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  1. 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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    0 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    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.

  2. 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  ·  Search  ·  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.

  3. Only Count Trip, Clinic/Seminar Activities for Guest activity limit GH2769

    We'd like new guest members to be able to sign up for courses that have two activities associated with them and be able to join for two regular hikes and right now the course related activities count towards your "guest count"

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  4. 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.

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  5. No Show Status on Activity should override awarding badges GH2796

    No Show status on a roster should not result in badges being awarded

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  6. Change Kitsap Branch Name to Peninsula Branch GH2736 SDtbd

    Long time members of the branch did not think Kitsap captured the true nature of the branch's membership, so voted to rename to Peninsula branch. I expect some increase in membership from the Olympic Peninsula, where more people will feel like this is "their" branch. I do not think this will be significant in the overall scale of membership, of which Kitsap is a small part.

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  7. Improve Text Search Results SD645 GH2835/2836/2837

    Refine the the text search results for all of the faceted searches including site search. Using threes words (W1, W2, W3) as an example, by rank ordering results in this order:
    1. Phrase – W1 and W2 and W3 in that order
    2. Contains all three words in any order
    3. Contains W1 and W2
    4. Contains W1 and W3
    5. Contains W2 and W3
    6. Contains W1 only
    7. Contains W2 only
    8. Contains W3 only

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  8. Committee roster updates based on activity level

    One of the things were trying to do right now is clean up the roster, lots of old info there. Any chance those can be self updating fields? For example the scramble standard says leaders have to do at least one trip every 2 years. Something similar could work for instructors too.

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

    Once we have implemented “View/download badges of all the people on a committee roster and add filters SD417/SD597” (this includes the “last activity led” feature) we’ll see it that is enough or if we want the more sophisticated automation described here.

  9. Make it easier to view past Participation Notes for all Participants on a Roster GH2763

    From the activity roster it would be helpful to have a quick link to go participation notes. Right now its about 4 clicks from the activity to view someone's participation notes. This is tedious to do for 12 people on a roster. Viewing participation notes is helpful for trip planning and ensuring safety of a trip and mitigate any negative group dynamics.

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    Completed  ·  3 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Make Incomplete fields on youth form easier to see GH2332

    Make it easier to see incomplete fields on the youth forms. Right now the pinkish/red color is a bit too light making it hard for parents to complete the forms fully.

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    4 comments  ·  Youth  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Fix Email Timestamp for Message Sent from Website GH2292

    It appears that when a leader sends an email from the team roster or anyone on the roister send an email from the tabbed nav roster that the timestamp on the email is eight hours earlier than when the email was actually sent. So it would seem that the website is sending the time as UTC rather than PST and the recipient's email server is converting that to PST (8 hours earlier than UTC).

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  12. Setting the default role for RSVP's to an event as "volunteers" when appropriate GH2022

    Some committees put their meetings on the calendars and people who RSVP are clearly committee volunteers, not "participants." If we could identify which types of events to do this with, it would more accurately capture our volunteer's efforts to default to the role of "volunteer" rather than "participant" when people RSVP to these types of events.

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  13. Add the Registration Date/Time to the Course Registration Edit Form GH1965

    Add the Registration Date/Time to the course registration modal dialog and only show it to site admins so that we can have more flexibility in making waitlist and other roster adjustments to course like we do for activities.

    Example: https://www.mountaineers.org/about/branches-committees/tacoma-branch/committees/tacoma-hiking-backpacking-committee/course-templates/introduction-to-backpacking-tacoma/introduction-to-backpacking-tacoma-2016-1/team-roster

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    0 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Warning message for unrelated activity types tagged on activity listing GH1867

    When setting up a trip, the trip defaults to the multiple activity types associated with the route/place. It would be nice if the site gave you a “warning” if you set up a trip with activity types that are different from the committee listing the trip or the activity template chosen to avoid having a ski trip show up in snowshoe and scramble trip listings.

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

    We set the default activity type to come from the activity template only when scheduling an activity, and allow the leader to choose or edit the Climbing, Skiing, or Snowshoe categories when scheduling an activity. We also improved the display of activity type and categories on Routes & Places and Activities.

  15. Need better lighting outside the Seattle Program Center ~Facilities

    It's pretty dark on winter night events with a high number of car/pedestrian interfaces from significant parking on the west side of a very busy street, and lots of people activity at the Mountaineers and near by venues. A couple of strategically placed street lights would help a lot. Would probably also help reduce car break in's at the park to have better lighting.

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  16. Add filters to site search GH1877

    The main problem with the search is that it returns so many pages of results that excessive paging is required for the search to be very useful. The sort, date, and item type filters do help, but more mechanisms are needed to narrow down the result set: Branch and Activity Type filters, for example.

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  17. Weekend Activities Filter SD502/503

    Add a filter to the activities search so you can find weekend events only.

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  18. Create More Robust Safety Committee Data Analysis GH2704/2732/2705/2609/2491

    Currently, participants submit incident reports to the Safety Committee, which then compiles the data and looks for trends in the aggregate (it does a lot more than that as well, but this aspect of its work is onerous). If we connected incident reporting with routes/places and even illustrated on a map, committees could analyze trends and information much more rapidly and wouldn't have to wait for Safety Committee reports. Safety Committee efforts could then be more available for training and prevention work now that the data crunching burden has been reduced. Members and Leaders could then have information about incident…

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    COMPLETED: Participants may now fill an incident report like the primary leader. This can be done from a button on the activity detail page or at the end the feedback survey.

    ON HOLD: The Safety Committee completed changes to the Incident Report Form that we are implementing, but wants to re-review it before going live. The current estimate for launch is late 2018.

    Please see the IT Planning & Prioritization sheet, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1x1_tMuGpZZC4-xxyiDTzALvnbSPn2SJz3FveQQuyfmY/edit?usp=sharing, for where this project is ranked among other projects.

  19. Activity Rosters should divide instructors and participants GH 1124

    Please divide rosters for participants and instructors for activities and course related activities in the same way that courses are set up. The sort by feature is less helpful than seeing the clear division.

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  20. Allow overlapping activities

    The website doesn't allow for overlapping activities, for example two 3-day climbs of the same summit which would summit and camp on different days.
    For example, one climb of a mountain could be on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and another climb could be Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. One climb thus summits on Saturday, the other on Monday.
    Since there is no conflict of having two parties travelling along the same part of a route at the same time, the website should allow registration of activities that don't exactly overlap.
    A warning is probably still in order since the trip leaders must make…

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