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  1. Remember Me Checkbox on login screen GH1051

    Add "Remember Me" option so that my login persists until I deliberately logout. Or maybe increase the expiration timer to 24 hours or something like that. I just get tired of logging in 10 or 15 times a day. I'm not that concerned about the security risk--what's a hacker going to do...sign me up for a course?

    15 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    When you log in there is a box now that you can check that says “Keep me logged in.” Checking this box will keep you logged in for 30 days if you are simply closing your browser rather than logging out.

  2. Publicly accessible API

    As a member of the Mountaineers, I'd love to give back in a way that I have particular expertise.

    It would be great of the website had a public facing REST API for exposing data such as events and classes.

    At least in a read capacity. My particular goal would be to write an Android (and possibly iOS) app to browse the events and what not.

    It would be great to have easy native access to my up coming events, and be able to launch navigation to the event right from the app.

    I have extensive experience writing and working…

    14 votes

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    7 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Low Priority  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    Our Technology Advisory Committee has reviewed this topic. It is low priority because of the mobile responsive theme that we developed for our website and the concerns outlined by Eric in the comments on this idea.

  3. Make field trip/lecture instructors push to course rosters SD381

    Right now we have a lot of instructors who are just added or sign up to a single field trip roster. Unfortunately because they aren't added to the course roster they aren't available for recruiting via our mega course template roster for future field trips/lectures that particular year or in future years.

    Also having the course show up in your My Courses & Programs is helpful for instructors who want a quick link to upcoming field trips for them to volunteer for. This is particularly important for the many day courses like basic, scrambling, sea kayaking etc.

    13 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Rosters  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Organizations, Online Invoicing & Contracts SD562++

    Set up organization in our website so that we can sync them to the existing organizations in SF. This will allow us to connect contacts, activities & courses (Mountain Workshops), events (Program Center Clients) and lodge stays (Outdoor Center Groups & Clients) to them for better tracking. We'll be able to add invoices that the organization contact can pay online, taking advantage of our existing online payment process and Salesforce reporting.

    13 votes

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    In Review  ·  2 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Add a "My Branch" Link GH1868

    Add a My Branch link next to My Activities and My Courses and Programs on the short click menu when you click on your name when you are logged in to see branch events and blogs and stay up to date on all branch activities.

    13 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    Members and guests can now access their branch page from the My Branch link in their profile menu in the upper right side of the header of every page on our website. Now everyone the same quick access to their branch info as they do to their profile, activities and courses.

    Please be sure that content on your branch pages, including blog posts and events, are up-to-date, because we anticipate this will drive higher traffic to your pages.

  6. Add Pronoun Field to Profiles - Part 1 GH3031

    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.

    12 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Improve Activity Edit Form (sea kayak fields plus pace)

    We re-ordered fields to make more sense when listing the activity. Improved and added help text to some of the fields.

    We added three fields for kayakers, maximum wind, maximum waves and maximum current. We also added a free form field for pace of the activity.

    12 votes

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    Completed  ·  2 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Leader "Difficulty" Rating Default to Blank GH2331

    Currently when listing a new activity, the "Leader Rating" field defaults to "For Beginners (Getting Started Series)" There are cases where a trip is NOT for beginners, but the leader never changed their rating. Can the Leader Rating default to blank, and require the leader to select one of the options rather than default to For Beginners?

    12 votes

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    Completed  ·  1 comment  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Redesign Website Header and Sitemap, and Integrate mountaineersbooks.org with mountaineers.org SD579

    Redesign our website header so it is better for mid-size mobile devices and re-organize our site map so that it better includes features we've added since launch (e.g. selling books, find volunteers, lodges), etc. This will involve UX design and some graphic design work.

    Add "Locations" to the top level and move Branches, Outdoor Centers and Program Centers there.

    Selling eBooks, ability to use promo codes currently in use on mountaineersbooks.org (e.g. buy one get one free) and content migration (pages, blogs, calendars, etc.) are the key considerations. Integrating our two websites will eliminate confusion of where to purchase books,…

    12 votes

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    Completed  ·  7 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Add Ability to Exclude Instructors from Getting Registration Conflict Check for a Course Activity SD667

    Make it so instructors can be excluded from conflict checking but not participants. For example for pool play sessions for sea kayaking course we need instructors for afternoon and morning sessions but students we only want to be able to sign up for one session.

    12 votes

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    Medium Priority  ·  2 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Lodge-specific Sign-in Sheets (aka Print Rosters) SD648/649/650

    For a two-night stay, what we have may be enough, but for longer stays a matrix-style sign-in sheet might be better. Or it may be better if we have a different printable sign-in sheet for each lodge.

