Events are at the heart of Tangles
To create a new event for your community, navigate to the events page for your community in the app or on the web and click/tap on the ‘create new event’ icon and complete the relevant detail. If you don’t specify an address, Tangles will use the one defined for your community if relevant. As with a community you can add images and an event specific icon, otherwise Tangles will use whatever is defined for the community.
Aside from the basic event detail events can be configured to support a range of features.
By default, Tangles assumes that you will add event participants yourself and will not allow members to view events that they are not participating in. If you enable self sign-up,. However, all members can see upcoming events and can sign up to them provided they are old enough and their parental controls don’t prevent it. You can optionally set a limit on the number of participants and a separate limit for any event facilitators. Leaving this unset (0) will allow any number of participants. When the participant limit is reached, members are still permitted to sign up but are placed ‘in reserve’. Should a place become free, the next applicable reserve participant is added to the event.
Any event administrator can mark participants as attending, reserve or remove them from the event regardless of any participation limits, until the event is actually started. When self sign-up is enabled a signup close date is also configured which by default assumes the start date of the event.
Events are designed to support chat groups for both participants and parents and both can be enabled when the event is created or configured later. The chat group is not started until an event is moved into ‘enrolment’ state. Chat is then possible until the event is closed. Once an event is closed, all chat messages are removed and the chat it no longer accessible.
Event facilitators are automatically able to participate in the group chats when the event is running provided that the correct adult to youth ratio exists. When an individual joins the chat, they can also view the history of the chat. To allow event facilitators to join the group chat during the enrolment phase, select this option in the event configuration.
Enrolment and check in for a participant in Tangles are tied to a specific device and only that single device can participate in chats and access maps and tracking information. Once the chat is enabled for an event by putting it into enrolment state, all participants must themselves enrol in the event on whichever device they will use for the event. To suit different event types, enrolment can be carried out by any of the following methods, all configured for each event: