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  1. Auto-populate branch council rosters with all chairs of branch activity committees

    There are some times when a branch council roster isn't updated after a new chair comes on to an activity committee. If this wasn't a difficult or expensive feature, it would alleviate one bit of data entry for branch council's AND help prevent other committees from missing communications from the councils.

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    Medium Priority  ·  0 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. We need to have short URLs that are easy to remember...

    Right now, the URL to the individual activity committees (i.e. Photography) is super long and impossible to remember. Plus, there's no easy way to find these committees since they are not specifically listed under a branch or anywhere in the navigation (that I could find). For instance, the Photography committee's page URL is https://www.mountaineers.org/about/branches-committees/seattle-branch/committees/seattle-photography-committee. That is super long! We need a way to do short URLs that will get us to these pages. Using a short URL website like bit.ly would work, but the URLs don't make any sense, so no easier to remember.

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    1 comment  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The short URL for the Seattle Photography Committee’s page is mountaineers.org/seattle/photography.

    We are happy to make these following this format on request son long as the committee’s web page is has up-to-date, well-formatted content.

  3. Sort Courses and Activities by Date GH1837/1955

    Contents view of a Course Template or Activities folder apparently returns items oldest-first. This requires scrolling to the bottom of the page to find the newest (and most likely of interest) items. Please change to sort sub-folders first, then courses or activities by newest first.

    Note, if not fixed, this will become increasingly more inconvenient as history accumulates

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

    The column headers in the “folder contents” view are now spaced correctly and you can sort (as you always have) by clicking on a column header. But the sort is only one direction ( e.g. A-Z) for now. The reverse sort now works as it should.

    If you want to have a faceted search on any of your course template “Activities” folders, please send an email to info@mountaineers.org.

  4. Better links to committee pages

    One thing that irks me is if I'm not logged into the website and try to find a committee page, it's impossible. You would think each committee would be listed under the branch, but that's not the case. If you click on the branch, you get their page/latest news, but no list of committees! If visitors to the site can't easily find the different committees, how can they really get an idea of what we each do?

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    1 comment  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    We’ve added links to branch pages under the learn section where committee material can be highlighted and in the course overview section we link back to branches and committee pages. Ie if you go to photography courses in course overviews and click the Seattle link it links to Seattle photography committee page.

  5. Make names on roster open their profile so you can view all badges, activities and course history GH1490

    When I click on participants names in the roster it only shows their
    basic profile data. When I click on names in the roster I'm doing it to
    see their recent activities and how much they have done recently. So I
    have to instead copy and past their name into the search button. Its
    time consuming doing this for a whole roster of names. Clicking the
    names in the roster should take you right to the profile screen where
    you can click someone's activities.

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  6. Creating and finding volunteer opportunities SD404/389/390/392/393

    Features need:
    * Skills & Interests Widget
    * Posting opportunities
    * Finding opportunities
    * Reporting hours from opportunitity rosters
    * Opting into recieving emails about opportunities

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  7. Add "Slider Images" to Branch Home Pages SD385

    Allow branch admins to add images to their branch 's page that will be "slider images" similar to the main mountaineers.org home page. They will be images only (no special text, boxes or links).

    Some thought this was part of the branch home page design, but that was not perfectly clear in specification.

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  8. Mileage and Elevation Gain modifications GH1474

    Although Leaders can change the mileage and elevation of a trip they took instead of using the default route/place data, they currently have to do this by editing the "activity." It would be one-step easier if this was possible on the same page as when you "close out" the activity. Can we duplicate that data input there as well as in the activity template?

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

    You may now update the mileage and elevation gain when closing an activity in addition to the trip results, participant results and volunteer hours. We also improved the instructions on the roster page, so it shoudl be much clearer how to close an activity.

  9. Still Logged In as a Zope User GH1096

    A few folks have received a "Still Logged is as Zope User" message when logging out of the website. Please let us know if you are one of them. Thanks!

