Nottinghack Wiki talk:Current events

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This event is finished and we don't have a mention of the Arduino workshop. I don't think the Wiki is a good way to manage events! --Dominic 19:48, 24 March 2011 (GMT)

Mediawiki can display calendars with one-off events and recurring events that are easy to manage (and it can export iCal) if we install suitable extensions. On Weds, Matt and James were strongly opposed to installing this though, and I don't understand why --Marcus 22:59, 24 March 2011 (GMT)

What we don't want is for our event calendars to fragment and get confusing. The wiki is awesome for planning events, but the confirmed events should go in the google calendar so that they are pulled in the main website. The details for the event go on the main site too - our public face. James 19:11, 25 March 2011 (GMT)

We also need a way to schedule internal events and tasks. I don't think this stuff would interest people visiting the main website. Two calendars wouldn't be confusing: one with the confirmed public-facing events, and another for internal or unconfirmed things. There is little risk of fragmenting, since google calendar and the wiki extensions both support iCal we can aggregate everything into one calendar if needed.
I agree with the unconfirmed part - the wiki is exactly the right place to be planning future events before they become confirmed. I'm not so sure about the internal one; things that we are doing (such as Maker Faire, Uncaged Monkeys, etc) we definitely want the "public" to see - that way they can become excited about more things and join us :) So for just planning unconfirmed events on the wiki, do we need a calendar? I don't think so, as most of the time the biggest thing in event planning to sort out is the date anyway! Each potential event should have a page in a set category (probably Potential Events) where people can talk about it and set out the structure of it before it is confirmed. The wiki page will continue to act as the planning for the event even after it is confirmed (probably a category change in order there) and as a historical record after the event (another category change) James 16:54, 28 March 2011 (BST)

On a related note, any idea why this page is in the Nottinghack Wiki namespace?? James 19:11, 25 March 2011 (GMT)