My favorite appointment scheduling service, YouCanBook.Me, lets people book themselves into your calendar. (See this earlier blog post for more about how YouCanBook.Me works.) One hesitation in using the service I’ve heard from faculty is that they want students to request appointment times, not have the appointment automatically confirmed. You now have that control.
Choose your YouCanBook.Me calendar you’d like to edit. On the “advanced” tab, at the very bottom, check “make new bookings tentative”.
The next person who selects an appointment time will get text at the top of the confirmation screen that reads “**This booking is not yet confirmed**”. You may want to change the text that you displayed on the confirmation screen to reflect that the appointment hasn’t been confirmed. The email sent to the appointment-maker includes that same text at the top of the message. Also consider changing whatever text you’ve told YouCanBook.Me to include in the email message to reflect that the appointment isn’t solidified yet.
This is the email that I received from YouCanBook.Me. I now click on Accept or Reject.
If I click accept, I get this screen in my web browser.
If I check the “send a message” box, the screen expands to this.
After clicking the “accept booking” button, I’m redirected to my “bookings profile” page, where I learn, for the first time, that I have a bookings profile page.
The appointment then appears on the calendar like it normally does.
If I click reject, I get this screen in my browser.
If I check the “send a message” box, the screen expands to this. I can edit all of the message components except the ‘to’ address.
My bookings profile page now shows the rejected appointment request.
This is the email the appointment requester gets.
Viewing tentative bookings
YouCanBook.Me creates a new Google calendar for you called “YouCanBook.Me Tentative” where it holds the appointments that are in limbo.
To see that calendar, visit your Google Calendar page, and click the down arrow to the right of “My calendars”. Select “Settings.”
In your list of calendars will be your tentative calendar. Click on the checkbox to make the calendar available for you to see.
Now, click the “Back to Calendar” link at the top of that webpage. You can now view what’s in the tentative calendar. (The calendar name will have a white box next to it. To change the color, mouse over the name of the calendar, and click the down arrow that appears. Select the color you’d like those entries to appear in your calendar.
Accepting/rejecting from the bookings profile page
The easiest way to accept or reject an appointment is from the email YouCanBook.Me sends, but that’s not the only option you have.
Log into YouCanBook.Me. The page you see will list all of your calendars. If you’re editing a YouCanBook.Me calendar, you can always click on the “dashboard” button at the top of the page to get your list of calendars. Click the “bookings” button.
Here I can see that listing of all of my appointments. The most recent one is showing as undecided.
Clicking on the “undecided” button takes me to this page. I see the details of the booking, and I can decide to accept or reject it.
Are you a YouCanBook.Me user? What do you think about this new feature?