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    I'm horrible with the technical stuff, so my ideas are more organizational...

    1. Create an option in our user profiles that allows us to identify our state of residency.  

    2. When posting a diary - or maybe even a comment? - create a field of boxes to be standard in the "post a comment" screen.  Create boxes specific to each state (maybe create a box for the US as a whole, and then one for international regions) that the poster can click/select to identify what regions their post relates to.

    3. Then we could set up some sort of "preferences filter" for users so that based on just their state of residency any diaries whose writers identified that state (by checking on the box) would automatically show up in your hotlist, or on a new tab on your individual user page as some sort of alert.  

    There's more brainstorming to be done here....

    But I think this would be a great way to organize DKos campaigns where emails/phone calls/letters are really needed from constituents, so that they know which issues/campaigns/candidates need support in their region.

    Also, if a diarist wrote something good or bad about an important piece of legislation in Maine, they could select "Maine" from the boxes of affected states and anyone whose residency in their profile matched "Maine" could automatically have some sort of alert populate into their user page or on their hotlist....   something like that.  

    Just the benefit of being able to determine the residency of Kossacks so that we know where we're getting our support from - or states where we need MORE support - would be good.  We could get some statistics off that...  

    Thoughts???  

    Anybody who's been around DKos a while should really chime in here....

    I refuse to have to proclaim love for my country before I criticize it.

    by deep6 on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 03:08:27 PM PST

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