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Accept, Decline and Pending - revisited
« on: September 10, 2019, 09:39:11 PM »
For a while I was of the mind that ‘Decline’ and ‘Accept’ were the only needed responses for schedule requests. But I have finally come to think ‘Pending’ (with an explanation) is also a valuable option. Reasons:

1. Sometimes I have a player who can’t be sure of their availability immediately or until this Friday, for example. So they hesitate to either Accept or Decline. Then I’m not sure if they missed the request or can’t be bothered, etc. If they could hit Pending and have a blank field called ‘Reason’ or ‘Please explain’ or ‘When you’ll know’ in which to explain - “Wife will tell me Thurs night, so I’ll know for sure on Friday,” I’ll at least know that they have seen the request, they’re working on it and I can send a second request Friday AM, or just call them.

2. Often I can wait on some players for a day or two and it won’t keep me from locking in the gig, because I can likely sub them out if they end up not being able when Friday comes.

3. If I can’t wait until Friday, I can simply let them know that I have to use their second chair this time, etc., and they’ll understand -or- it might prompt them to verify before Friday.

4. Sending second requests then seems less random, more timely, less like impatience. The context of second requests seems kinder less like nagging, when they quite possibly have a reason for a delayed response. Giving a Pending option takes away excuses that they just didn’t reply because they’re still trying to resolve their availability.



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Re: Accept, Decline and Pending - revisited
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2019, 06:14:52 AM »
I like your train of thought here. It wouldn't be an easy change, but I'll put it on my wish list and give it more thought.