Please implement
SuggestionsRankListPage
::leftSidebar()

or create a file
"/var/rox/deployment/www.bewelcome.org-91968ba4e/htdocs/../build/suggestions/templates/suggestionsranklist.leftsidebar.php"

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Rename "acceptable" to "mediocre"

9

Not accepting acceptable solutions seems a contradiction. Let's rename it "mediocre". In the diccionary :

Mediocre. Not good, not bad, but a negative term nonetheless. Often used to describe something that is average, but was expected to be much better.

Repeat this vote after the review is completed

1

At the last General Assembly (8-9 November) BeVolunteer gave the new BoD the mandate to help facilitate a thorough review of the current Suggestion System and Decision-Making Process. The new BoD has started gathering all information, so my suggestion is to give them the time. There is no emergency or need for an immediate vote on this, so it is better to wait for the results of the Review.

After that review, we can then vote again on all proposals (new and old)

 

allow reasonable extension of terms for discussion and solution posting

3

The duration for the discussion is in general fixed. In case of specific argument that need more time is possible an extension of terms in the following cases:

1. on explicit request by original poster at the moment of the request to make an officail solution and with agreement of the ST for up to 30 additional days. In case the discussion had started in a forum the extension can be allowed only if the total time from beginning of discussion on the forum and the end on suggestion group would not exceed three months.
2. on explicit and motivated request of the original poster or by at least 5 (or, if total number is les, all) other participant for a minumun of 5 people , for up to ten days at a time, up to a maximun of 20 3. on request of suggestion team for a maximun of 6 days to avoid to have the end of solutions posting and adjusting of the solutions coincident with special days.

Improve the findability of the suggestion page / votable suggestions

4

Especially in the last months, the number of people voting didn't exceed 20. One of the reasons might be that the suggestion page and/or the voting subjects were invisible to any who is not familiar with the website. Make the suggestion page / votable suggestions more visible to all.

Assign the outcomes of a vote to a certain team

4

If the outcomes of a vote can be assigned to a certain team to work on, let's do so and inform that team about it. That's how a specific team will know what's going on, what's expected from the community and what they could work on.

Allow split of suggestions in case of solutions OT

1

Allow to split (fork) a suggestion when there are solutions proposed for a different problem, or new ideas not pertinent with original suggestion.

the new suggestion would retain the stutus of the original one (inclusive of the term for vote).

 

In this way many suggestion that have too many options would be easily split, avoiding also the common risk of having people that votes acceptable to solutions that does not know

 

 

 

 

Check your messages

2

Should "messages" appear on the dashboard? Other networks (FB, CS, etc) have them in the menu bar, and that's enough...

 

Activities in your area

5

Activities in your area

Your upcoming activities

5

Your upcoming activities

Easy solution to change your hosting status

2

Easy solution to change your hosting status

Do you want to get active?

1

Link to get involved

Community News

4

Community News

Find a host

1

Find a host

+ explain how to write a request

Donation needed!

3

Link to donation

Your groups (where you signed up for)

4

Your groups (where you signed up for)

New suggestions / suggestions open for voting

2

New suggestions / suggestions open for voting

Recent posts in your groups (NOT the forum)

1

The 'recent group and forum posts' look useful, but in fact there has been a lot of criticism against the recent forum posts since typically a lot of critical posts full of mistrust and negativity show up in the front page - more positive topics are mostly linked to a group and not posted in the general forum.

Find a guest

6

Find a guest

Newsletters

1

Newsletters

Notifications

-2

Notifications

Next visitors to your area

5

Next visitors to your area

new comment notifications

-2

new comment notifications

Remove and replace with "Recent Group Posts"

4

Remove the display of "New members" from the homepage and use the freed-up space to display recent group posts, similar to Recent Forum Posts.

Add an "I'm not able to host but I'd like to meet up with travellers" option

17

Add an option for those who are not able to host, but would still like to meet travellers

Highlight fields that might need updated

3

When in Edit Profile mode all the translated fields which are "different" enough from the corresponding fields in other translations should be highlighted somehow (say a different color border or a text by the label stating the translation should be reviewed). The tabs for the different profile sections should also have an indication in them if any of their fields should be reviewed for translation.

