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  1. Change Membership to My Membership in My profile GH901

    Some of my volunteers and parents are having trouble changing their membership level on their own because they keep trying to find the "Change my Membership Level" button under the Membership dropdown menu at the top of the page, not the Membership link on the sidebar. It's a small change, but I think if we change the blue sidebar name to "My Membership" people will find this option more easily. - Sarah

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    Completed  ·  0 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Make land manager title a type-ahead field

    Make the Land Manager field a type ahead field in Routes/places so the proper information can be entered the first time during creation.

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    0 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    We improved all of type ahead field, so they are working much better now.

    You can also add to type ahead field by typing the entire name of the new item and clicking on it.

  3. Have the route/place default view as if the "map" tab had been clicked

    When pulling up a route/place, there isn't much showing until you click on the "map" blue tab. Why not have that as default?

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    1 comment  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    We set this so the default tab for leaders is “Activities” and for everyone else it it “Map.”

  4. Roster screen: Student status and sorting

    On the roster screens for activities and courses display names in last name, firstname MI format (also when searching to add people). Put a set of checkboxes on the main roster screens to let leaders update status without needing to drill down to the edit screen for eaxch student.

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    0 comments  ·  Rosters  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    On course rosters you can now change the position and student expiration date for multiple participants.

  5. Events calendar: Display pending events to admins

    calendar: Allow admins to see events that are pending. State seems to only show published events. It is very difficult to find an event once it has been submitted for review.

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  6. Feedback items should have id numbers

    When a feedback item or idea has been submitted display its id number for reference

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    1 comment  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    I just did some investigating and it doesn’t look like there is a way to see those for easy reference but they are listed in the url if you click on the item. ie this idea is in the forum 273688 and has a unique reference number 6803077

  7. Add Review button for Editing

    This is the only web-edit tool I can think of that doesn't have a REVIEW
    option. Unless I'm missing something, I can only SAVE or CANCEL from EDIT
    mode. The requires many edits - and the system has been sluggish this afternoon.
    Please add "REVIEW" to the wish list. :-)

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    0 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    Greg,
    The web system we chose for mountaineers.org is a modern content management system which uses the different statuses of private, pending review and published. The private setting is similar to a review button where you can review what you just made but it isn’t available as published material to the public.

    Sites can be sluggish or fast for a wide variety of reasons but please let us know if there is a specific action you are regularly doing on the website that is consistently taking a long time.

    You can learn more about creating blog posts here: https://www.mountaineers.org/volunteers/leader-resources/branch-committee-how-tos#blog

    and managing other content here: https://www.mountaineers.org/volunteers/leader-resources/branch-committee-how-tos#edit101

  8. Increase search functionality for routes-places

    If it is necessary for us to avoid posting multiple routes-places and activities to the same trail, it would be very helpful to have the ability for users to enter a flexible set of 'tags' with the range of place names along the planned route that can be searched for to find other routes-places or activities going to the same place but named something different.

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    3 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    Lots of great updates have been made to routes/places which allow greater flexibility have been made.
    Read more here
    http://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/6756014-allow-us-to-list-multiple-routes-places-for-differ

    We are also working with leaders to make sure that everyone understands that search uses the titles and summary statements so making sure that any alternative names for a route/place are in the summary.

    And of course if you see a route/place that needs to have a name changed or added just email info@mountaineers.org

  9. Group instructors/leaders separately on course rosters

    Group leaders and instructors separately from course participants in course rosters

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  10. Merge Duplicate Member Records

    Member Services needs to be able to merge duplicate member records.

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  11. New Email Management system needed

    We need a better email management system so our members can choose which emails they want from us.

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    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    In November we started using Exact Target to manage our newsletters and other organizational wide emails.

  12. Tacoma Program Center Calendar

    We need a program center calendar for Tacoma the way Seattle does.

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    Completed  ·  0 comments  ·  Events  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Apply member discount to course fee if membership is in shopping cart

    It's giving me the non-member price for the course even though I have a membership in my shopping cart.

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  14. Improve the ability to act as family member for activity registration

    It doesn't seem to be working to masquerade as a family member from the My Profile drop down menu.

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  15. Improve Incident Reporting GH824

    Incident reporting appears as just an embedded email link in the trip report
    when a leader closes an activity. Its output are the emails that appear
    from those trip leaders sending the email. That makes it harder for the
    Safety Officer to identify and group them in mail. Basic metadata like
    which branch this pertains to is not appended in the body. That makes it
    hard to determine who is accountable for follow up. It would be really nice
    if we could re-institute a form that writes to the DB and generates an email
    FROM a single incident reporting address…

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  16. 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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  17. Add to Check to Feedback Forms for Incident Report Info GH2731/2732

    When checking whether to send an email to the Safety Committee (for all feedback forms) and whether to direct the user to the Incident Report Form (for activity-related feedback forms only) after submitting a Feedback Survey Form, in addition to checking if the answer to "Were there any safety incidents or near-misses on this trip? " is "yes," also check to see if the "Describe the incident or near-miss." response in NOT empty, If either is true send the Safety Committee and email and redirect the user to the Incident Report.

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  18. Contact Merge Improvements GH2406/2578

    Merge content authorship (e.g. Routes & Places, blogs, feedback responses etc.) when merging contacts.

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  19. Upgrade to latest 4.3.x version of Plone GH2850

    To make sure we have the latest bugfixes, can more easily contribute any fixes of our own back to Plone, and are in the best position to upgrade to Plone 5.

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  20. Upgrade to Plone 5

    Our website is built on Plone 4.3 which runs on Python 2. Support for Python 2 ends in 2020. Plans to have Plone 5.2 on Python 3 are in the works. To be sure we are able to maintain support and install needed security patches, we should begin the process of upgrading to Plone 5 in late FY2019 and complete the transition in early FY2020. We will get many small side benefits from the upgrane to Plone 5 like being able to have links in help text and importing events.

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