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  1. 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…

    32 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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…

  2. Make Peak Pins and other awards more public and interactive on the website

    Make Peak Pin and Paddle pins public on the website so members can see all of the neat awards their fellow members have completed and/or are working on. Plus we need to have good descriptions of the requirements for each of the awards.

    27 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We just completed editing and publishing the award badges that existed on our old website. They are at Membership > Badges, https://www.mountaineers.org/membership/badges/award-peak-pin-badges.

    There are two for which we need badge images. We should have those by the end of March.

    We’ll next work on adding badges; including content, images and roster; for our organization and branch service awards. We do not yet have this scheduled.

    Please take a look and let us know if you have any questions or find anything that needs corrected.

    Thanks to all you helped us get these done!

  3. Printer-friendly Roster Page with Contact Info for Leaders SD319

    In preparing for an activity, leaders often want to bring a long a printout of their activity roster, including participant names, mobile phone, email, and emergency contact info. Currently we have to export this info to excel and spend time removing unnecessary columns and rows and doing a lot of formatting to produce this. Offer a printer-friendly page that formats this info (and leaves out the unnecessary info like cancelled registrations, etc.).

    25 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Rosters  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. MailTo button on Rosters and other web email improvements GH1123

    The email button on the roster page is pretty much useless because of the crippled form based email that is built in. Add another button with a MailTo link behind it that feeds the default email client with the list of selected email address in the header.

    That's basically the same functionality we had under IMIS--it was robust, immensely useful, and the necessary programming is trivial.

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    2 comments  ·  Rosters  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Branches and Committees self-maintain content on their pages

    Allow Branches and Committees to self-maintain their pages. Committees can now maintain a brief description, but it is limited to text and cannot contain any formatting, images, links, or other useful stuff. There is currently a fairly long description for each Branch, but it is too static and, as far as I can tell, maintained by the PC. With more control of Branch page(s) on the club website, the need for Branches to have the separate websites is minimized.

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

    Committee pages have a new look! Go check them out and start adding content to the rich text description and summary. You can also create a folder and then create a whole new webpage with extra content that you can link to . Check out Tacoma Sea Kayaking, Olympia Hiking, Everett Scrambling, Seattle climbing as examples where some content has been added. Committee admins should be able to edit and committee members can now delete and archive content. Check out the Tech 2.3 Blog on the homepage for more web updates. Contact member services for additional questions about updating your committee pages. Additionally there are new links on the Getting Started pages which link back to branch communities and from the Learn menu to divert people to get plugged into their branches.

  6. Make separate feedback form for instructors at field trips GH1865

    Feedback form is identical for both participants and instructors at a field trip - the questions should be tailored differently.

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    3 comments  ·  Courses  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We had a separate instructor feedback form for course listings only and now we have a separate form for instructors at field trips rather than the same form as participants.

    We are now gathering info about whether leaders felt prepared for their role in addition to the regular safety and curriculum feedback info.

  7. Create a new course content type better suited for our single seminar courses SD296

    Create a type of content that is similar to courses but is more useful for the once a year, one-off seminars that we do. It would be connected to a route/place like activities but have course graduation function or the ability to add badges to it and mostly would be good for things like winter scramble seminars or pool sessions that are activities that have learning attached to them but aren't full fledged courses.

    17 votes
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    10 comments  ·  Courses  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Remember Me Checkbox on login screen GH1051

    Add "Remember Me" option so that my login persists until I deliberately logout. Or maybe increase the expiration timer to 24 hours or something like that. I just get tired of logging in 10 or 15 times a day. I'm not that concerned about the security risk--what's a hacker going to do...sign me up for a course?

    15 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    When you log in there is a box now that you can check that says “Keep me logged in.” Checking this box will keep you logged in for 30 days if you are simply closing your browser rather than logging out.

  9. Add a "My Branch" Link GH1868

    Add a My Branch link next to My Activities and My Courses and Programs on the short click menu when you click on your name when you are logged in to see branch events and blogs and stay up to date on all branch activities.

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    0 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Members and guests can now access their branch page from the My Branch link in their profile menu in the upper right side of the header of every page on our website. Now everyone the same quick access to their branch info as they do to their profile, activities and courses.

    Please be sure that content on your branch pages, including blog posts and events, are up-to-date, because we anticipate this will drive higher traffic to your pages.

  10. Improve Activity Edit Form (sea kayak fields plus pace)

    We re-ordered fields to make more sense when listing the activity. Improved and added help text to some of the fields.

    We added three fields for kayakers, maximum wind, maximum waves and maximum current. We also added a free form field for pace of the activity.

