Add predefined fields for speed and distance of Meetup events like hikes, bicycle rides and kayaking
Many Meetup events like bicycle rides, hikes, and kayak trips have a distance and speed that needs to be specified. Some Meetup leaders forget to add these important parameters to their Meetup description. It would be great if Meetup could add predefined fields for the trip distance and trip average speed that would appear just below the "What should we do?" and above the "More details" fields.
Rachel Blum commented
In my outdoor group (http://www.meetup.com/buffalo-outdoors/) we use the following self designed add in called MORS (meetup outdoor rating system) for any event host and is kept in the files tab of our page.
For example this was posted for a winter mountain biking event.
TERRAIN................hilly with some flats, single track, possibly snowy, wet
DISTANCE..............2-5 miles depending on trail conditions
REQUIRED GEAR...any serviceable bike with agressive tires, helmet, weather, appropriate clothing.
this is used for events where applicable and also has added in sections for carpooling locations, historical weather condition, reservation links and subsequent costs and other factors as needed. This also helps minimize questions surrounding peoples capabilities and if they have the right gear. We have also turned people away if they do not bring the correct gear and it is a safety risk for them to attend.
This has reduced many unnecessary comments that inundate the message boards and attendee in-boxes.
Hope this helps!
I agree w/John
John B. commented
Disagree. I have a hiking group and agree that hike description should include distance, duration, anticipated pace, elevation change, etc. but there are many many possible options and they would only apply to the athletic activity type of Meetup. Unless you made the fields required, the people who don't put these details in now won't put them in then and the fields would be a pain in the neck for everyone else. The problem is that Meetup has to be one tool to fit everybody. Is there another example of a customization they have done to fit a particular type of group?
I agree that these fields would be most useful
Great idea - it would be helpful to know!
a friend commented
Would be useful
I think this would be very useful.
Kristen Kiernicki commented
Great idea, Jack!
That would be a very useful improvement.
I agree with Jack