When you sign in to My Rotary the “Remember Me” option is selected by default. If you leave it checked you will remain signed in for 28 days without being asked to sign in again when accessing secure areas of the website. In the past, you would be prompted to sign-in again if you were accessing secure content and had been idle for more than four hours so if you visit Rotary.org often you will really appreciate this enhancement.
This fix will make navigating the website easier but remember to sign out if you are using public computers.
In other news, I’m sad to report we ran into some issues with notifications so they won’t be live for 1 or 2 more weeks. But stay tuned because I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as notifications are up and running!
Our web statistics tell us that Club Finder is one of the most utilized tools on Rotary.org, which is why we are happy to showcase the added functionality of being able to search based on current location.
No matter where you are, at home or on the go, you will be able to find Rotary or Rotaract Clubs near you. What parts of the site do you use most often?
We recently highlighted the new look and feel of groups and now we have more good news. We’ve improved the way that discussions work based on how our users expected them to work. When you start a new discussion you add a title and the first post. Now the first post displays just like all subsequent posts: to the right of the title, with the author’s name, and the date and time it was posted.
Check out these discussions about service projects!
Celebrate this fix by joining a group and contributing to the discussion. Stay tuned for more improvements!
Sometimes changes are so subtle we don’t notice them right away. Nonetheless, they provide important improvements for users of the Rotary website. For example, we added a new button to the My Rotary front page, “Explore Site”.
“Explore Site”” encourages casual visitors to browse the member site without logging in. It brings them to the Learning & Reference page to learn more about Rotary.
Also, the development team is very responsive to feedback from users and recently we had some reports that users were having an issue sending messages to others in the Community whose names included an apostrophe. Although the number of users with apostrophes in their name is small it was still very important that we address and fix it.
No matter how small the issue might seem, keep the feedback coming!
Do you have expertise with motorized tricycles or distributing wheel chairs? With 89 members and several discussions started, the Project Lifecycle Resources group has jumped to the top of the list thanks to these recent posts by Rotarians seeking input on their projects. A Portuguese language group for Brazilian Public Safety professionals is just getting going, and 50 members of the Sydney Convention 2014 group are planning how they’ll spend their time at the International Convention in June.
We mentioned last week that the groups with the most recent activity move to the top of the list. Join the conversation or start one of your own.
Enhancements can be small or big, but every little fix gets us closer to having a better and more user friendly site. A few days ago you might have read the post about the groups makeover. That was a big improvement that has put us on the path to having a truly engaging online community. Along with the new groups layout, a lot of work went to many other improvements.
One you might have noticed is that users with no profile picture now display a silhouette photo:
We also increased the number of characters on the Reason for Interest field on the Contact a Club form. This will allow those inquiring to fully describe their interest in Rotary and Rotaract Clubs.
Have you noticed any improvements that have been particularly helpful? Have you encountered any issues you want to put on our radar? Let us know in the My Rotary Early Adopters group.
We’ve made some changes to layout of the Groups pages making it easier to:
- switch between My Groups and All Groups
- join a group that interests you – or leave a group that no longer does
- see what’s trending or where the most active discussions are taking place
Note that “Invite Only” groups don’t have a join button on the main page. You must click on the group and click join to request a group administrator to approve your membership.
The most active groups show up at the top of the list – so if you haven’t already, join or start a discussion in your group(s), engage other members and improve your group’s visibility.
We hope you like the new design. What are your thoughts? Keep the feedback coming in the My Rotary Early Adopters group.