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  1. Alerts & Notifications "Leave Blank for All Branches" GH3015

    For the "Branches" field change it so that leaving it blank is the same as having selected all of the branches in the list.

    Change the help text for Branches to: With these branches... (leave blank to choose all branches)

    Change the help text for Activities to: Of these types... (choose at least one to get notifications)

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  2. Course Activity Data Export Improvement GH3028

    Investigate alternatives for the Course Activities Export. It takes several minutes to get the datatables view, because there are often several thousand records associated with the request. There may be more, but few options are:


    • Check how much overhead there is in Diazo processing of the markup? Avoiding that may be one reason that converting the main course roster view to be React-based helped so much. If that's correct you could possibly load this part of the page in an iframe that bypasses Diazo.


    • A bit off the wall... After clicking the "download" button, display a message (in a popup?)…

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  3. Pre-order/Backorder Quantity GH3044

    As a website visitor pre-ordering or backordering a a book, allow me to enter a quantity that is applied when I click the "pre-order" or "backorder" button, and allow me to change this on the payment page, so that I may pre- or backorder more than one copy of a book at a time.

    3 votes
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  4. Pre-order/Backorder User-applied Promo Codes GH3045

    As a website visitor pre-ordering or backordering a book, allow me to enter a promo code on the payment page, so that I can receive a discount if one is offered. And display the automatically applied promo code the member discount.

    4 votes
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  5. Add "Item Type" Select List to Universal Header Search GH3048

    As a website visitor, show me a list of content types next to the search box in the universal header so that I may choose the type of content and my search terms in one go.

    Notes:
    - If viewing the Program global header, default this to "All."
    - If viewing the Books global header, default this to "Book."

    2 votes
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  6. Improve Author-Book Relationship in Acumen and Plone GH3050

    In some cases, we have a contributor who has one role on one book and another role on another book (e.g. "by" and "Foreword by"). In these cases we end up with multiple contact records for the same contributor. In Plone, we have this covered with the "member," "book," and "book roster." In Acumen, we need to be sure that we have only one contributor record and use the "override role" field when their contribution is different from their primary role.

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  7. Add Shipping Address to Profile GH3062

    Add shipping address fields to contact profile and rename "address" fields to billing address. And use the shipping and billing addresses and defaults for purchase for logged in users.

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  8. Default billling address for "checkout as guest" GH2975

    When a user buys books or merchandise and checks out as a guest, use the shipping address they entered as the billing address on the page where we collect their credit card information. Or maybe it's better if we add a "Billing address is same as shipping address" checkbox above the billing address fields. This seems like the better, more common user experience.

    Do this for:
    - Checking out without logging in, the multi-item "regular" shopping cart
    - Placing a pre-order or backorder as a guest, the single-item shopping cart

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  9. More Naturalist Articles

    Wildlife photography especially is effective at stretching newcomers to the outdoors beyond climbing and running.

    2 votes
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    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    Thanks for the suggestion. As a nonprofit and volunteer-led organization, all content is contributed on a volunteer basis and is a reflection of the interests and expertise of our membership. We do not currently have a wildlife specific photography group, however we do have an active photography committee which shares regular blogs about their trips. We also feature wildlife photography in a number of the books published by Mountaineers Books. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact the photography committee (https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/seattle-branch/committees/seattle-photography-committee) or you can volunteer to contribute your own wildlife photography content here: https://www.mountaineers.org/mountaineer-magazine/contribute).

  10. When trips are co-led by two leaders who report to different branches and committees please can both sponsor and share credit? GH3075

    When trips are co-led by two leaders who report to different branches and committees please can both sponsor and share credit?

    2 votes
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  11. Automatically Add Instructors to Committee Roster GH2511

    When an person registers for or is registered for an activity as an Instructor, in addition to adding them to the course's team roster (if part of a course), add them as an Instructor to the sponsoring Committee's team roster as an instructor or check their instructor box if they are already on the Committee's team roster and their Instructor box is not already checked.

    2 votes
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  12. When Copying a Blog Post Do NOT Copy Comments GH2497

    When copying a blog post do not copy any associated comments. Sometime we copy a blog post as the starting point for a new blog post. One example is our "10 Essential Questions" blog.

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  13. Allow Site Admins to Delete Comments GH2498

    Allow Site Admins (i.e. Staff group) to delete comments on content items. So far we mostly have comments on blogs. This is needed for improved comment moderation.

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    0 comments  ·  Infrastructure  ·  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.

  14. Improve Course Application Process GH2951

    Improve the online forms so that applications can be housed on our website (which is ideal), with a prefilled field linking to a particular course, that the form builder creates. When the form is submitted, the applicant is automatically added to the "applied" roster, and the same process continues from there. This has the advantage of reducing admin burden, but it will require our online forms to be much easier to build so that our leaders will make applications in plone. Probably a much bigger project.

    2 votes
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  15. Catch and Handle API Tax Rate Exceptions GH2919

    As a site visitor purchasing books and/or merchandise, show me an error message if the tax API fails so I know how to get my order placed. We think the best is to retry a few times and if that fails use a fallback rate from site settings.

    6 votes
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  16. Re-sync Failed Plone-Acumen Transactions GH2921

    Add a "Re-sync to Acumen button to receipt pages to enable Mountaineers staff to re-sync a transaction to Acumen. With power outages, Acumen posting, and server maintenance, this will make it easier to get any missed orders to Acumen without having to enter them manually.

    6 votes
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  17. 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.

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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…

  18. Creating book/product bundles GH2996

    I'd like to return the ability to create bundles in Plone, e.g. Day Hiking bundle.

    Right now, the problem with the old way of doing bundles are a) Acumen -> Plone inventory would always show 0, a1) "faking" inventory has no way to stop if 1 or more book in bundle runs out, and b) a pain to create royalties/requires too many staff to set up a single product

    3 votes
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  19. Simple and Effective Feedback Surveys & Incident Reports

    (1) Keep it simple and quick to attract more feedback.
    (2) For instance, we could have multi-choice or single-choice questions on page 1 (change it to cover a bigger picture than we do already) and have a conditional page if people wish to add more comments/improvements if they wish to.
    (3) Separate the near-miss report and incident report. They serve different purposed and requires attention and follow-up on a different scale.

    These are my thoughts; hope we can achieve to bring more feedback from participants by making it easy and quick. And also, by creating open culture to encourage near…

    1 vote
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  20. Sync Promo Code Data to Salesforce GH2966

    Sync the promo code data to Salesforce so that we can better report on promo codes, know when one that is scheduled goes live, know when one expires, and know if one was published.

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