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Location, location, location

Jack
Jack Member Posts: 1,045
We do not talk Price here at HH, thankfully, but we do NEED location from posters, and so many do not include it. Minot or Miami, It does make a difference. Is there a way, a Sticky, or something to get posters to include their general location so the question doesn't have to be asked every time? Thanks!
kcopp

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,269
    You can put it in your signature, as I do. Click on your user ID at the upper right of this page, then Edit Profile, then Signature Settings.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,672
    I think Jack meant when a new person signs up to the forum, make location a mandatory field (of course they could just type anything in the field).
    steve
  • SWEI
    SWEI Member Posts: 7,356
    Maybe a Zip code field would work (at least for US locations.)
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 16,145
    I like the ideal also, even a basic area like NE, Intermountain, etc. You see that on E-bay a lot.

    Some may be reluctant to narrow down to much for fear of sales and spammers?
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
    SWEI
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,269
    I don't think it should be mandatory to display one's location. Those of us who are heating professionals obviously have a reason to, but I have no problem with people who choose to keep their location private.

    Since we already have a mechanism for displaying this info- the signature field- no software changes are needed.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • Jack
    Jack Member Posts: 1,045
    Mandatory doesn't get it at all. That said, how many times have you read a post from someone and they get 15 responses all asking where they are from? The current one on the $800/mo LP bill is a good example. It just makes it easier to answer a question if you know if a guy is from W PA, the Northeast Kingdom or down SWEI's way. Ask the right question, get the right answer...usually;)
  • Newcomers may want to hide their real names and locations. I've never had a problem with disclosing my name and location, although California is a big state. But I believe it's valuable to know at least where someone is located just to get an idea of what kind of winters they go through. So many threads are wasted just trying to find out where the heck these people come from just so you can give them a decent answer.

    Just my 2₵.
    Often wrong, never in doubt.
  • SWEI
    SWEI Member Posts: 7,356
    Optional of course. Put the right words on the signup form and it will work.
    BobC
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,514
    Jack said:

    Mandatory doesn't get it at all. That said, how many times have you read a post from someone and they get 15 responses all asking where they are from? The current one on the $800/mo LP bill is a good example. It just makes it easier to answer a question if you know if a guy is from W PA, the Northeast Kingdom or down SWEI's way. Ask the right question, get the right answer...usually;)


    Yeah I see that thread was a hit, and run. Love those too. Probably trying to back peddle out of the sale.....