One of the most important aspects of the Stitch community is the thousands of member-driven events and activities that take place every week around the world.
These activities and events highlight a few of the most fundamental and magical aspects of the Stitch community:
- That we are a Community, created by members, for members
- That while our members are looking for a wide variety of different types of companionship, from friendship through to romance and everything in between, there is one thing that all Stitch members have in common. All Stitchers have lots of things they want to do, they just know that any activity is more enjoyable if you have company
- The Stitch philosophy that you are far more likely to find a like-minded companion by meeting in real life doing activities you enjoy, as opposed to browsing profiles online
The Activities page can be found on Stitch as follows:
- Select Community from the top menu
- Select Activities in the submenu
You will see a list of all the activities which have been suggested by other Stitch members, as shown in the picture below:
Suggesting a new activity
To suggest a new activity, select the Suggest an Activity button at the top of the Activities page.
Stitch will prompt you for details about the activity you would like to suggest. It is important to note that you don't need to have a fixed date, location, or even venue in mind when you suggest an activity ... it can be something a simple as "Go for a walk". It just needs to be an activity you would like to do, and would like to do with company.
If you don't specify a date and a time for your activity, it will be created as a "Suggestion" on Stitch, that other members can see and contact you about privately.
If you do specify a date and time, it will be created as a public "Event" on Stitch, that any interested member can comment on and request to attend.
By default the Activities page shows you a list of all activities which have been posted by members within a distance of 50km / 30 mi of you. You can change the activities you see by changing the search settings at the top of the Activities page.
To change your search settings, select the Change button next to the scope selector:
This will cause the scope selector to appear, as shown below:
You can change the settings as follows:
- Event Type lets you determine whether you want to see all upcoming events, only the events you are attending, or past events
- Distance lets you specify how far away the events are. The "Closest" setting will start with events closest to you, and then expand its search to include events further and further away, to ensure you don't miss out seeing an event that's just outside your search radius
- Location lets you specify the search location – this is useful if you are travelling to a different city and want to see what Stitch events might be coming up there
- Search Keywords let you specify a search term that appears in the title or description of the activity, to help you find activities you might be particularly interested in.
Attending and commenting on Events
If you'd like to attend an event, simply click the Attend button at the top of the page. This will register you for the event, as well as giving you the option to subscribe to any comments other members make on the event.
It is usually a good idea to make a comment on the event at this point, to let the organizer know you are coming along, ask questions, and get to know the other attendees. To make a comment, just enter your comment and click the Post Comment button at the top of the conversation as shown below.
Expressing Interest in a Suggestion
Unlike an Event, a Suggestion doesn't yet have a set date and time, or even a venue or location selected yet, so hasn't yet reached the stage of planning where you can mark yourself as "attending".
Instead, Suggestions provide a way for you to reach out to the member who made the suggestion, to let them know you are interested. If just the two of you want to attend the suggested activity, then you can communicate about it privately and go together (and congratulations, you've made a new friend!).
Once you've decided on a date and time for the activity, if you'd like more people to come along then you can turn it into an Event, which will then allow others to respond and attend too.