The exact algorithm to determine if two different translations of the same field are similar or not should be determined at implementation time. Some features of that algorithm might include checking the number of paragraphs on each of the translations and/or if any of the other translations have been updated more than a day apart from the current one. A page explaining the algorithm should be accessible so people know what to do to make the indications go away.

Allow simultaneous edit of all translations

7

Next to each translatable field add a link to a page where that field is displayed in all the translations the user has chosen to add to his/her profile. Each version should be editable so a change can be easily made to all translations at once and keep them synchronized more easily.

Facilitate comparing original and translated version while editing profile

12

This applies only to profile fields that are translatable.

Add an option next to each field to display the version of that field in the user's native language (or the language the profile was first created - I'm leaving that choice for implementation time). For example, a link "view «native language» version" which, when clicked, makes a new text box appear with the text in that language. The new box does not need to be editable (doesn't even need to be a text box at all). What's important is that it's possible to copy text from the reference version into the text box of the version the user is editing.

The user can then click a "Hide «language» version" to keep the form compact again. See the picture for a reference Edit profile change proposal

Move the "translation" from profile to edit.

1

Too many members add a profile translation, in an attempt to change the interface language.

The "add translation" button should be accessible only when editing the profile.

Remove option 'Maybe'

-12

Remove the option Maybe completely. Let the member chose between Yes and No

Disable blogs and only allow to write community news for specific members

-6

I Solution would be to disable blogs for all members. Add a right (or extend the new community news right) to allow to write blog post such as community news.

People who are using blogs are asked to use blog software elsewhere and link those blogs in the profile via website field.

Add a 'invisible' flag to profiles

-4

Add a flag to profiles that did not receive any message yet. This flag is only visible to certain volunteers, such as the New Member BeWelcome team.

Add a map on the "text" search and remove the separate "map" search

7

When entering the place of a city and getting results within the specified radius, results will appear on a map.

Include Reply -to-Post Facility

10

In order to simplify threads, include a facility for posters either to make a new post or to reply to a previous posts. Replies would then show in a collapsible sub thread, with sub-posts visible or not by viewer decision.

Down-rated posts can be hidden

-11

Members can choose to hide down-rated posts.

That is, by default everyone that open a thread would see all posts, but will have an option to set, either for all the threads (in personal profile) or for each thread (with a textbox in the thread page) the level below which won't be shown posts, actually hiding downrated post. In every page will be anyway a button "show all posts"

A downrated post is a post that has receive more duplicate/obsolete/offtopic marks than interesting/toberead ones

Have a map in the profile

0

On each profile, next to the profile picture, show an image, supplied by the profile owner, of a map which shows where the person can host (or where he/she is, if traveling). The scale is chosen by the profile owner.

Possibility to filter Experiences according to host / guest criteria

11

The possibility to filter Experiences according to host / guest criteria could be usefull as possibly some members don't search the same information when they are a host than when they are a guest.

term "experience" when describing hospEx

12

Making a distinction between a comment (could be a line or two about a person you just met) from an actually hosting/guesting experience.

This would make the actual experience stick out from a bunch of general comments. Ie, when searching for a host, or deciding whether to become one for that person, it would make sense to check experiences. But when interested in meeting people for coffee,  comments would be more useful.

(and yes, I am aware that "guesting" is not a proper word, but it's a replacement for "surfing", since this is not done here ;))

 

Traveller prompted to local group and nearby activities

7

If a member is in a different place from his hosting location, he will see suggestions to join the local group and nearby activities on the dashboard.

Remember last thread view time and link to the first unread post, from the group

12

Adding claudia's solution: "allow to jump immediately to the first unread post. I'm soooo fed up with all that scrolling.... "

(Because  I like it much =)

Add Thread Searching and Sorting per group

13

Searching by (for example)
*date of last reply (most recent on top of page);
*date of thread-birth (start of thread) (most recent on top of page);
*number of posts in thread;
*number of upvotes a thread has received (here, it would either be 'calculated' by summing all positive-negative votes, OR as the number of upvotes of the first post, OR a thread itself can have a upvote/downvote.

"Is the topic you're about to start already covered in some of this places?"

10

Adding an automatic suggestion of discussion / wikipage /suggestion that is discussing the topic you are about to post.

This would be done by analyzing tags added when starting a thread - if 2/3 (or some other %) of the tags of your post are the same as some other discussion's, those other discussions are listed, urging you to post there instead of starting a new thread.