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    Completed  ·  2 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Leader "Difficulty" Rating Default to Blank GH2331

    Currently when listing a new activity, the "Leader Rating" field defaults to "For Beginners (Getting Started Series)" There are cases where a trip is NOT for beginners, but the leader never changed their rating. Can the Leader Rating default to blank, and require the leader to select one of the options rather than default to For Beginners?

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    1 comment  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Redesign Website Header and Sitemap, and Integrate mountaineersbooks.org with mountaineers.org SD579

    Redesign our website header so it is better for mid-size mobile devices and re-organize our site map so that it better includes features we've added since launch (e.g. selling books, find volunteers, lodges), etc. This will involve UX design and some graphic design work.

    Add "Locations" to the top level and move Branches, Outdoor Centers and Program Centers there.

    Selling eBooks, ability to use promo codes currently in use on mountaineersbooks.org (e.g. buy one get one free) and content migration (pages, blogs, calendars, etc.) are the key considerations. Integrating our two websites will eliminate confusion of where to purchase books,…

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    Completed  ·  7 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Remember me function on log in page is broken GH2020

    "Remember me" on the log in page is not working and when I open new windows or close my browser I have to log in again.

    12 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We now have this fixed. Please let us know if you have any issues with the “Keep me logged in” feature.

    Remember that when you use this it will last for 30 days for each device/browser combination so long as you do not log out.

  14. Allow us to list multiple routes-places for different activity types or difficulty levels to the same locale

    We've been told that we have to use a generic route-place for an activity going to a particular locale even if that generic route-place is a poor fit to what we plan to do and may turn off potential participants. For example, a route-place may be listed as a scramble or climb and I want to list a hike or backpack there - it will show up in the activity search as a scramble and hikers won't want to do it. Or sometimes a route-place is listed as a hike and I want to do it as a backpack but…

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    6 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    When creating new Routes/Places leaders now have the option of having multiple activities tagged as suitable activities for that Route. For example Marmot Pass can be listed as a Hike and a backpack and Table Mountain (baker) can be listed so it shows up in Skiing and in Snowshoeing.

    Additionally when a leader lists an activity for that route/place the activity will default to the mileage and elevation gain and route difficulty but leaders have the ability to change that mileage and elevation gain and difficulty to more accurately describe their specific trip.

    When searching for activities via the Find Activities under EXPLORE, the summary statement now shows to set one’s trip apart from other trips. The leader’s chosen difficulty also shows.

  15. Volunteers need to be able to delete and archive content SD227/280

    Should be able to remove course materials from Manage Course Materials area or get rid of course templates no longer being used or files that are not up to date.

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  16. Add info to the lodge stay roster downloads GH2426

    On the download of both Individual Lodge Stay Rosters and the View Lodge Stay Rosters, add these columns as the right-most columns:

    - Age
    - Membership Status
    - Carpool Preference
    - Carpool Notes

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  17. Measure what we care about at the member, committee, and branch levels. SD317

    There are a number of statistical and reporting needs and desires that many people spend a great deal of time trying to capture. I would like to see us develop metrics and create "dashboards" that automate this data collection and allow us to quickly identify trends in the data that help us plan for the most successful future. For example:

    Branches and Committees often want to know (or would be interested in): # of Leaders, # of trips being posted, % of closed out trips, #of courses offered, # of students in courses, # of participants on trips sponsored by…

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    7 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Completed Final Part Jun 2018

    The final piece we want to have available is aggregate committee leader feedback. This feedback allows committee admins to enter an activity or course start date and see all feedback for that outing in one place. It also allows committee admins to quickly see Leader feedback in one place.

    We currently have monthly dashboards being sent to each branch with information about the number of trips, courses and membership information.

    We also have the member services team pulling trip statistics and additional committee reporting via requests to info@mountaineers.org. We strive for a 48 business hour turnaround on these requests.

  18. Email Non-primary Lodge Guests GH2289

    Ask for all non-primary guest email addresses as part of the reservation process with the default being the primary guest's email. This will help us better communicate will all lodge guests with info about the weekend including lodge stay cancellations. It will also help us with recruiting an engagement.

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  19. Waitlisted people can take themselves off a trip any time GH2131

    I see why people signed up for a trip need to contact the leader to take themselves off a trip after signups for the trip has closed. However, I DON'T SEE why that applies for people who are merely waitlisted.
    What is the possible logic for this?? Especially since being waitlisted means you can't sign up for anything else at the same time. You need to contact the leader and then the leader, who may be away from email, needs to take them off. Especially since the closure period for some trips is way in advance of the trip.
    This…

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  20. Profile - improved clarity to user re what shows as public or private? GH1974

    Might there be a better interface re our profiles that would make crystal clear to the user what information is kept private and what is viewable to Mountaineer members (public)?

    **Update: Also would be good for leaders to be able to discern which members want their info private versus shared with our members. This means looking at how rosters show up for courses, activities and events for both participants and leaders.

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