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  1. Filter for Full Courses/Activities SD638/639

    Use cases:
    * I am a participant and I want to only view courses and activities that have availability.
    * I am a leader and I want to only view courses and activities that have leader availability.

    2 votes
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  2. Activity Seach Option: Meet Prerequisites SD640

    Have an option to filter out activities you are not eligible. For example, I am a glacier travel graduate who can do certain climbs, but not all. It would be neat if I could filter out the activities that I do not have the proper badge for!

    2 votes
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  3. Warning message to leader if other trips scheduled in that area SD476

    For routes that can have multiple trips listed... Can I suggest a website change for those locations that allow multiple registrations, to possibly have some sort of a pop-up come up informing the leader something to the effect of

    "Yeah you are the only one currently registered for this location on your activity date" or

    "hmm -- you are now the Xth user registering for this location on on your activity date; please use your judgement about whether this would work"

    2 votes
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  4. Display activity start time next to date

    Display an activity start time prominently along with the date, and as a mandatory field. It wastes time to go through several screens only to see that no time is listed, or the start time won't work for your personal schedule.

    2 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Declined  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    The current meeting time and place field is rich text to allow leaders to explain start times. For example, sometimes a leader puts in both start time at trailhead and where and when they are meeting at a park and ride.

    Our leaders requested this flexibility so it would be a pretty big change to switch this to being a single field or adding another field that leaders need to complete is not practical.
  5. Option for "Closed" vs "Open" Activities

    There needs to be a better way to handle closed activity sign-ups such as SIG-only outings. When hunting for activities, it is frustrating how many of the outings are actually closed events for a set group of people and not open to the public. Surely there's a way to remove these closed events from the publicly searchable activities board.

    2 votes
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  6. Eliminate or change the SK ratings for Sea Kayak Route/Places

    From the 2/7/15 Sea Kayak Summit - all of the leaders from the represented branches at this summit (all branches except Kitsap and Bellingham) agreed that SK ratings for a route/place (NOT an "Activity") was of limited usefulness. Many agreed with the suggestion of changing the route/place rating to something more general such as "beginner, moderate," or other phrases that referred to the amount of POTENTIAL exposure, but did not purport to address all of the varying conditions that could occur at different times and in different weather.

    2 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Cancelled  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    Chris Williams worked with our Sea Kayaking Leadership on this issue. It was decided that having difficulties on Sea Kayaking Routes & Places is desired. Like all trips, difficulties can vary widely based on weather and other conditions.

  7. Make it possible for website to process multiple payments for trips like Global Adventures SD293

    Make it possible for deposits to be taken and then remaining balance paid through the website.

    2 votes
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  8. Assign the Stewardship Credit Badge Based on Stewardship Activity Volunteer Hours

    Once participants can more easily be assigned volunteer hours for participating in a stewardship activity (see Allow Participants to be Bulk Assigned Volunteer Hours, http://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/41829865-allow-participants-to-be-bulk-assigned-volunteer-h), assign (or remove) the Stewardship Credit badge based on having 8 or more stewardship volunteer hours in the last 365 days (removing this badge if a person has it and their stewardship volunteer hours are less than 8 in the last 365 days).

    1 vote
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  9. Allow Participants to be Bulk Assigned Volunteer Hours GH3364

    Our requirement for the Stewardship Credit badge is 8 hours of stewardship-related work which can be obtained many ways. We have many stewardship activities, but some of them only require 2-4 hours of work. To make this easier to track, we'd like to be able to bulk assign volunteer hours to participants in these cases

    1 vote
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  10. Display "Leader's Permission Required" and Registration Opening Date on Field Trip Pages

    It would be nice if it showed up the page I look at and have the opening date like the climbs I post.

    1 vote
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  11. Add a link to native-land.ca in each routes & places description

    I'd love to have a sentence or two in each routes & places description that says something like "This place is the traditional land of Native peoples. Find out more about the Native tribes that have stewarded this land since time immemorial at native-land.ca."

    1 vote
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  12. Lead Activity Again via "Single Activity Cloning" GH3234

    To make it easier for leaders to schedule an activity that they've already led, add what is sort of a copy-and-paste/single clone feature and display on the Lead Activity Again button in the "Manage Activity" portlet.

    This new "single clone" feature would:
    - Create a copy of the activity
    - Place it in the same folder as the activity being copied
    - Increment it's URL as if it were made by staring with the route/place
    - Run all of error and conflict checks
    - Display the newly added/copied activity's edit form with any errors

    1 vote
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  13. Add Kilometres to the "Length Units" on the posting activity page.

    We should have this option- we can post the km on the Pace. It makes absolutely no sense that we can't post the distance of the pace they are moving at with the same measurement
    Maybe we should get onto the '70s and make this an option?

