Tools Menu - Highlight Calling-Specific Tools

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Tools Menu - Highlight Calling-Specific Tools

Postby bmsbird » Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:10 am

After searching the forum, I didn't see a post about this. It would be great to know which tools on the menu are calling-specific tools. I'm a stake executive secretary and I don't know which tools are viewable by my ward counterpart. Yesterday, our stake clerk told me about the Facilities Issue Reporting tool and I was excited to use it, but I found my calling doesn't give me access. Is there is a list of all tools available and who has access to what?

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Re: Tools Menu - Highlight Calling-Specific Tools

Postby mevans » Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:11 am

The only thing I can think of is selecting "All Tools" from the Tools menu. That tells you about most of them, even some of which are only available to people based on their callings. However, some, like Facilities Issue Reporting are not included. There are some other tools which I've heard of that I believe only Bishops and Stake Presidents have access to.

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Re: Tools Menu - Highlight Calling-Specific Tools

Postby sbradshaw » Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:59 am

If we could start a list in this thread I wouldn't mind compiling a spreadsheet that shows who has access to what – I think it would be handy to have around...

This tool is available to everyone with an LDS Account:
Notes (for scripture study)

Here are the tools available to everyone who is LDS and assigned to a ward:
Directory
Calendar
Lesson Schedules
Newsletter
Patriarchal Blessing (request)
LDS Store

Here are the tools available to the extended ward council:
Leader and Clerk Resources

Here are some other tools I know of:
Recreation Camps (Manage Camps?)
Missionary Recommendation
Church Directory of Organizations and Leaders
Facility Issue Reporting
Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement
Employment Resource Services
Official Communications Library
Seminary Registration
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Re: Tools Menu - Highlight Calling-Specific Tools

Postby sbradshaw » Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:01 am

How would you define a "Tool"? Any service that gives access based on LDS Account login? What about, for example, FamilySearch?
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Re: Tools Menu - Highlight Calling-Specific Tools

Postby aebrown » Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:30 am

sbradshaw wrote:How would you define a "Tool"? Any service that gives access based on LDS Account login? What about, for example, FamilySearch?

For purposes of this discussion, I would limit the definition to include only those items that actually show up on the Tools menu on LDS.org. Otherwise the list will be very unwieldy -- if you include FamilySearch, you'll also need to include many other sites. Let's stick to the question posed in the original post, which is the actual Tools menu.

Following that guideline, I would remove the following from your previous post:
LDS Store
Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement
Employment Resource Services
Official Communications Library
Seminary Registration
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Re: Tools Menu - Highlight Calling-Specific Tools

Postby russellhltn » Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:03 am

aebrown wrote:For purposes of this discussion, I would limit the definition to include only those items that actually show up on the Tools menu on LDS.org. Otherwise the list will be very unwieldy -- if you include FamilySearch, you'll also need to include many other sites. Let's stick to the question posed in the original post, which is the actual Tools menu.


That seems to limit the sites being discussed. I'd prefer to discuss resources that are calling-specific. Meaning, you must hold a specific calling to access or administer them.

While the OP says the Tools menu, the situation that gave rise to the desire isn't limited to the Tools menu. I'm sure there are people who would like to know who has access to the Official Communication Library.
Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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Re: Tools Menu - Highlight Calling-Specific Tools

Postby aebrown » Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:28 am

russellhltn wrote:That seems to limit the sites being discussed.

Of course it does. That was my intent -- to not have such a broad discussion that it gets out of hand.

russellhltn wrote:I'd prefer to discuss resources that are calling-specific. Meaning, you must hold a specific calling to access or administer them.

Fine. But I hope you understand what you're embarking on -- the list will have dozens of sites, with all sorts of nuances (different access for different callings) for many of the sites.

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Re: Tools Menu - Highlight Calling-Specific Tools

Postby bmsbird » Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:56 pm

There seems to be at least two levels to this idea:
1- Some kind of indication on the Tools menu that a particular tool is based on the specific member's calling.
2- A list of all tools and the callings that have access to them (and possibly what level of access?).

aebrown wrote:Following that guideline, I would remove the following from your previous post:
LDS Store
Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement
Employment Resource Services
Official Communications Library
Seminary Registration
Send a Message

I would actually include the above items on the access list in my Item 2.

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Re: Tools Menu - Highlight Calling-Specific Tools

Postby sbradshaw » Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:38 pm

Here's a document I started, if anyone is interested in contributing:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0
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Re: Tools Menu - Highlight Calling-Specific Tools

Postby jonesrk » Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:13 am

bmsbird wrote:There seems to be at least two levels to this idea:
1- Some kind of indication on the Tools menu that a particular tool is based on the specific member's calling.

The tools menu does this (mostly). The general access items are at the top and any calling specific ones appear below a line break in the menu. Leader and Clerk resources is the exception. I think they did that when they expanded access to the ward councils to make it easier to find.
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