You can now create an event.
That's a big step, you've just gone from being a participant in the Got Wind and Water Meetup Group to being one of the people who make this happen for other members. Yikes!
Creating an Event for Newbies
When I changed your role in the group, I sent you the following email:
You're now an Event Organizer for Got Wind and Water . . .
I've just made you an Event Organizer for Got Wind and Water . . .. As an Event Organizer, you can access most of the tools to help run this group.
We have an 'About' page in our group called 'Creating an Event for Newbies', which you can find here:
Got Wind and Water Sailing Network
. . . powered by the Meetup Platform
Step 1: Your browsing experience includes some new tools
In the upper right corner of the Got Wind and Water website, you'll see a new 'Group Tools' drop down menu. Creating a new event starts with 'Schedule a Meetup'
If this were a 'For Dummies' book, I'd have one of those cute 'technical stuff' icons to help explain why events are called meetups. Maybe someday I'll have time to create an icon, but for now, I'm just going to skip over this. I'll just say that Got Wind and Water uses the 'Meetup Platform' and on THAT platform, events that appear on our calendar are called 'Meetups', even though we call them events . . . aargh
Clicking on the 'Schedule a Meetup' menu button gets you to Step 2 in this process:
Step 2: Schedule your Meetup
Here is what the screen looks like:
See where it says: You have 2 unpublished drafts
in the picture? In your working window, the number may be different, but you get the idea, as the Got Wind and Water group grows, we'll stash some 'unpublished drafts' here so you can see what some of the raw code for our events look like.
Don't let the word 'raw code' scare you. My brother happens to be a rocket scientist, but I'm not, and you don't have to be one to create an event. This About page will help you through it.
Notice that the phrase 'unpublished drafts
.' is in a different color
? Everything in this color
is a link
. If you move your cursor over the phrase, it will change shape and you can click on it. All of the links in this paragraph get you to the url: http://www.gotwaw.com...
, which gets you to a page with drafts in it.
Since this is your first time through, I'd suggest that you have this about page running in another browser window or tab as you begin to create your first event . . . er . . . meetup. In most windows browsers, you can right click on a link (If I had a 'tip' icon, I'd use it here).
Go ahead . . . make my day . . . click on it . . . You too can edit an unpublished draft, just like Clint Eastwood.
Step 4: Editing an unpublished draft
I try to keep an unpublished draft in the folder for first time Event Organizers (the newbies). Because you might not make to the end of your edit successfully, this draft can get blown away from time to time, but don't worry, we've got it covered. There is a way for you to recover from your mistakes.
Look for the draft : Got Wind and Water Event for Newbies
in the draft list. Click on the title.
Step 5: Let's talk
We've set up a discussion board on this topic. The user interface of the Meetup Platform is NOT simple OR straight forward. It does however have a lot of features. It's time to go to the discussion forum, where you can find lot's of helpful hints, tips and tricks. You can also use it to experiment with BBCode.Welcome to the Sand Box
- go ahead, make my day
Step 5: Things you should know
This is way too complicated to cover completely here in this about page. So there is a discussion forum thread for this purpose.
Go to the things you should know thread in the Event Organizers BBCode Practice Forum