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What happened to the patrons campaign page?

I noticed a few weeks ago that there was a new page at https://www.familysearch.org/campaign...

You could select your ward, and it used to allow you to identify people with familysearch accounts in your ward who had ancestors that they could take to the temple. The idea was that you could send an encouraging email to the patron regarding an ancestor who had temple work that was available.

(Truthfully, I felt it was a bit redundant since familysearch sends encouraging reminders as well, but perhaps this would make it more personal coming from a member of the ward.)

But I noticed today that there's just a list of people from the ward, and no ability to select anything, just a plain text list.

I *AM* a Ward Temple and Family History Leader. I mention that as there had been some changes of access for those who would have been consultants.

Any ideas from a lurking employee?

Justin

P.S. There's also a data glitch... I have one line between two others with names that has a n/a on it.
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  • Thanks for your observations. THis is a campaign in initial testing mode. Your comments are welcome.
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  • Thanks. I hope more is done with this to help leaders track efforts locally for reaching out our reporting familysearch accounts (which I'm guessing this is), but also last login (I'd want to work with people who haven't been on in quite a while), or track our efforts to contact them on an annual basis.

    I think correlating this with the planner tool for Ward leaders (not necessarily consultants) to be able to assign consultants to work with people would be great as well.

    I just got my ward plan approved yesterday and am meeting with the elders Quorum President this week to discuss implementation. (my first two goals are to get consultants called and trained)

    I look forward to what improvements you have in store. The user interface could be improved a little in being able to send messages along, not just one at a time, if you're going to make two available.

    Also make it possible to keep message templates available for selection. I'd also like to be able to send messages out regarding new features since they may not be subscribed to the blog, or to help build a groundswell for a ward goal or campaign.

    I realize there is a concern over too much email, but I hope ward leaders will self moderate themselves.

    Perhaps also work on a feature where missionaries and ward temple and family history leaders can work in tandem, given Pres. Nelson's recent hopes for new mission presidents in that area.

    Keep up the good work!
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  • Justin, what you may not be aware that a FamilySearch user can disable getting any email messages from FamilySearch.

    However, if you send an email from your account to the person's email account (usually listed in the Ward Directory - don't send any blanket emails), FamilySearch is not the sender and so your email should go through.

    However, my feeling as a consultant is that I am better off approaching them at Church and talking with them face-to-face.
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  • Thanks Tom. I didn't remember that.

    I don't know if it's a mental illness thing or what, but I have a hard time differentiating some people at church. I constantly have to ask my wife if someone is so and so.

    And its not just there. You could line up different pictures of Madonna and I literally can't tell they're the same person.

    It would probably be better if I sit down with someone and talked with them about something, getting to a point where I remember them from some story or experience.

    But facial stuff is tough. And the funny thing is I will be out with my wife and I'll say, "That person looks familiar". My wife is tired of that too, because I'll try to figure it out.

    When I worked at a large semiconductor company, I had a hard time with names and faces, but if they told me their username, I would remember all kinds of things about their account.
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