Messaging email magic and a parent deactivation

I managed to put my head down and add two minor features again today. Minor, but probably useful as you jump into this new season!

Replying to emails now magically replies to the message in WrestlingIQ

Before today, if you received an email from WrestlingIQ notifying you of a new message, you had to open WrestlingIQ to reply to that message. WrestlingIQ now allows you to reply to any ‘new message’ email and it will magically show up in the messaging thread.

Replying directly to an email…
… puts that reply directly into the group!

Note: If you are replying to an email from a group you do not have permission to send messages to, the reply will create a new direct message between you and whoever originally sent the message (in most cases a coach or admin).

I recommend that you login to the WrestlingIQ website on your phone (it works great in mobile browsers!), but I hope the above will be helpful to ensure all the messages get scooped up into one place.

Parent deactivation

With a new high school season upon us, a little cleanup is probably necessary. As a coach or admin, if you click on a parent you will see a deactivation link in the top left:

Clicking that will remove the parent from all messaging groups (although it will not delete old messages sent by that parent in the group, or any direct messages). The parent will now be locked out of WrestlingIQ for your team.

Messaging updates & a sneak peak

A few minor updates and a little sneak preview into the upcoming WrestlingIQ iOS app!

Messaging Updates

Email Notifications Changed

As of today email notifications for new messages have a new layout. Instead of having to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the new message, the latest message will appear right at the top of the email, with older messages further down.

Lots of people brought this to my attention as a less than ideal experience – apologies for that and do let me know if the new format is better.

Expanded Messaging Box

When typing a message into WrestlingIQ that’s longer than a couple sentences, it can be quite hard to read what you’ve typed in. There is now a little button in the bottom right corner of the messaging box that let’s you expand the textarea.

Message Archiving

If you are a coach or an admin, on the top right hand corner of the chat view is now a little … menu that exposes a drop down allowing you to take a few actions.

Don’t worry, it will prompt you first to confirm deletion after you click this button.

Added today is the ability to archive all messages in a group, which will be useful for those of you hoping to do some cleanup before this season really gets under way.

Text Message Notifications

A friendly reminder that text message notifications are available for all parents, wrestlers, and coaches who want that, in addition to email notifications. If you want to set notifications for yourself please go to your notification settings and add your phone number.

iOS Sneak Peak

I have been working hard on bringing WrestlingIQ to iOS with a particular emphasis on being able to record stats and video on any iOS device running iOS12 and later. I don’t have a firm release date yet, but here are a few sneak peaks of my work in progress (please excuse the view of my desk… pretend it’s your local wrestling tournament 😂)

A smart message group for your paid sessions

For any future session you setup in WrestlingIQ, a new smart message group will be setup so you as a coach or admin can easily message everyone registered for that session.

After you create a session, you will see the group in the messages section of WrestlingIQ. That group will automatically add parents (and wrestlers) to the group when a parent successfully registers them for that particular session.

You can still create any number of groups or direct messages, but hopefully this feature will save you a little time when you want to send a message to only parents registered for a particular session.

Custom Messaging Groups, Public Calendar, and Less Whitespace (Release Notes, March 8, 2019)

This week’s update improves calendars that are available on club team websites, a small UI change, and custom messaging groups.

Custom Messaging Groups

Special thanks to Sean, Anthony, and members of the Skyline High School wrestling team for working with me on messaging this past season.

As of today you can now create a custom messaging group within WrestlingIQ. You might use this to setup a group called ‘Parents – State Wrestling 2019’ and add only the parents you know will be present at the state tournament. That way you can message the group directly, without spamming the rest of your parents or wrestlers.

 

I’m working on other messaging improvements that aren’t quite ready yet. Stay tuned for text message notifications, the ability to make specific parents or wrestlers messaging admins, and some additional configuration options.

Public Calendar

Shout-out to Justin and Andy of Pin City Wrestling for these upgrades to the public calendar.

On a public calendar page (example), you can now click on an event to get a popover with more info such as event location, and notes. The note field may contain links, so this is a good way to direct your parents or prospective parents to something like tournament registration via your WrestlingIQ powered website.

The public calendar now displays a little bit better on mobile. By default mobile phones will load up the list view, as it displays the best. But if you click month, you should now be able to at least read the events for each day on all devices. It’s not super pretty yet, but it is now at least functional.

Less Whitespace

I released a fairly major UI overhaul a few months ago which introduced a lot more whitespace into the UI. With this update I’ve reduced the whitespace within lists to make it easier to see more information without having to scroll aggressively. I think this makes it cleaner, without making it too dense, but please shoot me an email if you have feedback on this (for better or worse).