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Unit Orginization Pages

Postby marlattrj-p40 » Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:33 pm

One thing that would be a great addition to the Unit Web Sites would be to have organization (YM,YW, Primary, Elders, etc) pages. Allow presidencies of the various quorums and organizations to have there own page which could consist of a blog, and also allow events to be added by groups thus allowing members to view specific groups events and activities. It can be hard to sort through the calendar looking for specific organization's events when it is populated with every other organization's events as well. Having a blog would be a great way for presidencies to communicate information to members.

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Postby greenwoodkl » Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:19 pm

Extrapolating off this idea, if quorum, class, auxiliary, committee, or organizational portals were available, they could tie into existing resources in "Serving in the Church" to provide leadership with training links next to materials from ward training materials, YW/YM/Scouting/Activity Day registration materials or flyers next to Camp Manuals, Faith in God materials, etc... from the Gospel Library..., pictures of Primary activities next to interactive Friend online games, an ldskids domain, or other amazing features the IxD and other creative teams could come up with! ;)

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Postby marlattrj-p40 » Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:06 am

Another chalange with keeping the unit site up to date is the hasle of comunicating every thing through one Unit Web Site Specialist (UWSS). If we provided pages for each quorum, class, auxiliary, committee, or organization, then we could also have callings with in each for maintaining their page. For example there could be a UWSS for the RS, EQ, YM, YW, Activities Committee, etc. they could possibly be formed as a committee as well.

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I prefer low-tech for most things

Postby kennard » Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:23 am

marlattrj wrote:Another chalange with keeping the unit site up to date is the hasle of comunicating every thing through one Unit Web Site Specialist (UWSS). If we provided pages for each quorum, class, auxiliary, committee, or organization, then we could also have callings with in each for maintaining their page. For example there could be a UWSS for the RS, EQ, YM, YW, Activities Committee, etc. they could possibly be formed as a committee as well.


Good idea, but I have to admit that even as a computer guy, I don't get too excited about trying to move more things over to a website than are really necessary. (No need to create a dozen more callings to update web pages in each ward organization when we could call the same people to minister rather than administer/administrate the web pages.)

Computers are great for things like ward lists, statistics, reports, etc., where they allow easier administration to free up people for more important things, but if they are creating more work instead of reducing it, I think low-tech methods are better. Even for announcements, calendaring, etc., if people aren't coming to Church and activities to hear the announcements then all the more reason they need to be contacted personally instead of just having access to a website that they probably aren't using anyway.

I do think it is a cool idea, I just don't know if the additional time it would require to keep it updated is worth the amount of use it would really get by people. And I hope I'm not the one who gets asked to keep everything up to date in my organization! ;)

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Postby russellhltn » Fri Jun 22, 2007 12:01 pm

Given how units can differ in the use of the website, I'd suggest that organization pages be "hidden" unless activated by the unit. No point in having a bunch of blank YM, YW, PH pages if they aren't going to be done.

So while the idea is good, we need to accommodate the whole range of unit use of the site by creating options.

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Postby marlattrj-p40 » Fri Jun 22, 2007 12:18 pm

dougk wrote:Computers are great for things like ward lists, statistics, reports, etc., where they allow easier administration to free up people for more important things, but if they are creating more work instead of reducing it, I think low-tech methods are better. Even for announcements, calendaring, etc., if people aren't coming to Church and activities to hear the announcements then all the more reason they need to be contacted personally instead of just having access to a website that they probably aren't using anyway.-Doug


I do agree with you 100%. I would still like to see a page for each organization, but you are right that we don't need to create more callings to administer/administrate, if an organization's presidency would like to have something added to it they could either do it their selfs (possibly the secretary) or just send it to the ward website specialist.

I don't think that Quorums and organizations should be required to have and keep up a page but allow them the option. In both the ward that I am in now and the Singles branch that I was in prior, the majority of the members are internet savvy (Partially due to the fact that they are younger and have grown up with it) and we use email and unit web pages a lot to keep up to date and share information. I don't think that this has made us any less personal, it has just helped us stay up to date on event.

What I am suggesting is that we allow at least Organizations and Quorums to be filtered on the calendar, because once a ward actively starts using the unit site the calendar becomes cluttered making it hard to find event. If a member was able to filter it to show only the EQ events, for example, then it would be a lot easier to read.

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Postby bhofmann-p40 » Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:00 pm

You could simplify it and have one page for everyone to use.

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Postby thedqs » Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:02 pm

bhofmann wrote:You could simplify it and have one page for everyone to use.


You mean like a main page and everyone posts onto it or a ward whiteboard where everyone can post to it (similar to a forum)? Or even a wiki.
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Postby russellhltn » Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:16 pm

marlattrj wrote:What I am suggesting is that we allow at least Organizations and Quorums to be filtered on the calendar, because once a ward actively starts using the unit site the calendar becomes cluttered making it hard to find event. If a member was able to filter it to show only the EQ events, for example, then it would be a lot easier to read.


I'd approach that from a different angle. Use user preferences to select what people see on their own calendar. One needs to keep in mind some complexities. A RS event that's open to the whole ward should be seen by everyone. But a RS event for only the sisters should only been seen by those who want to see it. (Married men may want to see it - they need to know when to watch the kids.)

You do NOT want to create multiple calendars where you have to go to different pages to see what events apply to you. Things will fall though the cracks. However, a single calendar that can be filtered would be fantastic. Oh, yes. And apply the filter to the download - so I don't download a bunch of Primary activities to my Palm.

However, I would add one feature - when you click on "add an event", you'd see ALL the events so you'd know of any conflict before submitting.

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Postby bhofmann-p40 » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:35 pm

thedqs wrote:You mean like a main page and everyone posts onto it or a ward whiteboard where everyone can post to it (similar to a forum)? Or even a wiki.


Exactly. We can let several key people maintain one page.


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