    1 vote
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    0 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for sharing your idea. Unfortunately, we need to decline this. As the overwhelming majority of our courses take place in the United States, where the standard unit of measurement is the imperial system, we’ve designed the website to work within this system. We do not have capacity to expand to kilometres at this time.

  14. Add our COVID Code of Conduct to website GH 3445/3446/3447/3450/3455

    Add text acknowledging our COVID Code of Conduct, including a link to the reference page(s), to the event/activity creation page and the registration pop-up. Also add a note about the Code of Conduct to the top of all event and activity listings.

    Add donation requests to free activities and events.

    Better emphasize donation request in checkout process.

    Add "Include credit card fees" for donations.

    1 vote
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  15. Improve more+ button

    From feedback, it appears that many people fail to notice the "more+" button in activities, especially on cellphones. Because they don't see it, they don't read all the important info in leader's notes. The More+ button should be more prominent...possibly a brighter, solid color button? Better yet, how about all the info about the trip expanded so it's never missed?

    1 vote
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  16. In addition to Leave no Trace consider As an Outdoor Ambassador, removing traces left by others

    Not unusual to see some trash on the trail or campsite. Be a good steward, pick it up and pack it out. Consider always carrying a trash bag in your pack for this. It often only takes a few seconds to pick it up. Help keep the outdoors pristine! :)

    1 vote
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    1 comment  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for sharing your idea. We agree that people should be good stewards of our natural places. In addition to sharing the principles of Leave No Trace as part of our Outdoor Ambassador program, we also regularly share responsible recreation tips with our community on our website, in our emails, and on social media. Most of our courses teach the “campsite rule”, to leave a place better than you found it, and many of our course students are required to complete eight hours of stewardship credit to graduate. For our latest resource, visit our blog from September 25, 2020, highlighting Leave No Trace tips for new hikers: https://www.mountaineers.org/blog/leave-no-trace-tips-for-new-hikers.

  17. On daily alert, display the day of the week GH3076/3077

    The new Daily alert feature is nice, but it would be more helpful if it displayed the day of the week in the message. Most people are available only on certain days.

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  18. Allow leaders to update a student's participation notes after a field trip is closed

    Leaders add participation notes to a student's profile if they fail to pass a critical skill and need reevaluation before they can register for a climb. We need to be able to update the participation note to include information when they do pass the skill, but this means we can't close the activity until all students have passed, unless we contact the program center to reopen. It would be nice if we could update participation notes.

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    1 comment  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We close activities so that we know that the records are up-to-date and to prevent accidentally editing an activity that is complete. An activity that was closed can be re-opened by staff or a committee admin if corrections are needed.

    If a student fails to meet one or more standards at a field trip and needs to attend a make-up session after practicing and improving, their successful completion should be recorded on the make-up session activity. This is so that we can see a student’s progress over time.

  19. Trips should not show as 'full' just because someone is on the waitlist

    When someone has asked to be put on the waitlist but there is still room on the main roster, the trip still looks like it is full on the summary listings. The summary listings page should show the number of roster spaces as well as the number of people on the waitlist.

    1 vote
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    Declined  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    This can only happen for activities and courses where there is a fee. We automated the waitlist-to-roster functionality for activities and courses that are free (i.e. if a leader adds a person with the “waitlisted” status and there is space for them to be “registered,” the person being added is automatically changed to “registered” when the record is saved). And the definition of a waitlist is list of people who want to participate if space becomes available, so there should never be anyone on a waitlist if there is space on the activity or course for them.

    We considered automating automated the waitlist-to-roster functionality for activities and courses with a fee, but decided not to, because the fee adds some nuances, chief among them is an accidental cancellation request. If a person requests a cancellation (or a leader does so for them), and that space is not automatically filled, we…

  20. It would help if when the leader enters the title that was previously a designated trail if it clearly shows this trail is still included un

    It would help if when the leader enters a Routes and Places title that was previously a designated trail in planning a future trip if it clearly shows this trail is still included under a different route/place name

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    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    We already have this capability. Thee are two places where we can indicate alternate titles, the Summary and the Title tab. Examples of each of these to this suggestion form Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier, https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/routes-places/mount-olympus-blue-glacier.

    Also, the text in the Summary field and the titles in the Titles tab are indexed and used to rank results high in search results, so it should be easy to find Routes & Places by any of its alternate titles or words from the Summary.

    If there are specific Routes & Places where we need to improve the Summary to indicate all of the options and variations for a route, or we need to add titles to the alternate titles list, please use the Route/Place Updates, Images & Resources Form, https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/route-place-updates-images-resources.

    If you find an activity you led in the past on your My Activities page, you can find the route/place in that…

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