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  1. 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.

  2. 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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  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.).

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  4. 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?

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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.

  5. 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.

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  6. Add Emergency Contacts to Committee Rosters & Course Rosters GH1836

    Currently, emergency contacts can be viewed / printed for Activity Rosters, but not Committee Rosters or Course Rosters. This creates a shortcoming in safety preparation for course field trips, as there is not a reliable means of having emergency contact info available for students & instructors participating at field trips. Would seemingly be a relatively easy fix to make Committee & Course Rosters function similar to Activity Rosters.

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    4 comments  ·  Safety  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 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.

  8. Have an option to display Learn items and Explore activities in one screen SD360

    If I want to see everything going on at all branches for both Explore (activities) and and Learn (courses/clinics/events) in (for example) Sea Kayaking there is not a straight forward way of doing this. I want to look ahead and decide what in the Sea Kayaking world I might like to do and have it all listed chronologically.

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    6 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We just launched all of these changes:

    As part of “single activity courses,” we now show the new “single activity courses” in both Find Activities and Find Course, Clinics and Seminars.

    We have improved the site-wide search where one can find any kind of content and be able to filter that search on the type of content desire (e.g. activities, courses and/or events).

    More info about Single Activity Courses
    http://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/6836270-create-a-new-course-content-type-better-suited-for

    More info about Site Search Improvements
    http://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/7053736-improve-site-wide-search-sd360

    Also visit thew blog for these updates:
    https://www.mountaineers.org/blog/2-5-seminars-clinics-search-youth

  9. 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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  10. Sharing participant information among activity leaders GH1654

    At our 2014 cross-branch hike-backpack committee summit, the number one source of burnout and frustration among leaders was the difficulty in identifying participants who are capable of completing the posted itinerary vs. those who could derail the group. Recent website updates now allow activity leaders to record participant performance ratings when closing their activities, using a dropdown box with the following categories: Successful, Turned Around, Needs Improvement, Failed/Unsafe, NoShow, Waitlisted, Canceled. Then a future leader can use the website search to find a particular member they'd like to evaluate for an activity, open their profile, and look at their Activity…

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

    We now show the overall trip result on the My Activities page along with the participant result which allows leaders to easily see if a participant canceled or if the trip was canceled.

    We discovered that another big issue is chronic late cancellations. We are setting up an email to go to people who exhibit this behavior. With input from leaders, we defined chronic late cancellation is as anyone who cancels after registration closed 3 or more times in a 3-month period.

    We will also send a similar email to anyone who is reported as a “no show” by the leader when they close their activity roster.

    These three improvements achieve the desire for leaders to share participant information.

  11. 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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  12. Improve trip reports SD22

    Improve trip reports by allowing date of trip and more photos, rich text, potential for an additional field.

    Also want leaders to be able to submit trip reports that are linked to the activity as an official write up but also allow members to write trip reports.

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    9 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Completed May 2016.

    See new tech blog for details, choose View Trip Reports from the Explore menu to search them, or choose a route/place or activity where you were a participant to add one. Note that you can edit any that you have already submitted to take advantage of the new features.

  13. Course-Related Activities website architecture change

    Summary:
    Course-Related Activities need to be connected with the pertinent Course offering. (i.e. Course-Related Activities should NOT be connected to the generic Course Template and thereby connected to all offerings of Courses based on that Template).

    Detail:

    With the current setup, the process for creating an instance of a Course is to start with the pertinent Course Template. The Course is then filled out with more detail by creating Course-Related Activities (such as lectures, field trips, etc), which are at specific locations at specific dates / times.

    It is important for each unique offering of a Course to have its…

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    7 comments  ·  Courses  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    We had a chance to discuss our course architecture in depth on June 9 in Everett and how to best utilize the structure we have to avoid almost all of the problems listed in this thread. The one item we are working on for fall is having a single seminar style course type which is much more activity like in nature but has an instructional component to handle special instructor clinics and workshops that we often offer in The Mountaineers. We hope to meet again with Everett leaders in the fall to help schedule courses and make sure that everyone understands the most efficient way to set up and manage courses and the activities that go with them.

    If you’d like to know more about or comment on the single activity course please comment here: http://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/6836270-create-a-new-course-content-type-better-suited-for

  14. Improve Program Center Reservation Process GH1167/1168/1169/1175/1176/1177

    Submitting a room reservation for the Seattle Program Center is incredibly time consuming and there is a lot of room for error. For example, the calendar does not show which room is reserved, so you have to click on each event so you can see if the room you want is available. If you're looking for a room in a future month (which is often the case), each time you go back to the calendar, it defaults to the current month, so you then have to scroll again to the date you're looking for and click on the next event…

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    4 comments  ·  Events  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Make the "+more" Link More Obvious GH1485

    We want to make the "+more" link on the activity and course detail pages more obvious so users see them and are more apt to use them. It could be a button, larger font or... We are open to suggestions. Please do add any you have to the comments.

    Also, though many Routes & Places don't yet have lengthy descriptions, we may want to add a "+more" link or button to them too.

    Example: https://www.mountaineers.org/explore/routes-places/the-tooth-south-face

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  16. Display calendar for program centers and youth programs in terms of spaces/volunteers needed. GH2132/2133/2134

    When looking at a calendar and considering whether a room is available or, with respect to youth program volunteer needs, whether there is a need for volunteers, that is not displayed. For example, in looking at a PC calendar, I have to know what all the room options are and then figure out what is available by exclusion. When I look at the "volunteer with youth calendar," I can see a program, but not how many volunteers it needs (if any). Prominently display the need so people "don't have to think" (the book that drives much web design) and can…

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  17. Improve site wide search SD360

    Always show text box with search button in the header of the website, the magnify glass doesn't look like a search button the way other websites do. - suggestion from Focus Groups

    In site search show summary view of course, activity and events. Bring search filters over to the left hand side which would allow you to search for activities, events and courses all in the same place. It is important that start date of the activity range is part of this site wide search. Make it so that leaders and admins can search for things like activity templates or…

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    5 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    We added a box next to the magnify glass to make it more evident that you can search mountaineers.org

    The search now allows you to easily filter by content type more easily like file or course or activity or member (Contact).

    The search is by relevance but there are now search features that allow you to additionally filter by created date or start date or A-Z etc.

    We encourage you to go ahead and try it out and let us know if it appears there is a filter missing or another way you’d like search results displayed.

  18. Notification to Course or Activity Leaders when someone registers GH1289

    Many leaders have asked for the ability to get a notification of when someone signs up for their trip or course. At the same time, many people are feeling inundated with too many emails and would not want these added to their inbox. The ability to opt in or out of notifications like this when you set up a trip or course has been suggested so I am putting it into this forum to see how many people would like to invest time into developing a solution for this. If possible, maybe people would prefer the choice of either email…

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    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    Leaders can now request to be notified when registrants register or cancel themselves from an activity listing. This option lives on the activity Edit form on the registration tab where you normally enter registration open and close date and enter the capacity for your activity.

  19. Add a filter for Cancelled Activities on My Activities page GH1325

    Can we please get a sort or filter button on this page so that we don't have to view the canceled events?

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    4 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Based on the original request and comments, we added “Show Canceled” checkbox, “Show waitlisted” checkbox and a date range filter. We did the same for the My Courses & Programs page. Go check it out!!

  20. Display trail or route on route/place map GH2019

    While it would be a lot of work to populate initially, the question was raised at our committee meeting whether the map for a route/place could actually show the route, rather than just the start and end points. This could come from either a GPS track or from tracing it out on a map. Alternatively, there could be a place, like a "Materials" folder and tab for each route/place, where we could upload a GPX file with the route.

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