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  1. Allow Leaders to Choose Activity Template or Route/Place Image for Activities SD641

    When scheduling an activity, allow the leader to choose to use one of the the route/place images, the activity template image, or an image from their local computer.

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    • Currently when scheduling a trip (standalone) activity, the one form the route/place is the default and the leader may choose to replace that with one from their computer. For course activities, the default image is from the activity template, and the leader may choose to replace that with one from their computer.


    • Many of our Routes & Places have an "Images" folder where we store images submitted by our members and…

    4 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Use "Age Group" Radio Buttons Instead of "Age" for Lodge Reservations SD637

    Is it better to use radio buttons for the age groups [i.e. one for Adults (age 14+) and another for Youth (age 13-)] when reserving a lodge stay than asking for actual age? What are the pros and cons?

    Using radio buttons is better when one person is making a lodge reservation for another and does not know their age. I suspect with will happen a lot, especially for lodge admins who add hosts and other volunteers, as well as people who might bring a friend.

    10 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Lodges  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Clone Events SD585

    Add a feature to clone Events like we can do for Lodge Stays. This would be much lime a "recurring events" feature.

    5 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Events  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Recommended Reading for Events SD583

    Show a list of the “recommended reading” when RSVPing for an event so that members and guests may more easily purchase books for events like BeWild and new book releases.

    4 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Books  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Create a searchable database of all committee chairs SD646

    searchable by activity type, branch (idea came from scramble summit)

    5 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Allow monthly payments for annual youth programs SD443/432

    User Story: As a parent registering my child for a youth program, allow me to choose to pay the full amount, or automatically pay in equal monthly installments from this month through the last month of the program with a credit card so that staff need not keep credit card info on file (security risk) and process these cards manually every month.

    Note: Though specifically requested for our youth programs, this payment system could be used for any program of sufficient length and cost.

    4 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    High Priority  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    Please see the IT Planning & Prioritization sheet, docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1×1_tMuGpZZC.., for where this project is ranked among other projects.

  7. Member Roles for Committee Pages

    When editing the committee roster, it would be nice if we could select/enter roles of different members so that when we check the box to display that member on the committee page, others can see those roles.

    For example, if my name shows up on the Photography Committee page, it just says "leader". It would be nice if it could say "activity coordinator and publicity" under my name. That way, visitors to the page would know to contact me for questions about those things. Limiting titles to Chair, Treasurer, Leader, etc. doesn't really tell people how we're involved.

    There's currently…

    7 votes
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    Low Priority  ·  6 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Add a donation thermometer to our donation pages to track progress SD514

    Make it so our individual youth, conservation and peer to peer campaigns have front pages with a thermometer widgit that shows the campaigns progress.

    8 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Fundraising  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    High Priority  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    FY19 Website Projects Priority & Status
    docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sy2lYcwcpCR..

    Technology Projects: Planning & Prioritization
    docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1×1_tMuGpZZC..

  9. "Your waiver is about to expire" email ~SFOnly

    Send an automatic email out to folks before their waiver expires.

    2 votes
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    High Priority  ·  0 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Add Header Messaging Capability SD517

    We added a home page pop-up a while ago for getting important communications out to members and guests.

    This would be rich text that appear in a box/stripe that appears just below the header (and above the admin panel if it is visible) so that we can present members and guests with a less obtrusive way to highlight things that we thing are really important. Also allow members and guests to close this message until it is refreshed (changed entirely or edited).

    1 vote
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    Medium Priority  ·  1 comment  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Add Title Choices to Routes & Places for Use with Activities GH1476

    To make it easier to better title activities where the route place has broadly varying options and alternatives, provide a list of alternate location names that may be used.

    Specifically, when scheduling an activity allow the leader to choose an alternate title from an "Alternate Route/Place Title" list that is populated from a route/place "Route/Place Titles for Activity Titles" list.

    Here's an example:

    For a scramble of "Silver, Tinkham & Abiel Peaks," https://www.mountaineers.org/explore/routes-places/silver-tinkham-abiel-peaks, the activity title currently is and by default after implementing this idea would be:

    Alpine Scramble - Silver, Tinkham & Abiel Peaks

    Alternate activity titles with…

    33 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    We now have the ability to have alternate titles for routes/places that have a couple different destinations but all use the same access and thus we wouldn’t want two different Mountaineers groups there on the same day.

    An example is Snow & Gem Lakes. This trip can now simply be titled Gem Lake or Snow & Gem Lakes. Or if you are only climbing Tinkham and Silver Peaks you can now pick just those two peaks even though the listing has Silver, Abiel & Tinkham Peaks.

    The ability to switch to an alternate title is in the Route/Place tab when you are in the activity edit form while scheduling or editing an activity. It’s the same place you’d edit the date or choose a new route/place for the activity.

    Please note that this alternate title is not supposed to replace the summary. For example the title is not Gem Lake…

  12. Add Email Alerts & Notifications Preferences to My Profile SD508/599/600/601

    This could be allowing people to request an email notification for an activity or course when it becomes available. It could include notifications to committee chairs when leaders list activities sponsored by that committee. Please describe below what you'd specifically like to see as far as email notifications go that would help you sign up for the activities you want or help you manage your committee etc.

