Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fixing "recent"

User feedback pointed out that the "my sheets" and "my slots" pages / emails were less than helpful, in that they listed items based on when the item was created, rather than the more intuitive last update. Plus, "my slots" was sorted by sheet rather than by slot.

This has been corrected; all three "my" pages / emails now use the update time to select and sort items in the list. So now when you ask for recent slots, you get a list of recent slots.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"Publish Sheet" is no more

The "Publish" feature was intended to prevent volunteers from signing up for slots before the owner had finished setting up the sheet. But unlike (on which the feature was modeled), sheets are never publicly available; the owner has to give the signup link to each volunteer. Thus there is no need to prevent untimely signups, and so publish is no more. The sheet is ready to go as soon as it is created.

You can still close a sheet to prevent volunteers from signing up, and re-open it later if you change your mind.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Show and hide slot details

A new feature of SignupAhead is that you can select which slot details are shown on the signup link. From the Create or Manage page select "Show slot details" to pick whether you want to show

  • Name, Time, and Description
  • Just Name
  • Name and Description
  • Name and Time

Name, Time, and Description show all the slot details. Use this for sheets like booth duty where you need to specify both a shift time and location.

Just Name only asks for the volunteer's name and email. This is perfect for when you just need a list of names, like people attending a seminar.

Name and Description is useful for potlucks and barbecues, where you want people to sign up to bring something, but everyone will be arriving at the same time.

Name and Time works well for classroom volunteers or preparing meals for a family with a newborn, when you need people to cover specific dates or times.