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  1. 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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  2. Change "mentored leader" to "mentor" in the dropdown choice for activity role.

    That way, the mentee can create the listing and be the primary contact. The mentor can then be listed as ... Mentor.

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  3. 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…

    1 vote

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  4. 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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  5. 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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    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.

  6. 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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    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.

  7. Leader's Permission Required SHOULD MEAN LEADER'S PERMISSION REQUIRED

    It's hard enough dealing with the instructors and other participants that can not or will not read and understand the posting of an activity, course, field trip, ANYTHING let alone dealing with someone that registers without getting permission to do so. What is the point of having a check box or radio button if there is no functionality behind it?

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    Thank you for your feedback regarding the leader’s permission process, and we’re sorry for the frustration you have experienced. Leader’s Permission can be a critical tool for ensuring a successful trip, but good communication is key to avoiding frustration. We are unable to make technology improvements to the functionality of Leader’s Feedback at this time, but thanks to your feedback we have updated our Leader’s Permission Required blog and are highlighting your suggestion as a best practice for leaders. https://www.mountaineers.org/blog/what-is-leaders-permission

  8. Satellite communicator contact information

    It would be useful to have satellite communicator addresses on the roster along with contact information. This could be voluntarily entered on the member page, not publicly visible, just of use by the roster, similar to the emergency contact.

    The reasoning: Unless replying to a message, a person's Garmin InReach can only be contacted directly using this InReach address. However, these are seldom shared among party members. The ability to directly contact a party member via satellite is a powerful tool in an emergency. Separated party members could communicate with each other. Overdue parties might be contacted. Additional contact would…

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  9. Allow Rich Text Editing When Sending Email from the Website SD345

    When sending email from the website, allow the use of simple rich text formatting (bold, italic, hyperlinks, etc.) and adding attachments when sending email from a roster or the carpool features on our website.

    2 votes

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  10. Make it more clear that a member is under the age of 18

    I can't guarantee that any of my volunteer instructors are "youth qualified" so it should be more clear on a member's profile that they are under the age of 18.

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  11. Alphabetical sort for rosters has disappeared

    Before the May plone update committee, course and activity rosters could be sorted by name which was very helpful when comparing rosters and trying to find peoples names to manage rosters. Right now when you have a roster for over 12 people it becomes more difficult to manage rosters. Hopefully since we used to have this functionality it can be fixed soon.

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  12. Badge Rosters Access

    To implement the new climbing leader progression (as well as the recently updated snowshoe leader progression), please give committee admins access to edit leader badge rosters. While there's a very small risk that someone could accidentally remove a person from a different branch from a badge roster, that's simple to fix. (note: if it can be possible to manager leader badges via the committee roster, that would also be a workable solution).
    Thanks!

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    Much like the “Access to Badge Rosters” idea, http://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/6746686-access-to-badge-rosters, we have declined this idea.

    The practical constraints are that badge rosters are a compilation of other rosters managed through different avenues. Meaning course admins can grant badges through their course rosters by graduating students, and committee admins manage leader badges through their committees. We recognize that some committees need to assign more than one leader badge and that not all leaders get the same badge(s). We have the “Multiple Badges Within a Committee” idea, http://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/37059466-multiple-badges-within-a-committee-gh2933, for this.

    The technical constraints are that (1) adding sharing permissions was partly broken in the Plone 5 update—fixing it is at least a small project, and (2) badge roster pages have issues that need fixed for them to be used for this.

    One option to relieve staff from having to add leaders to badge rosters and until the “Multiple Badges Within a…

  13. Fix committee/roster visibility for committee members to where it previously was

    Prior to the latest website update, any committee member was able to click on a committee link on their profile to go to the roster for their committee and also to see the roster for their committee even if they weren't an admin. This functionality has been lost with the update and many committee members found this extremely helpful even if we didn't need full admin privileges. As just one important aspect of this functionality, this is the only way to find one's fellow committee members and send an email to everyone. Would be great for this to be fixed…

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  14. Bulk add participants to rosters

    It would be great to be able to add multiple people to a roster at one time instead of having to do a multi-step process for each person. This would be especially helpful for committees and youth programs who have recurring events with the same people. It would allow committees to easily add and then bulk update volunteers hours tracking.

    Please see the attached image for an example.

    7 votes

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  15. Fix the Mountaineers email utility so that emails will successfully send to all addresses

    When I use the 'send email' function with a large event, every time there are 5 or 6 people who don't receive the email and also don't find it in their junk mail. This becomes very frustrating for me and for them! If we offer this function it would be great if it worked for all domains.

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    We have done and are doing all we can to ensure our email delivery and reputation. Unfortunately there’s no way to guarantee that every email we send will be delivered.

    We have found that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) like Comcast/Xfinity and Earthlink are often the email providers with the most deliverability issues. We recommend using email providers that are NOT also ISPs. Some examples are Microsoft (outlook.com, live.com, msn.com, etc.), Google (gmail.com), and Yahoo (yahoo.com), but there are many others.

  16. Update "Last Activity Led" column in committee rosters to add co-leaders and exclude cancelled trips GH3277

    Currently, the "Last Activity Led" column in committee rosters on the website only factors in activities where the contact is listed as the Primary Leader, and includes activities that were cancelled.

    Please exclude cancelled activities from this calculation, and include activities where the contact is listed as a Primary Leader OR a Co-Leader.

    4 votes

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  17. Give site admins permission to 'remove' people from rosters. GH3329

    In order to prevent folks who have been canceled from moving back to the top of the wait list as a result of their original registration time (this happens in CHS often), allow staff to 'remove' the person from the roster. This will mean they receive a new registration time every time they move from 'canceled' to 'wait listed'.

    2 votes

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  18. Show member/nonmember status on rosters

    For courses/events that generate income, it would be helpful to the committee leadership if we could tell if a registered person is a member or nonmember when we look at the detailed roster. The reason...fee structure is different and we can more easily figure out how much income was generated without having to have staff pull the info for us (when they are already very busy).

    It would also be helpful for activity leaders to know who the guests are (so we can talk more about the Mountaineers/other committees and entice them to join).

    3 votes

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  19. Multiple badges within a committee GH2933

    As more committees move towards multiple leader badges, it would be helpful for committees to be able to easily assign more than one badge to their leaders (For example: Basic Snowshoe Leader and Intermediate Snowshoe Leader).

    This would provide the ability for a committee to assign other specialty badges as well such as a "mentor" badge.

    Committees should be able to assign these badges to a new leader or when editing an existing leader, and it would be very helpful if they could do all of it from within their committee roster.

    4 votes

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  20. Display Initial Message for Course Tempalate Team Rosters GH2941

    For course template team rosters that have a slow initial load time, display the message, "Gathering roster data. This may take a up to a minute." until the roster data is displayed.

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