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A Right Pain (New Bump Lists)
Posted on 02/05/2002 9:51:21 AM PST by toenail
It's a right pain to notify FReepers in another state of an article or event that may interest them. The state-based "My Locale" is great for communicating with others in your state. But to notify someone not in your state, you have to switch your locale, post, then switch your locale back. Or, you could find someone from that state and ask them to post it to their "My Locale."
So, I added the 50 states + DC to the FR Bump List Register ( http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list). So, if you see an article that would be of particular interest to a certain state, just bump the state. For instance, if you post an article concerning an upcoming event and potential FReep in Vermont, just post a reply to *Vermont. This thread is a good example of what this might alleviate.
The state bump lists are formatted as: asterisk, full name of the state, with spaces replaced by underscores. And *Washington_DC.
Unless it's going to cause some horrific database problems, this should make it a little easier to keep up on issues concerning your state.
TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: florida; frlibrarians; masslist; missouri; texas
posted on 02/05/2002 9:51:21 AM PST
Thank you for implementing such an awesome idea! I believe it should get quite a bit of use.
posted on 02/05/2002 9:58:06 AM PST
By the way, this was posted under "Normal" and not "Breaking News."
posted on 02/05/2002 9:58:17 AM PST
Kewl. . .
To: toenail; *Texas
So let me make sure I understand this right. I've just "pinged" every FReeper that flies the Texas flag??
. . .uh-oh! I'm in trouble now. . .
No, but someone can just click on the *Texas bump-list
and see this article in the index. Or should, anyway. It doesn't appear yet.
posted on 02/05/2002 10:09:12 AM PST
"So let me make sure I understand this right. I've just "pinged" every FReeper that flies the Texas flag??
"Don't mess with Texas!" 8^)
Unless I have met you in person or I regulary respond to you in threads, please refrain from bumping me.
posted on 02/05/2002 10:21:34 AM PST
I didn't bump you.
posted on 02/05/2002 10:22:50 AM PST
To: toenail; JWinNC; mykdsmom
We North Carolina FReepers will certainly use it.
Thats a great idea toenail, thanks!
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"Massachusetts always does things differently. We've had a running Mass_List for a few months now, so it would be nice if people used that when indexing Massachusetts-related items."
Didn't see it. It saves a lot of time remembering how to spell it.
posted on 02/05/2002 10:31:10 AM PST
P.S. This should come in handy come election time.
posted on 02/05/2002 10:41:46 AM PST
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To: seamole; toenail
I have had a running North Carolina list under the name *Old_North_State
for some time now.
I think *North_Carolina will be a lot easier for most to remember.
posted on 02/05/2002 10:48:50 AM PST
Great idea, should be under Breaking News!
posted on 02/05/2002 10:49:46 AM PST
How to bump: in the To: box, put an additional asterisk in front of the actual bump-list name, like **Missouri or **New_Jersey.
So, for instance, if you see an article about Jean Carnahan's re-election campaign and figure that it's of extra relevance to Missourians (heaven help us), just post a reply to **Missouri.
posted on 02/05/2002 11:33:58 AM PST
The only problem I see is that some of the State bump list names are also freeper names.
FRiends, please, please, please do not spam bump South Dakota every time D'ashole angers you!
Having to answer for him really gets tiresome for us South Dakota FReepers! :o)
We know he's a maggot-infested-koolaid-sucking-McGovernite-commielib. We're trying to unseat him, okay?
It's not a ping list; it's a bump list. Unless you visit South Dakota's bump list
, you'll never be bothered.
Mass ping lists would last about 20 seconds here. I don't want to be pinged with something every time Dump Gephardt or Carnahan opens their mouths. But if I want a list of articles that people thought might be of interest to Missourians, I can just go to Missouri's list. Easy. If I see a thread that concerns South Dakota (Leroy Carhart threads, for instance), I can just bump it to **South_Dakota.
It's just a bump list -- not a ping list.
posted on 02/05/2002 12:11:52 PM PST
Please call the RNC and have Racicot tell Bush to go before the cameras and state his case about the stimulus package.
The number is (202) 863-8500
posted on 02/05/2002 1:37:33 PM PST
Regarding #25: gotcha. Thanks.
Huh? What's with the two stars?
posted on 02/05/2002 10:19:35 PM PST
Great idea, and thank you! Now if I can just retain enough wits to remember and use it!
posted on 02/06/2002 3:37:08 AM PST
Sorry toenail I was speaking in general.
posted on 02/06/2002 5:05:17 AM PST
piasa, thanks so much for the ping on this. :)
posted on 02/06/2002 8:37:34 AM PST
To: Constitution Day
"Don't mess with Texas!" 8^)
LOL! I overlooked your post yesterday. . .
A belated comment. Good Idea and good explanation!
Waiting to see how John Robinson contirues this great function under the new system!
Anyone heard what is in the plan?
I assume it removes conflicts with other curent user names.
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