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  1. More speed, please GH3433

    It is taking such a long time now to post and edit activities, load pages, etc. I spend a lot of time waiting after pushing "Save" and "Edit" buttons. Sometimes, the system times out. Other times, it's not clear if pushing the Save and Edit buttons even worked. It is 10-15 seconds here and there, but it adds up when one is doing a lot of editing, posting, roster clean up, etc. Thank you.

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    23 comments  ·  Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We just made several changes aimed at improving website speed, particularly for loading the My Activities pages and searches like Find Activities.

    For the My Activities, the page header and current/future activities should now load immediately (worst case in a few seconds). “Loading” is displayed while the past activities are being compiled. How long it takes to display them depends on how many there are, but load times should be much faster now.

    To view your My Activities page, you might also need to refresh that page. With all the improvements, it’s probably also a good idea to clear your browser’s cache and then reload your My Activities page.

    Please add a comment here if you’re having any issues or if the response time is still very slow. And please include the details: (1) a link to the page and (2a) how long it took to load that page (use…

  2. Phone Hyperlink

    Taking a phone call today from a member, they were frustrated that a when they viewed a phone number on mountaineers.org from their phone browser, they were not able to click on it and have it automatically call. They see this feature on other websites and would like to submit it for improvement for ours.

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  3. Stop showing activities that occur TODAY in the "My Activities History" section

    Right now, any event I am leading today shows up as the first thing in the "My Activities History" section on my profile. However, this is (and always has been) very annoying, because I have to scroll down to find it. Due to recent (and welcome) website optimizations, the history section loads more slowly, so I have to wait for it to load before I can open the activity I'm leading that day in order to print the roster.

    The activity I'm leading that day is the activity I'm going to need to access the quickest in order to print…

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    Medium Priority  ·  4 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Aggregate Lecture and Field Trip Feedback under Course

    Courses are usually made of separate lecture and field trip activities to which students can provide feedback. To review all the feedback for the course , a person has to open all the activities. It would be nice to aggregate all of this feedback under the course and maybe course temple with which they are associated.

    2 votes

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  5. Road condition

    It can be a little difficult to get a clear idea about road conditions from the activity description. It would be helpful if a section is added specifically for this purpose.

    The description can include weather factors (such as snow, ice), road quality (fully paved, gravel, large potholes), and lastly type of cars preferred (accessible for all cars, accessible for 4WD, tire chains required).

    This would help participants plan better, arrange carpools if needed. It would also reduce the need for organizers to respond to individual questions from participants regarding road conditions.

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  6. Allow primary leaders to uncheck their "show as contact" for an activity

    Course and course lecture/field trip leaders are increasingly utilizing generic Committee profiles or Basic Course profiles as the Primary Leader for course related activities to make sharing the workload of answering participant questions and managing the rosters easier. Burnout is a common consideration I hear from leaders choosing to do this.

    However we need real people to lead activities for many reasons, chief among them are:
    • Someone from The Mountaineers (or approved by us) needs to be on site and manage the participants.
    • Our emergency and leadership teams needs to know who is in charges in case an…

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  7. Allow committee roster sorting for those who are not admins GH3526

    Committee roster sorting appears to be broken again. Checking on the various column headers no longer does anything.

    Roster sorting also broke in May, 2020. At that time the fix was only partial because sorting was re-enabled only for people with admin access to the roster. Prior to the May, 2020 breakage roster sorting worked for everyone. It would be nice to get that full functionality back again. Not every committee member has admin access yet many have a legitimate need to view the roster in sorted order.

    See related feedback item from May 2020 and followup comment from December…

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  8. SSO and Salesforce integration for MyTurn gear library database

    We'll be transitioning to MyTurn in Fall 2021-Winter 2022 to manage our Gear Library inventory and lending. In an ideal world, I'd love to have SSO between MyTurn and The Mountaineers website, and to also have MyTurn data import into Salesforce so we can track lending against other member activity.

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  9. Add email alert for canceled activities

    Seems as if several outings I was interested in for this summer have been canceled including one I was going to register for today. It would be great if a message about cancellations could go out in the same fashion as announcements for new activities so we don't hold dates open on our calendars or make travel arrangements for events which aren't taking place.

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    Low Priority  ·  2 comments  ·  Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. In Stewardship Half Day template document the need for manual follow-up

    After completing two "Stewardship Half Day" activities the participant is expected to send an email to info@mountaineers.org requesting their Stewardship badge. This fact was documented in a one-time email sent to activity chairs and some activity leaders when the new template was launched in November, 2020 (see attached pdf) but does not appear to be documented anywhere else. Moreover, people who post Stewardship Half Day activities are expected to include the need for manual follow-up in their activity descriptions, but that also appears to have been mentioned only in the one-time November email. As a result, Stewardship Half Day activities…

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  11. Add Filters, Instructor Opt In/Out, and Badges to Committee Rosters

    (1) Add filters to top of the page--admins, committee members, position, leaders, instructors, badges and lookup by name.

    (2) Add an instructor opt in/out checkbox (see http://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/34126369-volunteer-instructor-recruitment-request-opt-in).

    (3) Add four badge columns to the download so you can see course badges, skill badges, leader badges and instructor badges. And maybe a fifth column that shows all other badges.

