern would be someone potentially being bullied out of the class they have by someone who purchased a ticket for the run after them.

That could theoretically happen with the forum postings for each time, but I've yet to see it. Feels really unlikely.

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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #10

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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #11

Much as I like the idea of a uniform method of contact, I like the idea of a freeform text box for each individual to put whatever method of contact works best for them even more.

#3 is my favorite.

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What are your thoughts on how to let folks contact each other on td.events? 4 months 1 week ago #12

#3 but allow a custom statement per timeslot, not just one per account, so we can link to the individual forum thread for that specific run. i.e. I would actually put the feature on the timeslot page not the account page.
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