A post about my growing (but still quite manageable) irritation with the uses of doodle.com. The site itself is great – I am really impressed that it exists, a very light, elegant little website which helps set up times for meetings. It is certainly very helpful. And (as of now at least) it is standalone and doesn’t expect one to sign off all details of ones life like many other sites which expect authentication via Facebook or Google account.
My peeve is with how many people seem to be using it. I often get sent a link to a doodle.com poll with… over 20 options! And so I am expected to shift through all options and compare them with my diary and fill in my availability… and then, I should just wait until eventually some resolution is made. Because most people don’t set a deadline for all participants. And so, of course, I am expected to keep all my available times free, so that someone can make a decision of when to meet, sometimes a day or so before the best time.
I know there are more advanced features, where one can create an account and allow the site to find times semi-automatically–but part of the joy of doodle.com is how simple and anonymous its use is.
So, this is just a polite request for any of my gentle readers who are considering using doodle.com: please make it easier for me and other participants, by making a limited number of choices available (maybe by first consulting one or two must-attend participants), giving some time for everyone to be polling, and say explicitly when a *quick* decision will be made, so that we can then make our availabilities known to the other doodle.com pollsters waiting in our inbox.
And do add an ifneedbe option: it is almost impossible to be completely available for long periods of time, but many times it is possible to move things around to accommodate scheduling needs.