Why the new screens?!#$%?

Why fix what ain’t broken? I’m not a big fan of change that I didn’t ask for either, so we wouldn’t do that to you unless we thought the gain would outweigh the pain.

When you look up a person (or church), you now need to click “Edit this Person” (or “Edit this Organization”) in order to make changes. Nobody likes extra clicks, so why? Two main reasons:

  • Pastors find eAdventist very hard to use because they have “read-only” accounts and browsers show “read-only” fields in gray.
  • Novice clerks accidentally change the names of people and churches, causing headaches for themselves and their conference clerks.

Once we created the separate “show” and “edit” screens to solve these problems, we discovered that the “show” screen was much easier to read and could hold new information and features — like live Google Maps. We actually hated using the old “edit” view when we weren’t actually editing and realized you probably would, too.

We want eAdventist to be as useful as possible for everybody who uses it, so all we ask is that you give yourself a week to get used to the new screens, then let us know if you still find them hindering you. We hope you’ll see them as “presents” rather than “coal”.