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  1. Prevent duplicate events from Facebook event aggregator feeds

    Problem description: We have feeds from many local organizations' Facebook event pages. Many of these groups share each other's events on their pages -- as people do on Facebook. When their events pages get fed into the calendar, we get duplicate events.

    Proposed solution 1: I believe each Facebook event has a unique Event ID number that follows it wherever it is shared. So the same event can be displayed on numerous groups' FB pages but Facebook keeps track of it as only one event. Can you please add the Event ID number to the inputs you feed in from…

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    • Add keyword filter for Facebook imports

      Bring FB imports up to par with Google imports by adding keyword feature.

      4 votes
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      • 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".

        16 votes
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        • Add the city and state on your venue admin screen

          Your admin summary screens are incredibly sparse, in general. I am referring to the summary lists of venues, organizers and events -- not the screens with detail on each venue, organizer and events

          Critically important: List of venues should have city and other location details
          Quite important: List of events should have the source of the event (e.g. what feed created the event)
          Less important, but very useful: List of organizers could have contact info (phone, email, website)

          It very inconvenient to have to open up the detail of a venue just to see what city it is in when…

          1 vote
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          • Add 4, 6, 8 and 12 hour intervals to update of event aggregator

            We need something in between hourly and daily scheduled imports. Hourly exceeds our maximum daily imports before all feeds are updated, but daily is not frequent enough. Thank you.

            3 votes
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            • Remove / Trash Cancelled Facebook Events

              When a Facebook Event has been cancelled that was imported via Event Aggregator scheduled import the associated Events Calendar event should be trashed, deleted or tagged based on a user preference. Deleted Facebook events should not be retained by Events Calendar.

              1 vote
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              • Don't allow venues that don't have names to go on the menu of venues

                Out venue database is filling up with addresses of places that are useless on a menu without a venue name. Can you please not allow venues to go on the menu unless it has a name like Capitol Theater.

                Thank you.

                2 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.

                  4 votes
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                  • API to create new scheduled imports

                    Provide an API for creating new scheduled imports to be executed in Event Aggregator. We need to import thousands of automated import sources to aggregate from on various schedules. An API should enable us to extend the plugin to allow importing these scheduled imports from an external data source. We would like the ability to provide all the information required for creating a scheduled import in a single object or array.

                    3 votes
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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!

                      16 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

                        14 votes
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                        • Add Eventful API to supported import sources

                          Most Gannett newspapers, along with other large sites, are using Eventful.com as the back-end for events and they have an API. I just signed up for my free API key to download in iCAL format but can't get it to work without more programming knowledge. Using the API key, I believe it is easy for us to access the event data (using their "branding terms"). Please add them to a list of supported sources.

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                          • Allow the user to preview the venue and organizer details when they make a selection off the menu

                            It seems the user can't see the details of the organizer and venue they are selecting off a menu until *after* the event is posted. That is not good enough.

                            What if there are two locations with the same name? How do they know they picked the right one unless they can preview it? What if they want to ensure the address and other details in the database are correct before they post? Etc. Users don't want to blindly select a venue off a menu without being able to preview its details.

                            Thank you.

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                            • import all

                              After the current issue with Event Aggregator where it wasn't pulling images due error on your server side it was a big hassle to run the import on each schedule import 1 by 1. When selecting all, for bulk options, there's only the option to delete. Would be good to add the bulk option to run import there as well.

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                              • Allow Event Aggregator events to be featured

                                Allow admin to pick whether imported events to be "featured" or not; selection by individual feed (not necessarily by event)

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                                • In the events list, add a column for the data source/import feed

                                  Add a column in the events list identifying the source of the event. It is especially important for import feeds from the Aggregator, but also important for manually entered events.

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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!!!

                                    9 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.

                                      7 votes
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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.

                                        3 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…

                                          2 votes
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