We have this little Dungeons and Dragons group that meets once a month for some pen and paper dragon slaying. While it consists of only five participants, it has been complicated up until now to agree on a date where everyone has the time to join and play.
Email is not really an option, as it would mean getting back and forth multiple times. Calendars are not an option as well, as some do not use online calendars at all, while others used calendars at different providers.
Enter Doodle, a free to use service that lets you schedule events and meetings in just a few steps. What I really like about Doodle, besides being absolutely easy to setup, is that you do not need to create an account to use it.
New events are created in four easy steps by an event administrator or organizer:
A link to the poll is generated in the last step, and this link needs to be shared with all group members. You can do that with your email client, or by using the built-in share or tweet buttons on the page.
Every group member visiting the poll needs to enter a name, and make selections to indicate participation. Users furthermore can leave comments, for instance to inform others that they can participate, but will arrive later. It needs to be noted at this point, that anyone with access to the poll link can participate in it.
Users who register can synchronize their Doodle account with Google Calendar, Outlook, iCal and other calendar systems using ics calendar feeds.
Doodle offers a simple solution to agree on a date and time for events. It works best for small to medium-sized groups, but can also be used for other purposes, like scheduling events for a limited number of attendees for instance using the service's advanced options.
I personally would like to see an option to password protect the polls to improve security.
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