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  1. Searching all sites should not be the default

    The default option for search on Blackboard websites is to search all pages associated with your main domain name.

    This means if a parent searches for "homecoming" on High School A, they could possibly get the results from High School B.

    I went to Denton ISD and searched for "second grade" from Blanton ES and the first page of results were all from different elementary schools.

    We've had them alter the way search works on our site, but it does cost extra. Odd that this is the default. Does anyone else have issues with search complaints?

    3 votes
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  2. PUSHING calendar events to higher level calendars WITHOUT NEEDING APPROVAL

    I should be able to give permission for CERTAIN users to be able to PUSH calendar events to higher level calendars WITHOUT WAITING FOR APPROVAL.

    15 votes
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  3. Co-taught classes to be populated in teach accounts

    I'd like to find a way for co-taught classes to be populated into teachers' rosters. Or perhaps be able to manually enter emails.

    2 votes
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  4. Table App

    The Table App Needs attention and updating, as follows:
    - A function for cells to span column and rows.
    - Improved interface for editor
    - Fix content deletion bug
    - Resize capability for rows, columns, and table itself
    - Color capability for table content and table itself, including cells, rows, and columns
    - Link capability for content other than text
    - Insert table tool inside of other apps

    54 votes
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  5. friendly URLs should remain and not disappear after first click

    Campus staff and end uses don't really get the friendly URL outside of seeing it on a news article or announcement.

    These friendly URLs should remain constant throughout the user experience irrespective if they clicked on it to get there.

    7 votes
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  6. Rename APPS to something else

    Please rename APPs to Modules, Templates or Containers. Apps to most of the public especially the non Tech savoy teachers is confusing. I am very knowledgeable in the tech world and its not the correct term in website design. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/app

    Apps with in apps doesn't make sense. A module in a module, or Container in a container, templates with in templates all do.

    37 votes
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  7. Automate Staff Directory from Integrated App data

    Several requests here are for the ability to automatically update the Staff Directory from Active Directory or scheduled uploads. Customers with the Integrated App have already provided this data and the Staff Directory IS supposed to be live and dynamic in the App. So it seems possible that this data could be used to populate the Staff Directory in Web Community Manager.

    90 votes
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  8. Look up best practices for SEO from 2007 and implement them in your platform

    Implement canonical URLs via user-configurable meta tags
    Use HTTP 301 redirects
    Allow SEO-friendly URLs within site structure (navigation, breadcrumbs, in-page links, etc.)
    Create a sane way to manage SEO-friendly URLs sitewide
    Be less bad at webs

    3 votes
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  9. Can we have alt text on the images in the staff directory

    I'm getting errors with the WAVE and SiteImprove tools for accessibility with the staff directory images. I would suggest that using the person's first and last name would be ideal.

    5 votes
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  10. Site-Wide Find Section or Find Page

    Provide Site Directors with the ability to search site-wide by section or page name or ID. This would assist with internal trouble-shooting and support activities by making it easier to quickly locate a specific section or page. For example, sometimes end users accidentally move a section or page and forget where it's been moved to. Other times a subsite director might accidentally delete the editor associated with the section or ask for assistance with assigning a new editor. Being able to quickly search site-wide to find the content would reduce efforts in trying to track down what site > channel…

    13 votes
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  11. Obfuscate email addresses

    I just learned that the Staff Directory app and the About Teacher app will obfuscate email addresses to prevent (or at least slow down) their collection by email harvesters.

    Since we also add email addresses in other apps (Tables, Minibases, Content), could WCM consider obfuscating all email addresses or giving content creators an option to add obfuscation? Maybe a Captcha screen?

    5 votes
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  12. Headlines and Features App "More Info" link

    When using the updated option to choose a link or file instead of an actual article, the option to toggle visibility on the "More Info" link is desirable. Clicking the headline opens the file or external link in a new window an having the "More info" button there does the same but in the same window. The action is redundant. I wouldn't strictly remove it, but have an option to display the "More Info" button by default on all headlines to accommodate those who don't want it either way.

    2 votes
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  13. Control / Force Global Incons to subsites from District website

    It would be quite useful to control global icons from our district website to force changes on all sub sites. Currently if we want to add a global icon to every school page it has to be done on all 50(ish) sub sites through the template for each site. It would be more efficient to have a toggle checkbox list for each global icon with an option to push to a sub site if desired. We currently to this with custom JavaScript when needed but it isn't always reliable cross-browser.

    2 votes
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  14. photo editing needed in Photo Gallery

    Since the recent change in photo gallery, posting images and editing them to the right size is not possible within your sight. I require a third-party interface to edit the size of photos (915x1500) to match your requirements.
    If your interface is limited in the size of images we're supposed to upload, it would be extremely beneficial to the client to be able to at least crop or resize directly from the photo gallery app like we used to be able to.

    21 votes
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  15. 3 votes
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  16. Week view in District Calendar is not an option? Help!

    Surely this was a mistake. There are buttons for Month and Day but no Week view. Many Parents and Faculty are requesting this. Please put Week as a view option.

    8 votes
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  17. Add a Move button so that multiple files can be checked and then moved to a sub-folder

    From the Top level, the current process requires:
    -- Clicking the Move button
    -- Clicking the drop down arrow in the "Move To:" box
    -- Clicking the drop down arrow beside Root Directory
    -- Clicking the Sub-folder
    -- Lastly - Clicking the "Move" button
    Five clicks to move one file at a time. Extremely tedious

    Idea:
    Click the Checkbox beside the files to be moved then select the sub-folder.

    16 votes
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  18. Prevent Section editors from adding additional section editors

    Prevent section editors from adding additional section editors to the section they have rights to. Currently, section editors can authorize additional "editors" who have not attended district training. In fact, the way the system currently works even our students and parents (who also have logins) could be granted editorial rights over a page by a section editor. This is a fairly substantial security flaw.

    2 votes
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  19. Bring back the flex editor!

    When I read the release notes, I noticed that some editor apps would be "upgraded to their modern counterparts." It did not read "we are removing the flex editor app and taking you back to the dysfunctional content app and not providing any of the modern features." I am trying to add a link to a survey I created, and there used to be a button at the top to do just that. Now, I have to go in and view the survey, copy the link, and then add a link in the content app. I am also struggling with…

    42 votes
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  20. Ally - Exclude expired content from accessibility scan.

    Expired announcements/highlights/etc. don't display on the website, so they're is no need to track down and correct accessibility issues in that content. Including them in the accessibility report makes it difficult to discern what issues actually need attention.

    6 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Ally  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks Sergio – this recommendation makes total sense. We try to note a wide variety of “events” and communicate them to Ally, but this one may be a little unusual in that passing a date line may be a little more “passive.” I’ll explore with our development team and see what the potential for this is. If there is an urgent need to drop these items from the report making them inactive may do it (but I know that’s likely a lot of manual work) – Rich

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