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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  • switching over to Garmin Connect. Gonna let my premium membership lapse. Obviously Strava is run by deaf engineers not athletes.

     

  • Half of the people I follow are now manually changing the titles to the old style. This should at least be configurable

  • Wow Strava, I had no idea this was such an issue .... apparently there are very many unhappy users! 

    I actually have only seen the Date/Location postings a handful of times on my device(s), never paying attention to what or why .... but I do want to voice my opinion as well and state that I DO LIKE THE DATE/LOCATION format better as well :-) 

    Out of the 360ish entries I have, only a few of them are date/location .... I've always thought that Morning/Lunch/Evening Ride/Run/whatever was Stupid :-(

    As a company, if you are going to bother to change something like this .... add the feature, don't take it away. Give the users the option of what they want.

  • Change it back to date and location!!!!!!!!

  • You can just imagine the quantity of 'Blue Sky Thinking' that went on in the meeting that came up with this service downgrade. 

  • +1 to reverting to the date-based activity names.

    I used to change the title to something slightly more interesting but left the date-stamp on there to distinguish similar rides/routes - Now I manually insert the date like it used to be.  

    If you have two different things and you desire "consistency", consolidate on the better of the two options!

  • Change it back to Date/Location format please, it was easier to find friend´s activities and in my opinion more useful than "Morning run-Evening run...", or at least we should have the option to change betwen both formats.

  • +1

  • Morning, evening etc. run titles are horrible! I travel a lot, as I suspect do many of your users. The place was sooooo much better!

  • I'm currently looking for a new activity tracker!!! The new frigging generic B/S naming convention sucks!!! I travel a LOT and like to see where my activities were!!! You really screwed this one up. I won't be paying any "upgrade" fees with the way you're not listening to your customer base. The morning/lunch/evening/night crap is ridiculous. Read your followers comments.

  • Just had an awful repsonse from Strava support on this (thanks we will pass this on). That's just not good enough. Please if you can also cancel your premium membership and stop buying products. Maybe that way we will get some response.

  • Reno - what device do you use for tracking? If you're using a phone, I'd highly recommend getting something dedicated like a Garmin Edge. You can then upload to Garmin Connect which, although it also has its issues, at least uses the location in its default naming convention! You can then get Strava to link to it so that your activities are automatically synced (you can sync to Endomondo as well). That way you can work more sensibly with named activities, but still use Strava for the one advantage it now has over other tracking sites; its database of segments.

  • But John, the point is that since this change you only get "Morning Ride", "Afternoon Ride", "Evening Ride" even when you use a Garmin Edge,

    A totally useless entry which means nothing and makes the whole Dashboard completely uninspiring.

    What is worse is Strava made the change, asked users for their opinion, and then dismiss the negative feedback they have received. Some users have stated they change all descriptions anyway so they don't see the issue, but if you change all entries anyway what does it matter what the default is.

    I have cancelled my premium subscription in response, stating the reason above, guess what ZERO RESPONSE FROM STRAVA!!

    They don't care about their users....

  • Stuart,

    Yes, I understand that, but the point I was trying to make was to use Garmin Connect as your primary site, only using Strava for historical segment stuff. As Garmin Connect has its own segment feature now, albeit it's way behind Strava's, if everyone went to Connect and started properly populating Connect with segments then Strava's [not quite]USP would disappear.

    Probably :-)

    The downside is that, as far as I know, Garmin (not surprisingly) don't do a tracking app for phones.

    John

  • John McCabe

    I use a Garmin 310XT, and have used the Edge 500 & 800. My reasons are appreciating knowing the precise areas I have activities in. Even if I'm in a large Metro Area usually within miles of that central coordinate there are other zip codes that will trigger a smaller area name. Such as St. Louis, surreounding activities were, Dardienne, St. Peters, Toonersville, Clayton, Cottleville, Maryland Heights...ETC..you get my point. Where I am now(Abroad for deployment to multiple locations in the Middle East) no names in Garmin, but Strava used to name them. Garmin really screwed this one up!!! also be posting this here, and saying "We're doing this, asking for your input, but saying they really don't care what we think by ignoring the overall response"... Poor show Strava, very poor show!!! I also though it was kind of crappy to take the direct upload to Strava out of the equation also!!!

  • Reno,

    Thanks for that clarification. I wasn't aware of that limitation with Garmin Connect as I mostly use it within a relatively small area.

    FWIW - I think the main issue here now (as Strava have made their position clear) is, as you mentioned, that Strava asked for a response from its users and has totally ignored it, even going as far as editing their original comment to remove the request for feedback. That really is very, very poor customer service.

    John

  • I prefer the date-location naming as when multiple activities are sync to Strava, I've to go back & forth to check which is which, it made more trouble then beneficial.

  • Stupid change!

    Please change it back although I've lost my faith in Strava. I have never before seen this kind of ignorance of the community by a website. It is truly spectacular to watch, stupid changes which set back the functionality of the site seems to be the number one priority for Strava nowadays 

  • Dear Strava. I've already said you're fantastic - but this "update" is a "degrade" - it's meaningless. If you perceive it as needed then please offer us an option in our user preferences to select a date / location as our default. Thanks.

  • Date and location makes so much more sense and makes rides easier to find/categorize. It also tells me more when looking through activity feeds. Seeing a list of "Morning Rides" is too vague and general. The app should have been changed to match the desktop experience, not the other way around. 

  • Idiotic Change Strava. You almost got me as a subscriber. But no. Nye Strava.

  • Folks, there is really no call to be so rude/abrasive about this relatively minor issue. Get some perspective and exhibit a little empathy; there are real people acting in good faith on the other end of this thread.