    April Leader Survey showed interest in:


    1. Ability to receive a calendar reminder when registration is opening for an activity


    2. Ability to receive a reminder notification about your trip this weekend


    45 votes
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    17 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Develop functionality for Activity Programs and Outings/Combos SD154/GH1639

    This is functionality would be much like what we have for courses and would be for activity programs like Explorers and Venturing Crew, activity outings like Yosemite Climbing and "combo" activities like Hike & Stewardship and Cathedral Rock & Mount Daniel. We need to be able to group a few activities under one "umbrella" Outing and use a "manage registration" style feature to register for them and the Outing as a whole like we do for courses.

    30 votes
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    11 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Low Priority  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    We added an “exclude participants from date conflict check” checkbox to activities to hold us until we can get to Activity Program and Outings. This is a staff only option, because for most activities we need a conflict check so that members and guests do NOT overbook themselves.

    If you need this, please send an email with a link to the activity for which you need ti to info@mountaineers.org.

  14. Allow Members on Waitlist to sign up for Additional Outings.

    The system currently does not allow members to sign up for more than one outing. If you are on a waitlist, particularly if you are third or more on that list, I think the system should allow you to also sign up for another trip as backup. It seems unfair to force members to give up a potential spot on their preferred trip only to confirm on less preferred trip simply because of the system. Thank you.

    19 votes
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    Low Priority  ·  9 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Entering, Tracking and Reporting Volunteer Hours SD394++

    Some features needed:
    * Self-reporting volunteer hours (e.g. projects and committee meetings)
    * Add a My Volunteer Hours page (self-reported, activities, courses and events [and volunteer opportunities])
    * Printing volunteer hours for company matching
    * Salesforce volunteer hours reporting

    9 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Show Badge Dates on Mouse Over Tool Tip GH1598

    When viewing a person's My Profile page, show the earned date and expiration date of the badge in a tool tip that appears on mouse-over.

    3 votes
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    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    You can now see badge assigned and expiration dates when you “mouse over” the badge on your My Profile page.

  17. Weekend Activities Filter SD502/503

    Add a filter to the activities search so you can find weekend events only.

    9 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Message board for leaders and members wanting to coordinate an activity

    Would be great to have a space where leaders could put up an activity idea and find out if other leaders might be interested in joining up for key swaps, car camps, etc. Leaders could ask for anyone's recent experience with a particular trail or trailhead. On the same space, members could put up a trip that they'd like to do and see if they can interest a leader in doing it; barring that, to find other members who might like to do it privately.

    22 votes
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    15 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Medium Priority  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    The idea of creating a member forum was identified as part of our Vision 2022 strategic planning process, and did not rise above the line for investment in this strategic plan (as voted on in our town hall conversations and online ranking survey). We would love to create better social functionality within our website. Having folks use unmoderated Facebook, etc. pages does create fracturing within the community and does not always best represent The Mountaineers. Creating an online place for people to build community and connect with one another remains on our list of long-term plans. Building the platform for this type of social interaction is quite expensive (we’ve looked into it) and would require at least one additional staff person to moderate and manage. When we have enough resources available, we will make this a priority. Likely in the coming 3-5 years.

  19. My Calendar SD411

    Add a "My Calendar" page where I can see all of my activities on a calendar, or subscribe to an iCal feed of my activities.

    Update April 2018
    We are "cancelling" this for lack of a better status, because each of the items below is its own idea, and some are complete. Please visit the individual items to vote for or subscribe to them. Thanks!

    Update April 26 2016
    Thanks to everyone who took the leader survey. The calendar requests with the most votes are below.


    1. The ability to filter by weekday or weekend which we are tracking here: http://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/7910340-weekend-activities-filter

    32 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Cancelled  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    Update April 2018
    We are “cancelling” this for lack of a better status, because each of the items below is its own idea, and some are complete. Please visit the individual items to vote for or subscribe to them. Thanks!

    Update April 26 2016
    Thanks to everyone who took the leader survey. The calendar requests with the most votes are below.

    1. The ability to filter by weekday or weekend which we are tracking here: http://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/7910340-weekend-activities-filter

    2. Ability to receive a calendar reminder when registration is opening for an activity. This is part of the Alerts & Notification idea, https://mountaineers.uservoice.com/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/7457242-add-bucket-tick-wish-list-and-email-notifications

    3. Ability to sync outside calendar (Outlook, Google) with your Mountaineers Activities/Events which is part of the original idea above. COMPLETEALL calendar views on our website come with a iCal download, so for anything with a calendar view, you can download the relevant calendars and view them overplayed…

  20. Add "Calendar View" to the activity search SD501

    Add "Calendar View" to the activity search so that people looking for a certain type of activity but have time limitations can quickly see what activities would be valid.

    EX: I am busy every other weekend and would like to look for evening scrambles, currently I have to go through all of the listed scrambles. Where if there was a Calendar view to the search results I would be able to see the available scrambles quickly.

    4 votes
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