Choosing to do an activity is always called a signup.
If you are not sure what some activity is about, click on it name. This will display any description that your event staff supplied for the activity.
PRESTO enables you to display different views of an event's overall signup schedule:
When not logged in, you can see which activities are available, but you cannot do signups. (Note: Available to Some means the event staff has setup qualifications for that activity. If after logging in, it now says Unmet Prereqs, your registration info lacks a needed prerequisite).
A signup is started by clicking on an activity's button. The next step is to fill out the form this displays and click on OK. If you are not sure what to enter, click on the form's Help link. Any help provided by your event staff for entering fields will be displayed.
When PRESTO replies to your signup-form OK click, it replaces the activity's button with your signup's status:
Note: if you want to arrange with a particular person before actually asking for a sub, be aware that a zoom shows the people who have pending signups in this color.
When PRESTO replies to your OK click, it also provides a Cancel link or an Ask For Sub link so you can back out if need be. Similarly if the signup form had input fields, it provides an Edit link so you can change values in the form if need be.
If a signup has a Cancel link, clicking on it will delete your signup (unless it is now past your group's Signup/Cancel deadline). If a signup has an Ask For Sub link, its action depends on your group's subbing policy. Clicking it will either: (1) email the scheduler of your need to back out or (2) enable other users to sub in (i.e. do a signup that replaces you).
If your group has this policy, everyone else's self-signup page changes after you click on an Ask For Sub link. More specifically:
Important Note: anyone else already displaying her self-signup page will not see the change until she does a refresh/reload of the page.
If you click on a Sub In, an exhanced signup form is displayed. The enhancement is that there is a Replacing dropdown menu in addition to the form's usual fields. This dropdown contains all the people signed up for the chosen schedule item that have asked for a sub. It also contains all your swapping opportunities if any: those schedule items of yours that a sub-asker has requested.
When you click the form's OK button:
Before asking for a sub, it is prudent to cancel any Can-Subs or Requests you are no longer interested in. Otherwise you could get swapped into a schedule item you no longer want. (Of course, if you setup a swap with a particular person, it probably suffices to have that person do the sub-in immediately after you do the sub-ask).
There are different kinds of activitites your event staff might make available to you. Activities that are done at the event are described by a date and time. Signing up for such an activity means you are committing to show up at the indicated time.
Event Planning activities have some kind of target date. The basic cases are:
You can leave the self-signup page whenever you want: