Some of you may recall that I twiddled around and built an online protest-form (hearing request form) generator using Google Forms (a local YC had asked me to build a Scoring Inquiry processor using Google Forms and I kind'a just kept going once I learned how).
That thread describing the project can be found here
if you want to walk down memory lane.
To see the Q&A Google Form in action, click here
Anyway, I hadn't touched the system since 2019 until a few days ago when a friend asked if the system could be customized to "hard-wire" the Race Office email-address into the form. This would be beneficial to make sure the filings were going the right place and not off into the ether due to user-error typing in the email address.
So I looked into it, and I actually found a way to implement this without hard-wiring or custom-coding, but rather by passing those variables into the system using a custom URL.
I don't want to post those general instructions on the internet as I don't know what silliness might be possible, but I'd be happy to share with you privately the how-to's if you think it might be helpful to you or your organization.
At this point, I have the data to allow you to create a URL that pre-loads the:
- Event Name
- Organizing Authority
- Race Office email-address (where filings are supposed to be electronically delivered)
If you think that would be helpful/useful to you, you can shoot me a private email to my above email-address and I'll give you the instructions. It's surprisingly simple to do (once you know how!).