Changes to default Activity names

Starting August 18th, we changed the way Strava automatically names your activities. Previously, when uploading from a device (via the Strava website or via a syncing program) your activities would be titled "mm/dd/yyyy City, State" or "dd/mm/yyy Town, Region, Country". Now, your activities will follow the same naming convention as the Strava App. For example, "Morning Ride", "Afternoon Run", "Evening Run".

 

The default activity name is easy to edit. From the mobile app, when viewing one of your activities click on the "pencil" edit icon or select edit from the menu button. From the website, see the "pencil" edit icon to the left side of your activity page. You can also edit multiple activities from the "My Activities" view under the Training tab. 

 

We made this change in an effort to build consistency between the Strava website and mobile app. Additionally, when viewing activities listed on the profile or Activity Feed, activities are always listed by date making it easy to determine when the activity took place. 

 

September 9th, 2015

We understand that the new default activity names will not work for everyone on Strava. We welcome your comments and discussion on this thread and hope you understand that your feedback is heard and has been discussed with the Strava team. We do our best to cater to all the needs of our community, knowing that new features and product changes will impact our members in different ways. 

 

We don't currently have plans to revert the changes or build additional settings to customize default activity names. Our product continues to evolve and we hope you stick with us knowing that we take your feedback seriously. 

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  • Well, let's see, you have one or two people saying "I don't care", another one or two saying "I edit everything anyway", and DOZENS that HATE the new naming convention.  I think that you have had your answer - a RESOUNDING "This change sucks".  I, for one, said in an earlier post that I would give Strava two weeks to fix this issue before cancelling my premium subscription.  I see that at least one person has already cancelled theirs and another questions why they bother having it.  So now my question to you:  You have your answer, so when are you going to change it back?

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  • Well Elle, seems users overwhelmingly agree this change not Strava's best idea ever - but you have gathered some useful insights into what users want and why. Here's some suggestions:

    • put it back please
    • make the mobile app match the desktop app (whats the fixation with the mobile app?)
    • offer a configuration option so users can choose what they see by default - plenty of scope here
    • put it back please
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  • Terrible change. Garmin Connect take years to copy good ideas from Strava, and then Strava shoot themselves in the foot by taking them away. Baffling decision!

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  • This change has annoyed me :-(

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  • I prefer the old Format.  The Location and Date was useful.   Thanks.

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  • The old format is much better (date & location).  It easily lets the user keep track of when and where rides were at a quick glance without having to take the time to edit each activity, especially when you upload multiple activities at a time that could span a week or more.

    I would like to see the old format reinstated, or provide a naming default option that can be check in the preferences.

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  • Please make this configurable.  The new default names are devoid of any useful information.

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  • I don't like it either. I like the date in the ride name.  However it's been my experience that it's a waste of time to complain here.  Strava do not read these pages or if they do, they pay not attention to them.  Example:  We've been asking for years for an event filter in activity feed.  Nothing from Strava.

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  • Preferred it the old way - was especially helpful if you travel and do activities in different places, as the title brought immediate identification of the location. Allowing the user to select a default is not a difficult feature to implement.
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  • Location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location, location,

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  • Hate the change. I've now got to edit all my activities to name them. More work for me for no apparent reason.

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  • I understand the rationale about consistency, but now it's consistently worse!

    When I'm looking over hundreds of activities on the "My Activities" page, "Morning Ride" is a totally meaningless name to me. The location and date (which suggests the time of year) are much more meaningful. I strongly support changing the convention back, or better yet, letting the user choose the convention.

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  • Please change this back.  The new naming convention is extra annoying.

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  • Please bring back the automatic location names to imported activities. Location is a valuable description when viewing the feed.
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  • Consistency between the various platforms is good but this change is rubbish. 

    Why reduce the default activity name to giving LESS information, and information that is quickly duplicated at that. I find the basic date/place info very useful in finding past activities - reducing this to "morning run" etc. will increase the work involved in finding old activities and make the website less usable. 

    THIS WILL LOSE YOU BUSINESS. 

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  • As Strava seems to be ignoring this thread I suggest everyone who doesn't like this change sends a tweet to @Strava with a link to this. I've just done this.

     

    @Strava - see the topic 'Changes to default Activity names' https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/95859818-Changes-to-default-Activity-names - everyone hates it. Please take note.

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  • Totally agree with all the comments saying that a user should be able to select a default type/structure of naming the activities. In this way you even have pro cyclists doing the Vuelta with a poor name like "Afternoon ride"...does this make sense? 

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  • Not that long ago I thought Strava was amazing. It was a fantastic site with great features and I loved to explore other peoples rides (and also my own) Now - with the map change AND this stupid change and the worst of all things; Strava does not respond or listen to our prayers. Fuck it. Strava has lost the reputation and I now use less time on the site than before. How is it possible to ruin a so good site?! Change it back!
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  • The date was far more useful for searching activities. I would much prefer to have the old format back.

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  • Please make this configurable.  As it is now it contains no useful information at all.

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  • This new naming convention blows goats . . . stupendously bad decision making . . .

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  • Silence from Strava. They really don't give a rat's ass. 

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  • Hello? Anyone still there at Strava? Manually changing all activities is starting to get really annoying!
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  • Date and start time of the day was a lot better!

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  • Well I've raised a support ticket as they have to respond to that, to the effect of:

     

    'Hello

    Due to the latest change in this thread

    https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/95859818-Changes-to-default-Activity-names

    and the displeasure being posted by many, many users, with Strava not responding once to these comments I feel that once my current premium membership (unfortunately I signed up for an annual contract instead of monthly) lapses I will be returning to the free service. There are other sites (ridewithgps etc) that are improving the features and Strava seems to be heading in the opposite direction. My money will be better spent elsewhere.

    What is the point of Strava asking for opinions on any changes that are made but then blindly ignore them? It's a terrible way to treat your customers and if you carry on then I expect many others will cancel and others thinking of moving to premium will reconsider.

    Not good enough.'

     

    Let's see what happens

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  • Call me silly, but the main point of a GPS unit is to tell you where you are at any given time. Therefore I would expect the title to reflect this. I don't go riding my bike in a place called 'Morning Ride' or 'Evening Ride', I ride my bike in places like 'Leamington Spa' and 'Brugge' etc etc.....

    Strava - DO YOU GET THIS??? YOU ARE IGNORING YOUR CUSTOMERS

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  • I've downgraded  my premium account from when the year is up. Heatmaps are good (but can be replaced with another web tool). Extended stats are good (but Stravistix provides an alternative). Training videos are good in winter. 

    If Strava were to start listening to its customers again, I may go back to Premium, but I cannot do much else to help them hear my thoughts on this.

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  • Well Strava, I have commented on this change previously (as have 100's of others). I also suspect there is a huge majority who also hate this change but haven't wasted their time commenting on this thread.

    Why do I say "wasted", quite simply because of your silence!!

    I have no voted with me feet and cancelled my Premium subscription... I will not return unless I see some evidence of you listening to your customers!!

    So long and thanks for all the fish....

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  • Dear Ms. Anderson/Strava,

    Was your post on August 18th a case of write once, read never? Even though you can't please all of the people all of the time, some acknowledgement of the frustration that's being expressed in all the replies would be nice! I think that product development has enough feedback to "think again".


    A configurable setting seems to be most people's favorite solution (to which I add my vote).

    Regards,
    -John

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  • Cancel premium membership and name all of your rides "Strava Bullshit Naming". Can be saved... copy/ paste. 

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