Newsletter #281

Newsletter #281 - August 26, 2015

Here's What You Told Us

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We were blown away by the response to our request for feedback on Services. Blown away by the number of you who took the time to respond. Blown away by your thoughtful replies. Blown away by your many, many kind and supportive words. Just to answer a common question, no, we can't hear too often how much you love ActiveCaptain!

It took a week of evenings but we went through all of the emails. They were sorted, categorized, counted, and evaluated. Mostly, they helped us to understand what we need to do next.

Here's the 4 main things you told us:

- ActiveCaptain and eBoatCards need to be combined.
It has always been in the plan but we're going to work on making that happen earlier, especially before more Services capabilities are added. There will be one website - All of the functionality will be in that one place.

- Much better help is needed.
We're going to re-develop an entirely new help module. We'll then fill it out with screen shots, short explanations, and good links to guide you and help you. We're also looking into creating short videos to explain the basic concepts of what all these capabilities provide. We forget that we need to go slow to bring you along with the concepts since most of you do not live and breath ActiveCaptain like we do.

- Bottom painting was a bad choice.
We thought it was good because it involves hauling, bottom painting, mechanical work, washing/waxing, and other services. We know that most boaters do their own bottom painting. So did we until our current boat. But calling out that category made many people not look at the other categories available (there are 25 categories live right now - engine mechanics, air conditioning, canvas, surveyors, and more).

- Reviews need to have some anonymity if desired.
Although ActiveCaptain isn't completely anonymous since it requires email validation, ActiveCaptain ties reviews to the captain name which can be somewhat anonymous. Services needs to have the option of using your electronic boat card identification (aCappella, Castine, ME, US) or your captain name to shield your direct identity from view.

There were many hundreds of other suggestions. They've all been written down for implementation. They were fun to read and it was enlightening.

Thank you all for so much feedback. One last thing that came screaming out to us through this process - we need to ask you more often what you think. There is no better community of active and experienced boaters anywhere and we need to listen more. We will.

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