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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  • If it's all in the name of consistency, why not make the mobile app follow the already great, and useful web app convention?

    Dislike the new style, it feels like you're dumbing down the technical aspect of data collection.

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  • Please change the default naming scheme back or provide an option to use it. An activity name with date is really useful!

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  • I canceled my premium membership over this today. I hope others will follow. This might be the most effective way to signal that we are not ok with the recent changes:

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  • This article is telling for why customer service from Strava may leave something to be desired.

    http://blog.strava.com/behind-the-scenes-with-elle-anderson-9121/

    Notable quotes:

    "I can fit my work around my training – not the other way around."
    "At heart, I’ll always be a Strava athlete first, and Strava employee second."

    So basically, at Strava, the customer is last.  Perhaps Strava should be hiring employees who listen to their customers.  Meanwhile, perhaps we can Tweet our concerns to https://twitter.com/ellebellerina, who made this post in the first place.  I have already sent her a direct Tweet, which she has ignored. If more of us do it, perhaps we'll get some attention.

    I'm a premium member, but with this kind of service, I'm not sure why.

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  • I don't think calling out or harassing Elle is the right answer, as she's obviously not the one making the call on this. Give Strava the benefit of the doubt and hopefully we'll get a response soon. 

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  • Looks like my previous comment didn't get posted. Strava, what a horrible idea to change the title. LOCATION is KEY to being able to quickly scan rides/runs done in various. And the Kudos notifications are now so generic, you have no idea what actually got kudos (besides some "afternoon run" you did sometime). PLEASE listen to your customers and change it back.

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  • Sam, she posted the article, so presumably she knows the people who made the decision.  FWIW I have another outstanding issue that has been open for ~9 months on Strava (https://goo.gl/zSnUrM), so I don't think that it's necessarily safe to assume that Strava support will get back to us, or is even necessarily reading these forums. I've upleveled both to Elle's twitter and Strava's twitter.  Let's see if we get any attention.  If not, I like the approach suggested below of suspending premium membership en masse. There's some evidence to suggest that customer complaints fall on deaf ears, at least in these forums.

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  • What a horrible change....my god please return to the other format, or give the possibility to select it. PLEASE.

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  • So is there any update from Strava staff?

    This is a terrible change BTW.

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  • Please change this back or let the users set that option
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  • I sent a direct request to Strava support. As a result of the response below, I've chosen to not renew my premium membership:

    Hello Derek,

    Sorry but unfortunately we don't have any plans to roll this back at this time. I'll be sure to share your thoughts on this with the team. Also, you may want to add this to our Community Forums. We use these forums to consolidate and collect feedback from our community so if there is enough interest, it may be something we put on the roadmap.

    https://strava.zendesk.com/forums/20154338-Strava-Feature-Suggestions

    • First search previous posts by keyword to make sure your idea does not already exist.
    • Want to add your support to an existing idea? Click the "Me Too" button on any feature suggestion topic.
    • If you would like to add a new topic, click "Suggest an Idea". 

    Cheers,
    Travis
    Strava Support Team

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  • Up-vote this if you want to see some chance of change.

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  • Huge bummer. I'm still keeping my Premium account, but Strava just got a little less cool for me. 

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  • Thanks for the explanation. My recommendation is to change the Strava App default activity name to the date/location naming convention. Here's my post:

    https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/95954008-Default-Activity-Name-Changed-Should-be-8-24-2015-Aspen-CO-rather-than-Morning-Ride-Who-Agrees-

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  • Can't stand the new naming please give the option to change it back to date and location. Think I'm going to follow and cancel premium too...
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  • Strava members should be allowed to select a default structure of the activity name.  Period.

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  • This is not a good change, at least the location name should be included in the default name.

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  • "We value your feedback regarding this change, so if you have any comments or questions please let us know. If you have a favorite style or convention when naming your own activities, we'd love to hear it!"

    and than this:

    "Sorry but unfortunately we don't have any plans to roll this back at this time."

    Are you kidding? Are you really interested in our opinion at all?

    STOP THIS!

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  • I preferred the "old" convention - it had meaning - so I didn't have to type something in. This "new" generic is just, well, generic - has no meaning whatsoever. A backwards step. Pants. Rubbish.

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  • I don't like it, please change it back! The date isn't so bad, but starting location of the ride is always interesting to see where peole are riding, especially ones that travel a bit.
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  • Very poor reasoning behind this change, and I much prefer the old convention.  Having the name automatically give the location of the activity makes it much easier to find old activities and should be the default for both web and mobile.  No chance of getting me to pay for premium when I have to manually rename every activity.

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  • Change it back... The NEW format is garbage and that's where it should go.
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  • You should made optional choice for the name of activity , which style you've preferred to showning on your dashboard.

    Thanks.

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  • Dislike it, please revert to old, or give option to have a default activity title format!

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  • Change it back.  I understand the desire for consistency so make a change to how the app does it rather than the other way around.

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  • This is actually quite an annoying change, especially since all my bike rides are now labelled "Morning Run" or "Afternoon Run" and I have to change them all manually. This is actually almost a show-stopper for me.Why not just give users the option of the old or new naming convention?

     

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  • It seems that in a lot of cases the App is the "Golden Child" when it comes to features (activity naming, uploading photos etc) with the Web a poor cousin. I guess there are a lot more people running the app than there are using Garmin's etc. I only use the app to check others rides during the day or maybe add a comment if I'm mobile, but i MUCH prefer using the Web interface.
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  • This is very ordinary, I much prefer the previous naming convention, the new one is stupidly generic. Why not just provide an option for people to choose.

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  • Let's get as many votes as possible, at the suggestion of Strava, who supposedly considers our votes. Click "me too" or "I agree":

     

    https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/95954008-Default-Activity-Name-Changed-Should-be-8-24-2015-Aspen-CO-rather-than-Morning-Ride-Who-Agrees-

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