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  1. Course activity review tool for courses with 2-3 activities SD664

    Include some bulk review and update tools for courses where we only 2-3 required activities. For courses like WFA, Navigation or Basic Snowshoeing with just a couple required field trips/lectures make a roster preview and download that allows you see that a student is registered for all required activities and then their participant result and probably participant notes. This is probably exception report for a course roster compared to 1-3 activity template roster (on screen and download).

    For more involved courses we are hoping to build a mega download of all activities for students involved in that course. See listing…

    7 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Please create two "outdoor leadership" activity types ~SFOnly

    In order to track what the mountaineers does in terms of outdoor leadership, we would like two activity types:

    Leader Development - Leadership Skills
    Leader Development - Technical Skills

    Below is the email thread for background:
    Here’s a really quick stab at some language, for nothing else than to give us something to edit:

    Leadership Skills
    - May or may not be activity-specific.
    - May or may not have a focus on outdoor leadership.
    - Emphasis on facilitation, instruction, and/or group leadership.
    -

    Technical Skills
    - Activity-specific.
    - Skill development in activity that this person leads or aspires to lead.…

    7 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Youth registration checkbox for activities and courses GH2750/2751

    On activities when youth register, Please change:
    I have verified that a Qualified Youth Leader will be present for this activity, I meet the age and skill requirements, and I have permission to participate in this activity. Request Leader's Permission

    to:
    I have verified that a Qualified Youth Leader will be present for this activity,The youth registrant meets the age and skill requirements and has permission to participate in this activity. {Request Leader's Permission link}

    Also please add this checkbox to courses:

    I have verified that a Qualified Youth Leader will be present for this all course activities. The youth…

    7 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Improve Roster Functionality: Track Mentored Leaders

    How to show mentored leaders on trip (perhaps leave as is but automatically make anyone whose role is co-leader or mentored leader and admin and add "show as contact" checkbox. How to show on committee roster. Probably Leader box checked with mentored leader note and a "short" expiration date. Also add survey aimed at trips with mentored leader (show this feedback to primary leader, co leader and mentored leader)

    7 votes
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  5. Allow application for course to be accessed even when registration is closed or hasnt opened GH2113

    This is important for anything like basic climbing that has a longer application that they want people to be able to fill out ahead of time. Right now you can add the application to the course but it doesn't show in the portlet until registration opens.

    7 votes
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  6. Allow Co-leaders and Mentored Leaders to be Notified of Participant Registration Changes

    We like giving the Primary Leader the option of being alerted when there is sign up activity on their hike. It would be great to offer this to Co-leaders and Mentored Leaders too.

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

    This is bit more complicated that it seems it should be, but we’re looking into what it will take to get it done.

    If we do this, you’ll only be able to have one co-leader and/or one mentored leader. Do you think that will be okay?

    Additionally and perhaps more importantly if you make someone who is a co-leader or mentored leader have Admin status on the roster they will be able to view Feedback for that activity. Very useful for co-leaders and mentor leaders

  7. Add a new Activity category called "Other".

    This could be a catch-all spot for new ideas that don't yet fit an established category. A good example is the Olympia Branch Gear Swap. It is desirable to run it as an Activity because: 1. The intent is to have sellers register and pay for tables. and 2. Folks have now been trained/accustomed to searching activities for things to do. Given the creative, entrepreneurial nature of members and branches, new ideas do come along and need an outlet, rather than be discouraged just because they are a square peg. Over time, examples that had persistence would become candidates for…

    7 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Declined  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    For items like your Gear Swap, the proper category is an Event. Events can be set up to have people rsvp for a table or to simply attend. If we want to collect money connected to events we currently use Eventbrite. Event listings allow us to post the event in multiple calendars. Events can be easily downloaded to your personal calendar, and offer complete customization. We want to be able to market these cool new ideas and event listings allow you to have titles and text and photos how you want them rather than being stifled by the activity template listings.

    Activity templates do not have the same functionality as they include leader’s notes, mileage, etc. Trip specific categories don’t make sense for an event like the gear grab. The Event category also allows members to register guests without having to create a separate profile for a guest or have…

  8. 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.

  9. Organize course field trips in My Courses area better for admins/leaders GH1629/1645

    In the My Courses area I currently see too many activities populating under the Courses I am leading and managing. Can we make the field trips,lectures, optional activities for that Course only show in one of these two ways

    1) Only activities within the start and end date range of the course for which they are shown

    2) Show first ten trips with a More link to show the rest.

    3) any other ideas?

    If we do number 1 would that make it so that participants who are in their second year unable to see the field trips they are…

    7 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    You can now toggle your courses in the My Courses area to show or hide the course related activities. Please note that you can also search for courses with the date range above.

  10. Add Ability to Grant Badges to Instructors from Course Activities SD657

    Add the ability to add badges to instructors for successfully completing instructing at a course activity, where the badges are different from those that are awarded to participants.

    7 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Add a show activities from the past check mark box on courses

    It would be cool if the Course Requirements tab on the course detail page page included a checkbox labeled “_X_ Show activities from the past” and/or maybe a date range for activities that would be displayed.

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

    We can now enable faceted search for course “Activities” folders to allow course administrators to more quickly find particular course activities and more easily manage their courses.

    Please send an email to info@mountaineers.org if you’d like this feature enabled on any of your course’s “Activities” folders.

  12. 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…

    7 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Events  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Add Activities and Routes & Places to a Map SD184/287

    It'd be cool if we had routes and places all shown on a map! And link to trip reports :)

    7 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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.

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  15. 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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  16. Keep a Waitlist for Lodge Stays SD671/555/560

    Waitlists for lodge stays are complicated and challenging both because of the potential for one person to make a reservation for multiple people and the number of nights for which they may wish register.

    It may be best to keep a waitlist separate from the roster for each lodge stay and email the entire list if any amount of availability opens. Then it's back to a first come, first served basis. This is a "notify me if space becomes available" rather than our traditional waitlist functionality.

    6 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Lodges  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Volunteer (instructor recruitment) request opt in GH2800

    With mega course rosters for instructor recruitment and other ways we can email people through the website it would be nice for people to have a way of opting in/out of instructor recruitment emails.

    6 votes
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    High Priority  ·  3 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Remove "Getting Started Series" from the Activity Leader Rating GH2781

    Its confusing to see "Getting Started Series" in the activity search results as an option when we no longer have a formal "Getting Started Series" program.

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    High Priority  ·  2 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Improve (Prevent) Header Switching When Viewing Content SD632

    As a site visitor keep the universal header selection and global (section or subsite?) header (The Mountaineers or Mountaineers Books) displayed until I choose to switch so that I do not have a jarring navigation experience while I am browsing the site.

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    1 comment  ·  Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Set Leader/Instructor Badge Expiration to Yesterday GH2745

    When removing a leader and/or instructor from a committee roster, set their leader and/or instructor badge expiration date you yesterday's date.

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