Officials - set default availability to "Blocked"
Idea shared by Val Swift - July 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM
We don't want the officials to show as available by default, but to only show as available where they have directly set their availability.
How do we do that?

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Shaun Peet Replied
July 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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Hello Val,
This is not the design of the officials module and is not currently possible.  The feedback from most centres using the officials module is that this would create more work for both the officials (because they're probably available more often than they are not) and eventually create more work for the assignor (because the pool of available officials will probably no longer include people who actually are available but just haven't told the system that they are).  Hope that helps,
Beth McCabe Replied
September 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM
I agree with Val that it would be ideal to have officials have to tell when they are available, as opposed to when they are not.  Ultimately, the current format creates more work for schedulers, since we assign games based on the availability list, and then end up reassigning them because officials deny games for times they have not bothered to set blocks for.  There is no incentive for officials to set blocks, whereas there would be definite incentive to set availability:  if they didn't, they wouldn't ever be available, and they would never get any games. 
Shaun Replied
October 21, 2014 at 8:41 PM
I agree with the incentive comment regarding this.  Though my area has the no-decline option.  If games are assigned based on availability, it is up to the official to either skate that game or find a replacement.  If they can't find a replacement and they blow the game off, they're suspended.
Erin Peet Replied
February 12, 2015 at 3:24 PM
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It would take a major redevelopment in order to accommodate this feature request.  While noted we cannot at this time commit to developing the software in this instance.  We hope that referees and assignors will understand and cooperate to allow the system to work as designed for all concerned.

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