I’ve been using the Meetup functionality each weekend since release for a group endurance ride with 15-20 friends. I have a few suggestions:
Ability to assign a second/backup leader at the time of creating the meetup or during meetup ride for instances when the meetup operator has to leave or has sensor dropouts (I’ve been on Zwift since Jarvis and only within the last month have I suffered many ride ending/required restart dropouts which really sucks when you are a meetup leader).
Private Meetup in-game messaging. Currently, the companion app meetup messaging attempts to be meetup-only but appears to mix every other meetup in the same feed. Also, the green messages that fly out from the rider list in-game get covered by regular global messages requiring you to look at the companion app to find out what your friend messaged. The problem here is having to scroll through pages of other meetup messages trying to find messages from your meetup. We’ve given up on Zwift messaging and have fallen back to Discord but it’s a pain getting everyone connected to that.
Ability to schedule a meetup for another “world” or the option to hide other riders like races. It’s crazy trying to keep a group together in NYC on a Saturday morning with 8000 other riders.
Ability to schedule a meetup based on laps of specified route.
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5. Today I was invited to a meetup. I accepted it. At about 4 minutes before the meetup I was prompted to join and was given choices “Join Now” and “Not Yet”. I selected “Not Yet” and expected I would be prompted again before the start or have the join meetup button in lower left. I wasn’t prompted, nor was there any way I could see to join it after turning down the join request with “not yet”. I’m guessing I would have needed to exit the game and restart but by that point of time the meetup had started and I was “locked out” of it. Yes, I know I can “ride with” but it’s not the same.
So this feature request is to keep a “join meetup” button on the screen like “join event” currently or re-prompt the user 1 minute before the start. Also, this request is to add the ability to join a meetup late.
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6. Today my Saturday meetup only had 7 people. Everyone accepted the invitation and joined on time. However, 4 riders were dropped onto the course at the spawn location from last week’s meetup and couldn’t see me. When the meetup started those four rode off onto last week’s route while two others plus I rode on today’s selected course. The other four had to exit the game and then rejoin with the “ride with” option. One oddity of today that may just be a coincidence is the group that was properly placed all were either running AppleTV or iPads. While everyone else was on windows or mac laptops.
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Another Saturday meetup and another failure. Half of group went the wrong way and wrong route… including me, the meetup originator. 5 out of 6 meetups have failed miserably, our Saturday group is going back to “ride with” and foregoing the not-ready-for-primetime meetup functionality. I look forward to this becoming something other than an alpha feature.