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1: Why does this calendar exist? With so many local and regional dance calendars, some may wonder what why we need another. Explaining our driving motivations may help: A) Content! The designers were desperate for a calendar that made content a priority. Finding information out about events shouldn't require navigating fancy graphics or whatever layout the designer has chosen. Events should be text and searchable, and easy to read. Information should be immediately available. Content is king! B) Features! There are many possibilities that we wanted to see in a calendar. As an example, the minimal WAP interface for viewing the calendar from mobile phones. Being able to select time periods and choose types of events to look at. Even changing how the week starts so the calendar is easier to view. See "future plans" for more ideas on what we'll be making available. C) Blues! To the best of my knowledge there was not currently a calendar where you could see all the blues events available on a national level. D) Quick Updates! New events are usually posted within 24 hours, sometimes in minutes. E) Configurability! Prominent sites that want to include a calendar can have one custom made to match their site, just contact me and let me know! 2: Can I put this calendar on my site? Sure! If you run a dance site, then I suggest either linking to the calendar directly, or, if you want to have actual calendar content on your site, we can help you create a custom calendar that fits the rest of your site! For example, see the embedded calendar at BluesDance.com (Click on the Blues Cal in the menu) Note that the actual calendar is hosted by DanceCal.com, even though it looks like everything is coming from your site. Take a look at the URLs as you click on the example above - this is something that people don't notice, so they don't even realize they've left your site - and all the other links will bring them right back. This is possible because we create a template for your site locally. This way the calendar can be "included" on your site without any complicated programming. 3: What are the future plans? * More resources for event planners. * Uploading of banners * Auto-submission to Forums & LindyExchange.com for overlapping events. * More types of dances! * Better local coverage - ability to see national events as well as events within your "local area" * Better submission abilities * Different calendar layouts * Much more! We have huge plans for the coming year! 4: What's a good promo text? Feel free to post to boards about this site. Suggested text:
Tired of non-searchable graphics calendars? Want to look up events on your mobile phone? Want a resource for Blues, Lindy, Balboa and Tango events? Want an easy way to find all the info for your events in one place with an easy to configure calendar? The answer is now here with: http://ExchangeCal.com/ That's a heck of a lot of events! You can show/hide events by clicking on the menu at the top, or you can just pick a specific dance to view with one of our subcalendars, such as: http://BluesExchange.com/ http://Lindy.ExchangeCal.com/ http://Tango.ExchangeCal.com/ http://BalCal.com/ http://FusionCal.com/ http://BluesCal.com/ We've just setup the calendar, so let us know what you think!
5: What's the domain? We actually have a few. Some (that have names of dances in them) will initially only show the calendar for that dance. We're still trying to figure out what our finally identity will be, until then you can reach us at: http://BluesExchange.com/ http://BalCal.com/ http://BluesCal.com/ http://FusionCal.com/ http://DanceCal.com/ http://ExchangeCal.com/
6: What is the WAP version? You can go to our WAP site to get just a simple, condensed listing of text information. This is useful for, say, looking at the full calendar from a cell phone. While the WAP site actually uses a simplified set of HTML instead of true WML, most phones should be able to display the content. Let me know if yours cant! 7: What are these "hide/only" buttons? The "hide" button will remove the given dance or type of event from the calendar (which can then be brought back by clicking on "show"). The "only" button is similar to clicking on "hide" for all other dances or types, though you can have more than one "only" dance, for example you can view "only Blues" and "only Tango" to only see events that contain either Blues or Tango content. 8: What if I want a more complicated set of dances? You can specify an expression in the URL using parentheses, '|' as 'or' and '+' as 'and' and '!' as 'not' with an example being: http://dancecal.com/?showDances=((Blues|Fusion)+!Lindy) Which will show any Blues or Fusion events that don't have Lindy. 9: Fusion? There are plenty of people who are only interested in Fusion events and are only looking at the Fusion calendar, and there are also plenty of people who are not interested in going to Fusion events, we want to make sure we have a calendar solution for both parties. Some events have multiple dances, some events have Fusion. On the calendar we treat an event as either multi-dance OR Fusion. The way we determine the difference is simple and can cover most cases. If you have multiple dances that are separate (such as an event with a Lindy room and a Blues room) then just choose the appropriate dances. Do not select Fusion just because you think Fusion dancers will be coming, or your event will suddenly be considered a Fusion event. If you are mixing together dance styles and dance music, i.e., people aren't specifically dancing Dance Style X to Dance Music X, then it's a Fusion event, and you select Fusion, you can select which dances you are planning on 'Fusing' if you so desire, but it will be treated as a Fusion event. I recognize that many of the organizers in the Fusion scene are very excited about and very good at marketing, but please don't market your Fusion event as a non-Fusion event and please don't market your non-Fusion event as a Fusion event. You'll only get unhappy dancers and you'll miss out on attracting the dancers who are actually searching the calendar for events such as yours. And by the way, the Fusion world has started using the word 'Exchange' differently than the rest of the dance scene - for the sake of this calendar we're sticking to the orginal definition, so please read below: 10: What is the distinction between 'Workshop' and 'Exchange' If it has classes in the daytime, then it's a "Workshop," plain and simple. Some events may call themselves "Exchanges" by name, but on the calendar we distinguish entirely by the presence of classes. If an Exchange event only has one or two classes, as a kind of "bonus" - then this is still an Exchange, but a series of classes during the daytime should be classified as Workshop. I understand that your workshop event may have the name "Exchange" - and disregarding whether this is the proper name to use for it (Fusion people seem to enjoy mixing up words as much as they mix up their dances :-), you'll want to classify it was a workshop because that way you'll be sure to be noticed by people who are looking for classes. For more information on the history of a "Dance Exchange" see the wikipedia entry for the origin of the words (originally from the Lindy community even though other dances such as Blues and Tango now hold Exchanges as well): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindy_exchange 11: How come I still see Balboa events after clicking "hide" Balboa? Many events support multiple dance types. Choosing to "hide" one dance type (such as Balboa) will still show events that have other dances, such as "Lindy, Balboa" events. We may come up with a more complete interface to this in the future. 12: Blue Sex Change?? No no no. Blues Exchange. Please capitalize the second 'E'