I think that there has to be a way to distinguish live and virtual events. Live ones occur at a single time relevant to their location. But virtual events occur at a different time depending where you are.
We do a monthly virtual event and if people don't download the calendar item, they get really confused. I do add a big note telling them to check a listing at timeanddate.com but it is still far from perfect.
I agree this is an important issue that needs to be resolved!
I'll add my vote to a fix or workaround solution on this one!
Having just spent 3 years on another (non-ning) site that struggled with this, I understand from a developer's point-of-view it apparently is not easy.
Add to that the fact that the ning I'm launching 76 test members working it now -- in prep for a Feb. 1 launch -- confusion and chaos is reigning at the moment!!!
I teach English to adult speakers of other languages on and from my ning -- so the added confusion of having members be non-native English speakers is another dimension / hurdle I work with.
Not only I but many other educators and members will be listing group events (with attendees from all time zones!) on the same calendar.
ANYTHING to simplify the process would be appreciated.
I have opted for GMT site setting, and list all classes at GMT.
I have created a tutorial screencast video trying to explain how to convert your time.
I have a page with 24 hour comparative time zones listed (***but know that chaos will rise again with each daylight saving time! -- and know that I will not always remember to update those calendars -- and that even if I update that page some members will have already copied the existing charts for their reference!) Time zone issues are just a challenge.
http://EnglishWorldwide.ning.com = currently only a static home page; come Feb. 1st, 2012 will be live to the world --
One thing I'm considering, that MAY make things easier (for me? for members?) is to add TOKBOX and use that for any free class listings.
...and reserve the Events Calendar only for classes that charge a fee... but I don't like this idea for lots of reasons...
This will be one of the biggest challenges to the success of my site.
Any ideas -- especially after Feb. 1 when you can see what's happening -- are most welcomed!
Holly- One thing I do for meetings I organize is to create a page at timeanddate.com for my event that shows the right time in every major time zone around the world. In the event on ning, I check all day and then in the text say: it's not all day, check the time in your area here (with a link to the event page at timeanddate).
To Ning: At a minimum, it would help if one could just enter the time zone next to the time of the event on Ning. That wouldn't be a difficult programming thing. (I do understand that converting times for different viewers is hard).
Thanks everyone -- Please see this discussion
and revisit the ning I'm working on (if you wish to) to view how I've modified it --
Positive feedback already --
and much easier for me.
IF the site doesn't slow down too much because of all the things I've added.... (a bit worried about that),
I am so grateful to the excellent help/support offered by Ning, offered by every contributor here in the creators' forum, too.
Thank you all,