I see the need for this , as there are many things discussing the same topic, often one thread linking to another (with a text like"see more info here"), leading to information being in at least 2 or 3 different places. Not to mention some of the information gets lost in the process, as people get tired of posting the same thing in every new thread that pops up on that topic.

With the possibility to split branches, and collapse threads, I see the discussion having a better overview, and no reason to start a new discussion if there is one already existing.

Edit and update Profile Content, directly on the profile, using popup edit boxes

12

Edit and update Profile Content, directly on the profile, using popup edit boxes, rather than using separate, profile admin pages.
This will be quicker and more intuitive, with a shorter learning curve.

Enable moderators to split a branch of a conversation into a new thread.

22

Enable moderators to split a branch of  a conversation into a new thread.

Some conversations are great, just in the wrong thread or have out grown the thread topic.

Add collapsible threaded conversation, with the option to view chronologically

7

Add collapsible threaded conversation, with the option to view chronologically

Threaded threads, make following a conversation easier for most people and enables replies to specific posts to be just below not however many posts down the page.

Collapsible branches make it easy to fold away branches of the conversation, that you are have read or are not interested in.  Posts that have already been viewed will be collapsed, reducing page size, especially on long threads.

Using AJAX(a technique for fetching bits of content from a server, without getting a whole new page), branches will be late-loaded, which will reduce the load on the servers, network and browsers and make the forums quicker.

Threaded threads, make it easy to separate branches that have gone off topic or onto a wider topic, in to their own thread and keep threads more on topic

Add an optional Activities section to Groups

11

Add an optional Activities Section to Groups, so that group activities are easily found.  Especially useful for Geo/Place-Groups.

Activities can be tagged or linked with multiple groups and does not need to be duplicated in each.  Group guidelines may require activities to be approved or not be allowed and moderators may remove activities that are unrelated to the group.  Activities may include online activities, such as chat or skype-conferance, etc.

Organise the Groups and Forum into: Community, Organisation, Location & General

20

Organise and Structure the Groups and Forum into: Community, Organisation, Location & General Interest Groups.  Making it easier to find relevant Groups.

The main Forum will be maintained, but as a group, called say, Community Forum.  (This will enable the code that supports the forums to be removed from ROX, simplifying the system)

The Groups will be grouped into the following four categories:

1. Community Groups, such as this group, Community Forum, Bugs, etc

2. Organisation Team Groups, such as the Safety Team, Dev Teams, etc

3. Location Groups, a hierarchy of nested location groups.  (posts in the currently dormant Location Forums to be imported to relevant Location Groups)

4. General Interest Groups, member created groups.

Each group can take on any structure that suits its sub-groups, with further levels of categories, as required.

Add Group Based Guidelines

7

Groups can create guidelines for discussions in the group.  These guidelines may relax or tighten the general forum rules, to suit the specific group discussions.  Groups such as this suggestions group, will want to be tighter, to keep conversations focused, other small or local groups, may want to be more relaxed.  More generally guidelines can define off-group-topic topics or whatever the group wishes.  This has been found to work well in other forums.

Add optional Group based Moderation Tools and Moderators

2

Add optional Group based Moderation Tools and Moderators, to allow groups to locally self-moderate and perform thread housekeeping tasks, without need to contact the Moderation Team.

Group Moderators with access to these tools, will be selected from all willing group members, by the group members or on a random rotation, with a Group Option of limiting the time that any one member is a moderator.

Moderation is ideally done, in moderation.  If any group member feels they have been unfairly moderated, they can contact the Moderation Team to mediate and find a reasonable resolution.

Enable moderators to split a branch off a conversation, in to a new thread

22

Enable moderators to split a branch off a conversation, in to a new thread.

Some conversations are great, just in the wrong thread or have out grown the thread topic.

Improve Group Membership and Thread Subscription Management and Email Settings

12

Improve Group Membership and Thread Subscription Management and Email Settings, to make it quick and easy to manage 'My Groups' and Subscribed Threads.

The current Subscription Management page was created before group were created and is not obvious to find.

There is no Groups Management Page as groups are really forums threads, with a tag and are filtered out of the forum and into individual Group Discussion lists.  Because of its evolution over time and growth of bW, general overall Group Management has only recently become more necessary.

Create a single Group Membership and Thread Subscription page, with key Group Preferences.  Thread Subscriptions managed through, expandable page sections, for each Group.