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  1. 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

    1 vote

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  2. Searchable committee minutes

    We hold meetings, take minutes, and archive them. The ability to search past minutes will be very useful. In fact, I think that searching for when the committee discussed some topic - and what was decided - will be the most common way that I reference our meeting minutes.

    1 vote

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    The text files in all PDF files on our website are indexed and we can add a search portlet to any area of our website. If you have a committee or folder or anywhere else on our website within where this would be beneficial, please send an email to info@mountaineers.org.

    Here are two examples of the search portlet in use:

    Blog: https://www.mountaineers.org/blog

    The Mountaineer Annuals: https://www.mountaineers.org/about/history/the-mountaineer-annuals

  3. Add MountainQueers to Search

    Add MountainQueers as affinity group to green search bar, similar to how we have "Singles", "Families", etc. If possible make this an easier area to update for the future as we look to expand our affinity groups.

    1 vote

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  4. Integrate Fuzzy Logic to Text Search GH2837

    As a site visitor give when I submit a search with text search terms, give me search results that are "fuzzy" so that I get a better and more comprehensive list of items that meet my search criteria.

    By "fuzzy" we're thinking of things like singular vs. plural (e.g. leader vs. leaders) and first names (e.g. Ben vs. Benjamin).

    3 votes

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  5. Integrate Spelling/Typo Correction/Suggestion into Text Search GH2953

    Add a feature or features that better handles misspellings and typos in text search strings. Two possibilities are: (1) a way to show potential spelling errors or typos like the red squiggly lines under such words, and/or (2) a feature like Google's "Showing results for {your corrected search string}. Search with {your original search string} instead."

    3 votes

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  6. Improve Text Search Results GH2835/2836/2913(590)

    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

    Include some fuzziness in search (e.g. Ben give results for Ben and Benjamin).

    Consider weighting content types (e.g. Books above events).

    5 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    We missed indexing text from the Page content type, so we added that. The removed the Image content type so images will not dwarf other types of content. We determined that that the search ranking was working as desired and described here.

    We’ll tackle integrating fuzziness and spelling/typos into another suggestion/project or two.

    If you find that a search result you expect is not as high in the search results as you think it should be, please send an email to info @mountaineers.org with:
    (1) URL from the search
    (2) URL from the item that you think should be ranked higher in the search
    (3) why you think this item should be ranked higher

  7. Weekend Activities Filter SD502/503

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

    11 votes

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  8. Separate Site Search Results for Images SD644

    In the site search, place all search results except images in one "tab" and images in another.

    We also have a lot of folders, especially ones titled, "Images" and "Resources," so we may want to have "tab" for folders too or rank them low in search results.

    This will help rank more important items higher in the search (e.g. a person's profile page above their profile image).

    4 votes

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    Low Priority  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    We now hide images from search results, because we don;t have enough information about images on our website to do an adequate search.

  9. Add Clustering to Map Search GH2793

    WTA uses a cool cluster feature on their Hike Finder Map- this would allow us to show more of our listings on the zoomed out view. https://www.wta.org/go-outside/map

    1 vote

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  10. Add skiing categories to activity and course faceted search GH2753

    Its hard to find cross country ski courses in our find activity and course searches. Can we add cross country and backcountry ski filters

    6 votes

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  11. Make it possible to have org wide policies and info pages show higher in search results

    Right now its impossible to search for the carpooling page in the general search because people use the word carpooling in everything. It'd be great to be able to mark certain pages and blogs that have important organization wide information to the top of the search.

    2 votes

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    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    The issue here was that the “Page” content type was not indexed for searches. So this is fixed.

  12. Make Rolling Enrollment Courses Easier to Find in Find Courses Faceted Search GH2826

    Courses like basic snowshoeing which have multiple sessions are falling to the bottom and are harder to find.

    4 votes

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  13. Search and filter hikes by vertical gain, mileage, and distance using range sliders

    Search and filter hikes by vertical gain, mileage, and distance using range sliders, similar to WTA's interface.

    ...and allow for further filtering of results by geo using map zoom functionality, similar to that of Zillow NOTE: We already have map view, see the comments.

    2 votes

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  14. Search closed activities

    I would like a way to search recently completed trips, so I can contact trip leaders for current route beta. This could be as simple as a checkbox on the activity search page for "Search only past/closed activities".

    1 vote

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    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    Sam,

    Thanks for the suggestion. You can use the “Starting…” section to find past activities. The “Start” and “End” dates mean "I want activities that occur between “Start Date” and “End Date.” This works for Find Activities (https://www.mountaineers.org/explore/activities) and site search (https://www.mountaineers.org/search).

    Also note that our Routes & Places (https://www.mountaineers.org/explore/routes-places) have trip reports associated with them. This may be a good source of information from trips from more than just our leaders.

    And of course you can search our Trip Reports (https://www.mountaineers.org/explore/trip-reports).

    Thanks!

    Jeff

  15. Make tag type-ahead search case insensitive GH2325

    Make the type-ahead tag search case insensitive. For example, if you type "Everett" or "everett", the "Everett Branch" tag should be in the results list.

    3 votes

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  16. Set up a Search for Badges to Make Them Easier to Find GH1881

    Set up a faceted search in the Badges area, https://www.mountaineers.org/membership/badges, so that badges are searchable and easier to find.

    1 vote

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  17. Improve the Summary (aka Search Results) View for Files GH1902

    Add the Summary field for files that are added to the website in the Summary (aka search results) view (see attached image).

    4 votes

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  18. 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.

    5 votes

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    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    We added Branch and Activity Type field to the Badge, Event and Blog Post items so these items can used as filters in the site search.

  19. Make Routes and Places Search Easier

    Make Routes and Places search easier to use. When I put in a search, I commonly get back 10 or more pages that take forever to scroll through. Adding words to make the search more specific makes the problem worse. For example, if I search for "Rainier" I get back 4 pages. If I try to be more specific with "Stevens Canyon Ranier", I get back 6 pages including many having nothing to do with "Rainier".

    I infer that the underlying logic is to match on ANY of the words I supply. That behavior is unintuitive for those of us…

    2 votes

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  20. Improve search for internal hyperlinks GH1662

    When hyperlinking within the site to an internal page or folder, the search engine appears to pull up anything that has your subject within the content, not just the title, making the search very slow. Also on the scroll bar, only the up arrow works. The down arrow does not work, so you need to drag the bar down, which is impossible to do slowly, so you have to drag the bar to below where you want to go, then use the up arrow to slowly get to where you're trying to go in the list.

    0 votes

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