    12 votes

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    On Hold  ·  4 comments  ·  Lodges  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Remember me function on log in page is broken GH2020

    "Remember me" on the log in page is not working and when I open new windows or close my browser I have to log in again.

    12 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    We now have this fixed. Please let us know if you have any issues with the “Keep me logged in” feature.

    Remember that when you use this it will last for 30 days for each device/browser combination so long as you do not log out.

  13. Allow us to list multiple routes-places for different activity types or difficulty levels to the same locale

    We've been told that we have to use a generic route-place for an activity going to a particular locale even if that generic route-place is a poor fit to what we plan to do and may turn off potential participants. For example, a route-place may be listed as a scramble or climb and I want to list a hike or backpack there - it will show up in the activity search as a scramble and hikers won't want to do it. Or sometimes a route-place is listed as a hike and I want to do it as a backpack but…

    12 votes

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    6 comments  ·  Activities  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    When creating new Routes/Places leaders now have the option of having multiple activities tagged as suitable activities for that Route. For example Marmot Pass can be listed as a Hike and a backpack and Table Mountain (baker) can be listed so it shows up in Skiing and in Snowshoeing.

    Additionally when a leader lists an activity for that route/place the activity will default to the mileage and elevation gain and route difficulty but leaders have the ability to change that mileage and elevation gain and difficulty to more accurately describe their specific trip.

    When searching for activities via the Find Activities under EXPLORE, the summary statement now shows to set one’s trip apart from other trips. The leader’s chosen difficulty also shows.

  14. Volunteers need to be able to delete and archive content SD227/280

    Should be able to remove course materials from Manage Course Materials area or get rid of course templates no longer being used or files that are not up to date.

    12 votes

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

    Volunteer committee administrator may now clone (copy & paste) , delete and retire content in their committee folders in addition to moving (cut & paste) content.

  15. Develop Support for Non-English Script

    Currently our website rosters and the mailings we send do not support non-English scripts. Our members would like for their names, written in their native languages, to display correctly.

    More information from Super Volunteer Ananth Maniam:

    When participants Sign up for my trip and on mailers sent to my home and when leaders email back to me. My contact name comes like below
    Ananth Maniam (??????? ??????)

    This is because the (?????? ?????) are supposed to be my native script
    Ananth Maniam (ஆனந்த் மணியம்)

    This feature sometime works when I print roster - It works, it doesn't work when participants…

    11 votes

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

    We would very much like to implement this, and right now technical constraints make it nearly impossible. Most platforms require its owners to choose a single language (keyboard layout), for which we were required to choose English for our website (which operates on a Plone Platform). Right now, in some places, non-English text is supported, but it varies and we do not have control. The biggest issue is when we export things to our Salesforce CRM, which translates everything as plain text and thus only accepts English characters. Until our platforms are updated more broadly to accept more than one keyboard, we’re stuck with using the U.S. English language/layout. In the meantime, we encourage you to use the Bio field in your profile to celebrate your culture, heritage, or history.

  16. Add info to the lodge stay roster downloads GH2426

    On the download of both Individual Lodge Stay Rosters and the View Lodge Stay Rosters, add these columns as the right-most columns:

    - Age
    - Membership Status
    - Carpool Preference
    - Carpool Notes
    
    11 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Lodges  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. 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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    Medium Priority  ·  5 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Measure what we care about at the member, committee, and branch levels. SD317

    There are a number of statistical and reporting needs and desires that many people spend a great deal of time trying to capture. I would like to see us develop metrics and create "dashboards" that automate this data collection and allow us to quickly identify trends in the data that help us plan for the most successful future. For example:

    Branches and Committees often want to know (or would be interested in): # of Leaders, # of trips being posted, % of closed out trips, #of courses offered, # of students in courses, # of participants on trips sponsored by…

    11 votes

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    7 comments  ·  Volunteers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Jeff Bowman responded

    Completed Final Part Jun 2018

    The final piece we want to have available is aggregate committee leader feedback. This feedback allows committee admins to enter an activity or course start date and see all feedback for that outing in one place. It also allows committee admins to quickly see Leader feedback in one place.

    We currently have monthly dashboards being sent to each branch with information about the number of trips, courses and membership information.

    We also have the member services team pulling trip statistics and additional committee reporting via requests to info@mountaineers.org. We strive for a 48 business hour turnaround on these requests.

  19. 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.

    10 votes

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  20. Prevent Leader/Instructor Badge Assignment GH2740

    When adding a person to a committee roster as a leader and/or an instructor, have two checkboxes--one for leaders and one for instructors--that prevent the leader and/or instructor badge from being assigned.

    10 votes

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