Sunday, I successfully uploaded a Council MBC list to Scoutbook. Today, Tuesday, I modified that file to remove the no longer used fields and uploaded it again. It is now reporting 20 errors because the First or Last names on ScoutNet no longer match their name in ScoutBook. It seems the names actually do match, they are just CAPITALIZED differently. These counselors were not flagged as errors last week!
This is on top of the changes to the format of the Council MBC Upload file that were not, to my knowledge, announced before the update. So besides springing a new file format on us without little or no warning, (Yes I saw the RED Message on the upload page that said the format changed. But it didn’t tell (link to) where to find the new format,) the system is now checking the capitalization of first and last names??? Suddenly counselors that matched perfectly well last week are now reporting errors!
It appears that several of our Counselors originally created their local ScoutBook Accounts with different capitalization of their names than what is registered on ScoutNet. Some have created all capital first and last names. Other have used different capitalization within their names, like Von Schmacht -> von Schmacht, and Deluna -> DeLuna. This went undetected until the recent changes, when suddenly it blew up.
I don’t believe the new ScoutNet -> ScoutBook MBC link propogates the First Name and Last Name spellings from ScoutNet to ScoutBook. That is why I am suddenly getting these errors. (My source for Counselor’s names is ScoutBook Print Registrant Selections.). Or do I have to hunt down each counselor and ask them to specify their preferred name capitalization and if necessary, ask them to change their ScoutBook name to match that? Or I need to go back to ScoutNet and modify the capitalization of their names on that system to match their ScoutBook version. This is especially important for the few folks that entered their name in ScoutBook in ALL CAPS. I don’t believe we want to go back and put that into ScoutNet.
So, I am now going to have to either edit ScoutNet to match the capitalization of names in ScoutBook. Or request the users correctly punctuate their names on ScoutBook. And will ScoutBook even let the edit their names without creating some other snafu?
Anyone else having these kinds of problems?