    Notes/observations:

    Within Committee rosters, currently you can "Sort" members by group, but not "Filter" them. The "Sort" tool is not very helpful, as many members have multiple roles (Leader, Instructor, Committee member, etc). When I click on "Groups" to sort my…

    17 votes

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    High Priority  ·  5 comments  ·  Rosters  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Additional Positions for Committee Rosters

    For Committee rosters people can be associated with one of a hard-coded list of positions and can be advertised as a public committee contact in that position. The way Mountaineers Committees are typically administered has changed over the last few years. We are proposing that the list of positions be extended to better support current common practices.

    We propose adding the following positions:

    Safety
    Vice Chair
    Chair Elect
    Chair Emeritus

    "Safety" is meant to indicate the Safety Officer. Most Committees are now basing their Committee Charter on the Clubwide charter template, which specifies that the committee have a Safety Officer.…

    5 votes

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    Medium Priority  ·  4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. RSS feed for Blog entries

    An RSS feed is an easy way to allow readers to learn of and read blog entries without visiting the site. As it is, I don't remember to visit the site and check the blog often enough. My online reading is almost entirely through RSS feeds to the new sites and magazines I follow. Building an RSS feed is straightforward, does not have to display in the user interface, and requires no maintenance.

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  14. Allow Committee Admins to see all activities posted under its purview

    As the chair of the scrambling committee and the course lead for scramble course, it is surprisingly difficult to know what activities are posted on behalf of my committee.

    I can use the search Activities page to look for "Scrambling" activities for "Foothills" but there are other things we do on behalf of the committee that aren't scrambles and there's no easy way I know of to see those and access them.

    A concrete example: I can only easily get to the rosters for the field trips I personally am on the roster for. If I have a leader leading…

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

    We have the ability to provide reports to committee on demand from our Salesforce database, a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) platform. It has a much better and more flexible data reporting engine than our website which is a CMS (Content Management system).

    We also have the ability to connect a Salesforce report to a Google sheet and share that with any of our volunteer administrators. These Google sheets may be refreshed periodically (daily, weekly, monthly) so they can be as up-to-date as needed.

    If you need a one-time report or periodically updated report for your committee or branch, please send an email to our Member Services Team, info@mountaineers.org.

  15. Give activity co-leaders automatic permisson to see rosters

    Currently it is apparently necessary for a co-leader to be made an activity admin or a committee admin in order to see the roster for that activity, adding another step for the primary leader. Can we not remove extra keystrokes here for our busy volunteers? If we make someone a co-leader we trust them to do everything we would do as a leader.

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

    First, anyone who is to be a co-leader should already be on a committee roster (any committee roster as a leader) whcih means they could easily be the Primary Leader. Why would this ever not be the case?

    Second, anyone on a roster may view and mange the “team roster,” the one that that is accessed from the "Manage Activity " portlet or “Roster” in the Admin Panel, if the “Admins” box in their activity roster record is checked.

    So the only added step for adding a co-leader to an activity roster is to check the “Admins” box. This is the first field after looking up the person being added and has help text explaining why this box might be checked. Checking a box, one click, does not seem overly burdensome, especially in light of the many other needs and desires for our website.

  16. Add Pronoun Field to Rosters - Part 2 GH2887

    We not only want people to be comfortable being themselves, but also to be celebrated for their identities and what makes them unique. In addition, we try to build a culture where we don’t make assumptions or pass judgment on each other. So if a person chooses to tell you their pronouns (in their profile or otherwise), they are simply letting you know how you can refer to them, without you having to make any assumptions.

    Part 1 - Add pronoun field to profile edit form and profile display.

    Part 2 - Add pronoun field to roster displays and downloads.

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  17. Rename "Exploring Nature" as "Nature hikes"

    I'm a new member, having been unable to hike for years because of joint replacement surgeries. I am starting out with nature hikes because they are often less strenuous. It took awhile to find the right page, because the hikes were labeled "Exploring Nature." It would be easier to find this page if it were called "Nature hikes."

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

    Thanks for your suggestions Susan. We selected the “Exploring Nature” title for anything that falls into this category, which does include hikes but also includes other things like photography outings, Mini Mountaineers trips, and forest bathing. Some of our hikes are categorized as Exploring Nature but all of our Exploring Nature activities are hikes. For that reason we need to decline this idea.

  18. Phone Number Validation

    I noticed in one of my activities that a member put their e-mail in the phone number field. This should not be allowed. Phone numbers should require validation to ensure that they satisfy the expected format.

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  19. Show elevation gain and distance on search page for activities

    Might not be applicable for all activity types, but it would be really helpful to see some basic stats for hiking, backpacking, and scrambling without needing to click on each activity. "Difficulty" isn't consistent enough. Technical for scrambling would also be nice. It would also be very helpful to allow filtering by distance/elevation

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    Medium Priority  ·  0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Improve Route/Place Summary (aka Search Results) View GH3574

    Given that our Routes & Places have grown to support a wider set of options and variations, and that they support both land and marine activities, it would be better to display the entire summary and remove the detailed info at right column in the summary (aka search results) view of a route/place. See the attached mock-up.

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