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  1. Equivalency Candidate Badges

    Give Committee members the ability to award short-duration badges to Equivalency candidates, to allow candidates to manage their own instructor registrations as part of the requirements for demonstrating equivalency

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  2. No need for leader phone number in leaders permission e-mail

    When someone submits for leader permission, I get an e-mail with information about the requestor and activity -- but curiously it has my own leader information including phone number.

    Since I end up just directly replying to those e-mails, which routes to the requestor, I've inadvertently been sending my phone number back to them all. Can the phone number be removed from the requestor form? It doesn't seem necessary

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  3. Data request: How many people did we get outside?

    submitting my formal data request to build a report to answer the question “how many people did we get outside?”

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  4. Closing canceled activities

    I'm requesting that we change the way the website works for cancelled activities that were never open for registration. If I cancelled it I shouldn't have to close it too. Canceling should close it.

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  5. Automatically store leader applications in the appropriate committee folder for admin access

    Some of our committees have set up online applications for people to send in when they want to be considered as an activity leader. The applications are forwarded by member services manually to the committee chair or leadership chair of the activity committee that the person wants to lead for. However right now the only way we have to keep track of past applications is in our email. It would be very helpful if all online applications could automatically be sent to a folder on the requested activity committee's page on the website, with permissions set so that committee admins…

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  6. Seminars and Course Activities Will Not Stay Private

    Seminars and other course activities (lecture and field trips) will not stay private. They are continuously "self publishing" a few minutes after being withdrawn. Repeated withdrawals do not help - the seminar or course activity will self-publish ad infinitum. This causes seminars and other course activities to become publicly visible while they are still being developed and reviewed. Sometimes committee reviews - the review/discuss/edit/repeat cycle - can take a few weeks, so having those half-done seminars and courses live on the website is a problem.

    This seems to be a new website bug for 2021? I don't remember seeing it…

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  7. Reorganize Youth Programs Menu

    Our youth programs have grown significantly since our website was launched in 2014. Consider a user experience design for the the "Youth" menu in the header (the More "hamburger" menu) and the youth pages to help members and guest better navigate and find information about programs for their children and youth groups. Specifically we have youth programs in more locations and have expanded program offerings. We need to be sure the menu and pages cover all of our programs in all of our locations in a way that is easy to navigate and find the information desired.

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  8. Don't Publish Private Activities when its Course is Edited

    While developing course, we wish to keep the activities (lectures and field trips) private because the detail are not complete. We can make the activities private by changing the "State" from "public" to "private" by retracting the activity. However, when the course the activity belongs to is edited, saving those changes publishes all of the activities. This also causes notifications to be sent to people watching for that activity type long before the details are accurate.

    When editing and saving a private activity, it may get published too.

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  9. Magazine

    i regularly see members on peaks in the Magazine without naming the peak or the members. My comment is mainly directly at the peak; it would be nice to know where the shot was taken. The current issue is a good case in point. 3 climbers sitting on a rocky top...but no mention of which peak they're sitting on.

    Richard Hagen

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    Thank you for your feedback, and for being a regular reader of Mountaineer magazine. We do our utmost to include location in photo captions, though there are times when we do utilize images with unknown locations or subjects. This occurs most often with images from our photo library, which includes many donated shots from volunteers which may or may not include all of the desired details. However, we’re happy to report that we believe the particular image you’re referring to does indeed have a location in the caption. The image is the cover of our Summer 2021 edition, and the caption can be located on the bottom left of the table of contents (page 2), identifying the summit as the Tooth.

  10. Allow trip leaders to require additional skill/course badges per trip

    Currently, the trip templates set the course or skill badges required for participants (or other leaders) to sign-up for trips. The problem is that these only specify the minimum set that could apply to that template.

    I would like, as a trip leader, the ability to require specific badges on a per-trip basis.

    To get concrete with an example: the Winter Scrambling template requires only that a participant be a graduate of the Scrambling or Climbing courses. However, the standards state that "leaders may require additional prerequisites on Winter Scramble trips". A common prerequisite a leader might wish to add…

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  11. Improve Default Shipping Selection on WA web Book Orders GH3613

    Make Surepost Default selection on WA web orders (instead of pickup option).

    This will make a significant difference in terms of minimizing the folks that leave curbside selected but actually need their stuff shipped. This issue arises multiple times per week and getting them switched back to shipping is a very manual/time consuming process. It would also significantly lessen curbside returns (we are seeing a fair amount of folks that order curbside but never pick up).

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  12. 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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  13. 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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    There are a number of questions tied up in this issue and we hear the need from leaders to share course admin work. We don’t feel that this is the right singular solution and we want to explore other options. A small team of staff will gather to work on this and propose alternate solutions.

  14. 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.

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Allow committee roster sorting for those who are not admins GH3526

    Roster sorting was disable 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 2020: https://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/40525171-alphabetical-sort-for-rosters-has-disappeared

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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.

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