Please add the function to flag activities from the mobile app. It is inconvenient that it is only available from the web version of Strava. It's a simple feature, so not sure why it hasn't been added to the app previously. It was requested repeatedly through the previous feedback forum.
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Activity flagging and the idea of community moderation works fairly well, but there are always ways to improve it. Here are a few ideas to consider or where I feel the current system is lacking in some form:
1.) Reset people's ability to flag activities at midnight, local time. Currently, it is set up to reset 24 hours after the last flag was applied, which means you are always guessing when you will be allowed to flag another activity the next day. There is no indicator telling you whether or not you will be able to flag an activity until after you have gone through the entire process and try to submit it, only to find out that you are still temporarily blocked. This is a big waste of time. Just reset it at the same time every day so it is obvious. Another idea is to have some type of counter showing how many flags you have remaining in a day and/or when they will reset. A note when you apply a flag that states something like "You have 5 flags remaining today" and/or "Your flagging ability will reset at 8:00am EST on XX/XX/XXXX."
2.) Nominate or allow local ambassadors who have more liberal flagging limits or abilities. These people can be ones who submit an application and can be vetting by the location of the bulk of their activities over the past X number of years. This will greatly help to clean up segments if someone is willing AND ABLE to flag more than 5 or 10 activities at a time.
3.) Have a graduated limit to flags per day. The more active the person is on Strava, the more flags they are allowed. New members only get maybe 3 or 5 as a limit, but long-standing members get up to 100 (or whatever number works best). These limits can be reduced if it is shown that they are abusing the system, determined by a percentage of flags applied that get overruled or otherwise proven incorrect.
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I previously posted similar in the leader boards forum:
I would like opt out from including my activities on leader boards, by default, or ... make it an opt in feature for general users instead of opt out.
One comment I got back previously was to change privacy settings. Also, coming into an individual activity after the fact an marking it 'virtual' will disable the data going into leader boards. But these not what I'm looking for here.
I'm not concerned with privacy on this. I don't care who sees my times on anything. And I typically want activities to remain public: they sometimes are to show my own explorations on bicycle, with a few photos and some commentary of what I found there, for a given map track. This is one of my uses of Strava and what keeps me engaged in useful exercise.
I don't want to manually edit everything as virtual. I do want mileage tracked and on which specific bike. I may look at my own times, or disregard if I can see they are not legitimate.
Here is what I don't like about leader boards: if anything goes wrong, I potentially have to hear back from someone about stealing their KOM. 3 historical cases
While new to Strava, in an accident. Traveled to hospital and home in vehicles. Recording was running for several days. I saved it as showing where and when the accident occurred. Received a fake KOM.
Erroneous empty recording of an 80+ mile activity by the android phone app. I reproduced it with gotoes.org. Next day I notice I have multiple KOMs
Poor GPS signal in the woods puts me on a different trail (a tough climb on gravel and a few erosion control steps) from the one I actually rode that day (easy). I am currently 4th overall and best of the year for a segment I wasn't on.
The opinion that has grown on me is that leader boards game is fun concept but doesn't actually work well. But I'm forced into a game I am not interested in playing.
Please provide opt out.
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I frequently come across segments that refer to stores, clubs, jokes, insults or just don't make any sense at all. It would be very useful a feature where you could suggest name changes and if the community sees well the change, update them.
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