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    Wondered about having a localized section, whether it be like "Northeast USA" or specific states ("MA","NY", etc.).

    The idea/purpose behind this is so people can try and find other users in their local area, discuss LUGs, install-fests, etc.

    Some people may prefer a face-to-face assistance (at both party's agreement) instaed of the forums.

    A side benefit can also be if somebody is going on a trip (business, personal, etc.) and wants to find somebody from the area (meet, questions, good restaurant, etc.) it could help narrow it down instead of "Anybody from NYC" in the general forums.

    Just an idea.

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    69_rs_ss NNTP User

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    dragonbite wrote:
    > Wondered about having a localized section, whether it be like "Northeast
    > USA" or specific states ("MA","NY", etc.).
    >
    > The idea/purpose behind this is so people can try and find other users
    > in their local area, discuss LUGs, install-fests, etc.
    >
    > Some people may prefer a face-to-face assistance (at both party's
    > agreement) instaed of the forums.
    >
    > A side benefit can also be if somebody is going on a trip (business,
    > personal, etc.) and wants to find somebody from the area (meet,
    > questions, good restaurant, etc.) it could help narrow it down instead
    > of "Anybody from NYC" in the general forums.
    >
    > Just an idea.
    >
    >

    We as staff can take that into consideration but just keep in mind that
    this is an international board so if we broke things down to state for
    the US then we would need to break it down to providences in Canada and
    by country in Europe, South America, etc.

    Another way of helping at least for now is by using tags. Say there is a
    thread about a LUG in NYC you could add the tags LUG and NYC to it for
    easier searching ability via the web.

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    Rikishi 42 NNTP User

    Default Re: Loco Forum

    On 2008-07-16, 69_rs_ss <69_rs_ss@forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
    > dragonbite wrote:


    >> Wondered about having a localized section, whether it be like "Northeast
    >> USA" or specific states ("MA","NY", etc.).
    >>
    >> The idea/purpose behind this is so people can try and find other users
    >> in their local area, discuss LUGs, install-fests, etc.
    >>
    >> Some people may prefer a face-to-face assistance (at both party's
    >> agreement) instaed of the forums.
    >>
    >> A side benefit can also be if somebody is going on a trip (business,
    >> personal, etc.) and wants to find somebody from the area (meet,
    >> questions, good restaurant, etc.) it could help narrow it down instead
    >> of "Anybody from NYC" in the general forums.


    > We as staff can take that into consideration but just keep in mind that
    > this is an international board so if we broke things down to state for
    > the US then we would need to break it down to providences in Canada and
    > by country in Europe, South America, etc.


    I'm sure that just came out wrong, and wasn't meant wrong. (see, I'm PC :-)

    Countries in Europe and South America are not equivalent to states in the US,
    nor provinces in Canada. They are equivalent to the USA or Canada.
    Just in case someone wonders what I'm talking about:
    Continent: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continents
    Country: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries

    So, the USA form a country. One of 3 on the continent of North America.
    (Canada, US, Mexico)

    There are small ones: (my own) Belgium (Europe), Finland (Europe), Japan
    (Asia), Venezuela (South America), Senegal (Africa), Nepal (Asia), New
    Zealand (Australia).

    There are large ones:
    China (Asia), Russian federation (across Europe and Asia), Australia
    (Australia), Brazil (South America).

    But they're all countries.


    Most of these countries do have regions that subdivise them. Of course, if a
    coutry is very small, there's little point to distinguish them. But then
    again, making a difference by US 'state' wouldn't allways be meaningfull.

    You might have US specifics (keyboards, electrical tension and frequency,
    federal regulations on encryption and (c) protection and so on. Those are
    mostly common over the 'states' and it would reduce exchanges if split up in
    many groups.


    > Another way of helping at least for now is by using tags. Say there is a
    > thread about a LUG in NYC you could add the tags LUG and NYC to it for
    > easier searching ability via the web.


    I would encourage that solution, as it would not only avoid too many groups
    with to little life in them. It would also allow for crossover ideas between
    continents, countries and regions.

    --
    The sand remembers once there was beach and sunshine
    but chip is warm too
    -- haiku from Effector Online, Volume 1, Number 6

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