  • Eric Sorenson - I don't even think the whole issue any longer is with the naming convention. It's the fact that Strava asked for opinion, even after they blatantly said they don't care what we think, and then slapped us silly with the "idea" that they wanted our feedback. It's pure crap, along with several pages of what I see as highly regular users. There's a "tweet" link, and if you really wanted to go farther, I'd imagine that Ms. Elle Anderson has a FaceBook page. She's a pro/former pro cyclist and athlete, and she's putting her name to a thread where she's the scapegoat of a company that appears not to care. And I'm being nice when I say "appears". Yeah, changing the name back is the right action to take, but I doubt that anyone from corporate has even looked at this thread in the last several days to weeks. I wonder if they'd get the hint if everyone that this matter was important to cancelled their premium membership, and wrote in the narrative when they as "why"..."Because you don't listen to your customers when you ask their opinions...", and put the link to this forum thread in the remarks block too!!

  • Reno, my point is this problem is trivial in the scheme of things, and responses (your included; it sounds like you're advocating attacking/trolling Elle Anderson personally due to her job as strava support) are totally out of proportion with the actual severity of the issue.

    I'm not saying "do not +1, keep silent". I am saying remain civil.

  • Well, it seems a lot of people are still angry, or at least irritated at the lack of official response. For some reason I feel like sharing a balanced perspective again, even though I absolutely know it's flogging a dead horse.

    The new convention is very good in it's immediate context and for minimal activities.  That much is obvious.  If it is still 'today' then a single 'Morning Ride' is relevant, even if unchanged. However, as many have alluded to, once you go beyond a single day and/or even a single activity, this classification becomes meaningless and provides no helpful historical context whatsoever, to distinguish any activity from any other.

    Because of this, to maintain any sort of helpful information in a feed (about any given activity) a user MUST  rename every activity, because lacking even the date means there is no external reference point.  This is mostly reasonable in the mobile app, because in the process of completing an activity users are forced to engage with the activity type/name etc before saving and uploading, so in that instance it is not unreasonable to provide no really useful information (ie the date), as much as that would be handy for the app users.

    The chagrin I feel really stems from the degrading of the service for anyone using a device that allows them to sync automatically and/or with multiple activities, without having to live in the Strava website. Many of us simply don't have the time, inclination, or sometimes easy access to change lots of rides.  The best example I'll use is of Steve Abraham.  Steve is currently attempting to break the 'how far can you ride in a year' record (not the official title but who cares). His profile is here and shows some awesome k's https://www.strava.com/athletes/1419435 

    However, understandably, Steve has better things to do with his time and energy than to update all his rides, and add dates.  He probably has someone just plug his Garmin in and let the (very good) syncing take place. But look at his feed, there is NOTHING to distinguish anything.  At minimum dates should be reinstated.

    Anyway, I've got bits of dead horse flying all over me now, I think I should go get cleaned up.

     

  • Thanks Eric.

    Providing a channel for our members to talk to us is vital for our company and for building community around our app. This topic serves as a way for you to let us know what you think of some of the recent changes we've made. It's my role at Strava (along with my colleague Jeremy) to facilitate this dialogue and keep an 'ear to the ground' in order to understand the user perspectives regarding our product. We are listening. 

    We have entire teams at Strava dedicated to making decisions about developing our product, our features, and our brand. It is my hope is that you can continue to share your feedback with us while still respecting our decisions, regardless of how they might make you feel about your experience on Strava. Your feedback is incredibly important, valuable, and appreciated whether or not it results in further changes. 

    We look forward to hearing from you, and continuing this discussion. 

    -Elle

  • Fantastic bit of PR speak there. Here follows a translation into English

     

    Thanks Eric.

    Providing a channel for our members to talk to us is vital for our company and for building community around our app. This topic serves as a way for you to let us know what you think of some of the recent changes we've made. It's my role at Strava (along with my colleague Jeremy) to facilitate this dialogue and keep an 'ear to the ground' in order to understand the user perspectives regarding our product. We are listening. 

     

    We've given you, the paying users an opportunity to vent spleen about changes we have made, and by telling you we care about your opinion hope you don't work out we actually don't.

     

     

    We have entire teams at Strava dedicated to making decisions about developing our product, our features, and our brand. It is my hope is that you can continue to share your feedback with us while still respecting our decisions, regardless of how they might make you feel about your experience on Strava. Your feedback is incredibly important, valuable, and appreciated whether or not it results in further changes. 

     

    We have a room with no windows or connection to the outside world where we dream up new ways of annoying out users. Last time it was the change to the website layout. We did it for a bet! Also, whilst we like to let you have a whinge about changes, and string you along about how we are caring and listening we have no intention whatsoever of implementing a damn thing any of you suggest.

     

    We look forward to hearing from you, and continuing this discussion. 

     

    Please carry on.... nobody here even reads this, well I do occasionally, just for a laugh. And whilst your all talking about it on here, you're not posting on twitter of Facebook or even worse cycling publications who might put this on their news pages. 

     

  • Elle,

    Actions speak louder than words; if you're going to ask for feedback, do it BEFORE making a change or at least be prepared to revert the change when it's clear that your customer base isn't happy about it. If you can't revert it, for whatever reason, AFTER having asked for feedback and got an overwhelmingly negative response as has happened here, at least give an excuse for why you can't do it, not a "tough, we're not changing it" and removing the comment where you originally asked for feedback.

    I think it's pretty clear, from this thread and the one asking for measurement units to be separate options, that actually you don't really care about your customers opinions and I don't see how anyone who's reading this could possibly believe what you're saying.

  • @Jason B  YMMD :-D

  • @Matthew Butcher That's two of you then. Either that or I'm going to get an email asking if my tyres are for sale :) (The other will understand!)

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