    Here is info that would be helpful to us if you experience this issue:

    - What device are you using (brand, model, etc.)

    - What browser and operating system you are using.

    - Was there anything odd about when you logged in?

    - From where did you log in (e.g. following a link in an email or bookmark/favorite that required log in or navigation directly to mountaineers.org.)?

    - What page…

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  10. When regional chairs offer to help a member with something, follow through!

    I have a road trip to Zion coming up and would have liked to post as global activity. I have been a member for only one year so was unable to post. Tacoma Branch Chair offered to help any way he could and though I reached out twice, I received no follow through. Suggest:
    1. Changing rules for activity posts so those who have experience and good activities can communicate to others who may be interested in participating.
    2. If you are a in a lead position (regional chair) and offer your assistance, follow through to your membership community. It…

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  11. Improve Drill Down Navigation in Left Side Bar

    I waste a lot of time navigating up and down the hierarchy page-by-page. Certainly, the breadcrumbs and the navigation tree in the left side bar are a great help for more effecient navigation.

    Unfortunately, the left sidebar is somewhat limited because at certain levels the expand/collapse arrows no longer work. For example,when you encounter "committees", you cannot drill down further. Instead, you must move your attention to the body of the page and choose a committee from there. Then the hierarchy in the side bar miraculously expands and you can continue drilling down from there. (Until you reach another committees…

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    1 comment  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    As you noted, one can now drill down at the committee level. We cannot do this for the branch “home page” because branches requested a home page style that did NOT include the left navigation panel. You do get the lefty navigation back once you’ve gone to the Branch News, Courses & Activities or About Us page.

  12. Volunteer Recognition Badges

    We have Super Volunteer and Key Leader Badges. What other ideas do you have for volunteer recognition badges? This input, combined with our current and future website abilities will help us make the best decisions as we develop ways to recognize the hard work that our volunteers do.

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  13. Preview Activity before saving

    There should be a way to preview an activity before submitting it. Currently one saves and then edits (submitted by Henry Romer during Focus Groups).

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

    Leaders can change their trip to Private state which is a “review” state. When an activity is private it will still show up in a leader’s My Activities area but not in the search area for the general public.

    We chose to make activities automatically published because that is what most leaders requested, especially because you can specify open and close registration dates. And you can always go in and edit your activity.

  14. Create Volunteering "interests and skills" checklists SD187/188/189/283/317

    One of the quickest ways to match organization needs with membership talent is to identify what skills are needed and what skills potential volunteers are willing to offer. When such postings are put on the website on the "Get Involved as a Volunteer" webpage (https://www.mountaineers.org/volunteers/get-involved-as-a-volunteer), we have YET not to have someone come forward and offer to help out. If your profile page allowed you to report your interests and skills, The Mountaineers could more specifically target recruitment efforts to people who are most likely to like the work being offered. It's a fundamental part of ensuring that…

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

    Check out the My Volunteer Profile tab from your account and My Profile link.

  15. Bring Trip Feedback Survey onto Mountaineers.org and include course surveys SD31/38

    President Dan Lauren created a trip survey mechanism that operates through a different platform than Mountaineers.org but which provides invaluable information for Leaders about how their trips were viewed. It would be great to make this information easier for Leaders to see on Mountaineers.org rather than another platform with a different log-in. This could then be expanded to courses and allowing committees to analyze feedback from students efficiently through the website as well.

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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    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

  19. 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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    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

  20. Web forms and surveys integrated into the website GH1674

    It would be great to have web forms available to leaders so we can create course applications, branch surveys, run branch elections, etc directly on the website using the member's login

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    1 comment  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’ve recently made a bit of progress using these for feedback surveys, safety incident reports, and equivalency and leader applications.

    It will take quite a bit more work to make these available for use by a broader audience. If you are interested in using these forms, please send an email to info@mountaineers..org.

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