Request: Change the subject line of calendar reminders from “Reminder: xxxxxx” to “Notification: xxxxxx”, or something along these lines.
Justification: We have received numerous comments/complaints from parents that the prefix “Reminder” is not always appropriate with calendar emails. The use of the word “Reminder” implies at least two items:
- The individual receiving the email is already fully aware of the event.
- The event is still current.
Item 1. Parents have received notifications stating “Reminder”, when in fact, it is the first time they’ve heard about an event. This is not a reminder. Some parents have actually complained about this, and I feel that they are justified.
Item 2. When cancelling an event, the easiest method to notify everyone is to send a reminder and state that the event is cancelled. However, the email still starts with “Reminder”.
In an ideal world, there would be multiple subject lines available: Notification (first email), Update (anything in the event changing), Reminder (just a common courtesy reminder), and Cancelled (when an event will no longer happen). Acknowledging that this would be harder to implement, I am requesting that we implement “Notification” as it can cover all four of these scenarios.
I realize that this may be a minor item to be requested. However, this has caused some issues with parents, and it seems to be a potential easy modification.