11 votesslalom commented
Alternatively, the message could be, "Registration will open on (start date)."
Incidentally, "Registration is closed" is also kind of an unfriendly statement. It could be interpreted as "Registration is limited to certain people." If a deadline has passed, it would be nicer to say "Registration deadline has passed" or "... was (date)" or even "Sorry, registration for this event is full. Please contact _____ regarding a possible waiting list, or register for another event."
But my main concern is that people will think the event is closed and will not know to come back.slalom shared this idea ·
35 votesslalom supported this idea ·slalom commented
I'm writing as a member of an organization hosted by Wild Apricot, not as a WA user, so pardon if my question seems naive. Only so much "technical pestering" is polite in a volunteer organization, or I'd ask our site person to double-check this.
Our organization has a lot of events on its calendar, most posted well in advance. The registration period for most events starts two or three weeks before the event, and closes a few days before. But if the registration period is not yet open, the calendar says "Registration is closed." That makes it look like the event is full! The notice should instead say, "Registration is not yet open." (And should be automated so that the notice either disappears or says "Registration is open" when the opening date is reached.)
And/or the registration period start/stop dates should be displayed in the List View.
Is either of these remedies possible?
When users click on an event, to see its details, they will see the event's reservation period dates, but that's too late. The user may already have been turned away.
So, currently we have a big, huge, ugly (and hopefully thus inescapable) notice at the top of the Events list and calendar that says, Reservation will be noted as CLOSED until open for reservations. Please check reservation dates in event details. Not cool.
When the end of the registration period is reached, then it should say "Registration is closed." (Or in our case, since we sometimes take reservations after the deadline, it might be better to say "Get on waiting list" or just say nothing.)
It would also be nice to use the word Reservations rather than Registration, and to have start and stop times other than midnight (e.g., close at 8 pm), but I gather that's something to post in the Wish List.
If the registrations status be customized as I've described, I'll gently prod our organizers into learning how.
But if this is entirely a Wishlist item, I'll simply post it there.