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We’re always looking for new and awesome ways to improve our products. We think they’re pretty great out of the box, but we also know that there are often things that could make them even better for how folks like yourself use them in the real world. Our tools help the right people, get to the right place at the right time. How can we improve our products and make them super awesome for you and your users? That’s where we can use your help!

If there are features that our products do not currently support but you think would be a huge added value for you and lots of other people, then please share them here with us. The submission form will walk you through a few quick questions to get the ball rolling.

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  1. Notifications for Pending Imported Events

    When a new import has been made and the event is set to "waiting for approval" an e-mail is sent to one or more (pre defined by admin) addresses with a message saying "you have new events to approve".

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    • Add a search to the scheduled imports

      I have 7 pages of scheduled imports and sometimes need to find one of them. Would save a LOT of time over the years if I could just search instead of browsing through 7 pages. Please add to the next upgrade!

      9 votes
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      • Import recurring Facebook events

        Currently when Event Aggregator imports recurring events from Facebook, it imports it as one event (rather than a series of events). The first event is mistakenly the start time/date, and the last occurrence is the finish time/date.

        Here’s the event we’re trying to import from FB:
        https://www.facebook.com/events/1103532993123375

        7 votes
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        • Ability to prepend/append text to event title

          When importing events from multiple sources it would be nice to have the ability to prepend/append some text to indicate the event source and differentiate it from other imported events.

          For example, if an import feed came from "Event Organizer A", I might want to prepend "Event Organizer A--" to the event title such that the imported title appeared as "Event Organizer A--Event Title".

          Seems like this shouldn't be too difficult to implement and would be quite handy.

          5 votes
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          • Add more frequency options to Event Aggregator automatic imports

            Right now, the automatic import frequency options in Event Aggregator go from hourly to daily with no options in between. Those are hugely different for how up to date the calendar would be. I'd like either a few options in between (ie every two hours, every three hours, every six hours) or the ability to manually choose the frequency.

            1 vote
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            • Ability to filter OUT events by keyword

              Add the ability to filter OUT events by keyword in a feed. This is the converse of the existing filter functionality.

              Use Case: I have a scheduled event import of an organizations events which contains a "Monthly Meeting" that I'd prefer NOT to import. As it stands now, I need to manually trash each "Monthly Meeting" event that gets imported. Being able to set a filter to ignore "monthly meeting" would save me some tedious work.

              2 votes
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              • Allow import of past facebook events

                Create a setting that allows for import of past events from facebook. Benefit is that it creates a robust history of events/organizers/venues. It also populates the calendar historically. All of this supports the credibility of the calendar

                2 votes
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                • Include [View-Event] link in notification of newly imported event

                  When a new event is imported a notification is given which includes a link to any new venue or new organizer. However the new event itself is not linked.

                  The new event listing is likely to be the view that one is most likely to want to look at to see if it has rendered correctly, or to edit some personal content to the event.

                  It could be a simple fix to add [View your event listing] to the notification.

                  This is what is currently shown:

                  Import complete!
                  1 new event was imported. 1 new image was imported.
                  1 new…

                  1 vote
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                  • Limit imports in aggregator

                    A way to limit how many weeks out the aggregator will import for EACH calendar import. Or even number of events to import for each import.

                    2 votes
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                    • Ability to append/prepend text to event description

                      Similar to my suggestion to add the ability to append/prepend text to the event title, the ability to do the same with the event description would also be useful.

                      As an example, suppose you wanted to clarify that a particular event was hosted by a 3rd party and not your own organization. You might want to include text such as:

                      "This event is hosted by a 3rd party and while we have every reason to believe you will have an enjoyable experience at this organization's event, we make no guarantees or representations of such."

                      Again, potentially very useful and wouldn't…

                      3 votes
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                      • Allow a default image for Organisers and (Aggregator) Scheduled Import Categories

                        If there is no image provided by the Organiser OR imported event, then allow a default image foreach Organiser or category.

                        2 votes
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                        • Allow import from Wild Apricot

                          We import events for a couple of organizations that are using Wild Apricot (https://www.wildapricot.com). Since Wild Apricot isn't support by EA, we import the events via ics file.

                          If EA supported automated event import for Wild Apricot it would certainly make updating events much easier.

                          Thanks!

                          1 vote
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                          • Add ability to import multiple iCal files simultaneously

                            Currently in Event Aggregator, the iCal import is a one-by-one process. Select an iCal file, import it. Select next iCal file, import it. Etc.

                            If I could select and upload multiple iCal files at once and process them simultaneously it would make a tedious process much quicker.

                            Also, if you could auto-delete the iCal files from the WP Media section it would be appreciated. These files are not likely to be used as content as any page/post. Better yet, would be to upload them in some other fashion so they don't end up in the WP Media section at all.

                            1 vote
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                            • Merge locations

                              OMG I love Event Aggregator. But now that it's importing from third party calendars (Facebook and Google Calendars etc) the locations section is a mess of duplicate locations. I don't know the correct terminology, but could there be a system which allows locations to be merged, and it learns the terminology (so it knows that "the flying nun" and "flying nun" are the same location). Thanks!!!

                              2 votes
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                              • Allow a user to see and confirm (or change) fields when importing

                                Event Aggregator creates many duplicate entries when importing events from Facebook. This is because a person on Facebook enters the venue and organizer name as they see fit. This means lot of double work after importing.

                                It would save lot of time if the fields could be displayed and confirmed upon importing.

                                1 vote
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                                • Add "View Your New Event" link to the Events Import page so you don't need to go back to Events and search to find it.

                                  It would save time to be able to view the new event imported from the Events Import page instead of having to take the extra steps.

                                  1 vote
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                                  • Mark import as featured

                                    It would be great if imports could be marked as featured so that all events from that source get featured tag rather than having to go in and manually mark them.

                                    6 votes
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                                    • Adding multiple categories & tags

                                      Now we can pick one category when using the aggregator, but in our calendar it's possible that a certain event belongs in more categories.
                                      This means I still have to do this manually to complete the event. Also I miss the option to activate tags. For this the same as with the categories it's handy when we could fill out more then one tag.

                                      25 votes
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                                      • Check if importing from Facebook URL already

                                        I have added a URL in twice as Facebook schedule. I forgot I was importing from that Facebook page already.

                                        If it could check the main URL (excluding any attributes such as ?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser as an example ) or at least have a search box to filter imports by name it would clear up this slight issue.

                                        18 votes
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                                        • suppress category import in Event Aggregator

                                          When importing events, the assigned category often comes with it. I believe this is other wordpress sites. I would like a way to suppress importing other calendar's categories. Just makes a mess and then I have to delete the category.

                                          2 votes
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