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Daycare Center and Family Home Forum>Forum Member "General Location" Idea
Michael 03:54 PM 02-07-2013
Interesting that I always check IP locations of potential members, being that when I find a Pakistan or China IP I usually delete the account, I see that many members are close to each other. By close I mean within a 30 mile radius.

I wonder if it would be advantageous for members to post City/State location on their accounts. (Currently I only place state) I know some don't want this but for those that do I suggest you do so. I know some of you have tried to create a "meet up" with other members for breakfast or coffee and I think this would foster it.

What do you think? I will place a poll for fun.
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Sugar Magnolia 04:13 PM 02-07-2013
Hmmm. Undecided. Like the new picture Michael.
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Michael 04:50 PM 02-07-2013
Originally Posted by Sugar Magnolia:
Hmmm. Undecided. Like the new picture Michael.
Well thank you. I stopped drinking coffee and no more sugar. Just use honey in my tea. Not easy!
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Michael 05:12 PM 02-07-2013
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.
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Sugar Magnolia 05:13 PM 02-07-2013
Just wondering Michael, but don't we already have the option of listing our location? Do you mean you would automatically add the location when members sign up? I list my state, but was considering removing it, for privacy reasons.
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BumbleBee 05:14 PM 02-07-2013
Originally Posted by Michael:
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.
I like this idea!
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Sugar Magnolia 05:14 PM 02-07-2013
Originally Posted by Michael:
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.
OK, that sounds like it would be a good idea!
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EntropyControlSpecialist 05:19 PM 02-07-2013
Originally Posted by Michael:
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.
I like that!

I became friends with a provider off of here that lives less than 5 miles away, which is really amazing since we live in VERY small communities!
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youretooloud 05:52 PM 02-07-2013
Originally Posted by Sugar Magnolia:
Hmmm. Undecided. Like the new picture Michael.
I'm undecided as well. I chose "no", but I am not completely sure.

I'm curious though... How does our IP location tell you how close we are to one another?

I do believe I saw someone posting once that she was visiting family within a few miles of me once. She was in my old neighborhood in fact. But, I think she was only visiting.
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youretooloud 05:53 PM 02-07-2013
Originally Posted by Michael:
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.

That would be good. My state is unique for daycare because of laws and climate, and nobody else shares our particular issues.
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Michael 06:14 PM 02-07-2013
Originally Posted by Sugar Magnolia:
Just wondering Michael, but don't we already have the option of listing our location? Do you mean you would automatically add the location when members sign up? I list my state, but was considering removing it, for privacy reasons.
Yes, but now when someone signs up I do an IP lookup and place the state only. I think it gives members a sense of where they are in the country to each other.

Originally Posted by youretooloud:
I'm undecided as well. I chose "no", but I am not completely sure.

I'm curious though... How does our IP location tell you how close we are to one another?

I do believe I saw someone posting once that she was visiting family within a few miles of me once. She was in my old neighborhood in fact. But, I think she was only visiting.
The IP for me here shows that I an in LA which is really 20 miles from Moorpark. City IP would be mostly the "general area". I live in Moorpark and that city never comes up in an IP search for me.

Originally Posted by youretooloud:
That would be good. My state is unique for daycare because of laws and climate, and nobody else shares our particular issues.
Exactly the reason for the idea. There are general daycare related topics for all of us and also specific state/county topics for others. I think it empowers providers in an area who are likeminded.
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lovemykidstoo 06:17 PM 02-07-2013
I don't mind my state being listed but would prefer that my city is not.
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blandino 06:32 PM 02-07-2013
I like the idea. By browsing profiles Patches and I realized that we live only 4 miles apart !!
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countrymom 06:50 PM 02-07-2013
only the province not the town because i live in a tiny town so everyone will know its me. I am close to the michigan border.
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ljones77 08:00 PM 02-07-2013
Originally Posted by Michael:
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.

I like that
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Starburst 08:19 PM 02-07-2013
I definetely think that if you did do city and state to put an option of having it available only to Daycare.com members. I think the threads should also have an option when it is only availalbe to daycare.com members too because some times some of the providers have problems with particular families and are afraid that the parents may see their post and beable to identify them by their location and familiarities in the story.

Another thing you can do is do county and state
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Sugar Magnolia 08:52 PM 02-07-2013
Originally Posted by Starburst:
I definetely think that if you did do city and state to put an option of having it available only to Daycare.com members. I think the threads should also have an option when it is only availalbe to daycare.com members too because some times some of the providers have problems with particular families and are afraid that the parents may see their post and beable to identify them by their location and familiarities in the story.

Another thing you can do is do county and state
The "Off Topic" section is members only.
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MyAngels 09:40 PM 02-07-2013
I like the social group idea. While I don't necessarily mind members knowing where I am from, I don't like the idea of it being associated with every post I make.

I'm not sure how accurate the whole IP address location thing is - every time I look up mine it shows I'm in Naperville, which isn't really close to me.
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Sunshine74 11:30 PM 02-07-2013
Originally Posted by Michael:
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.
Originally Posted by Starburst:

Another thing you can do is do county and state
I like both these ideas. I wouldn't want city, but I think county is fine.
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hope 01:13 AM 02-08-2013
Originally Posted by Michael:
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.
That's a great idea!
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laundrymom 05:24 AM 02-08-2013
I prefer state only. But would rather just have country.
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canadiancare 05:29 AM 02-08-2013
I'm ok with putting my province but I'd rather not go any further than that.

EDIT to add that I know how to put my location on and have, up to this point chosen not to.
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WDW 07:44 AM 02-08-2013
Originally Posted by Michael:
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.
I like this idea also
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Country Kids 07:49 AM 02-08-2013
I have found people in my general state/area just by how they write sometimes about things going on in the state/area or how they word it.

I have just pm'd them and we end up talking that way.

I think even if its in a members only section there would still need to be some sort of big trust between the providers.
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butterfly 08:56 AM 02-08-2013
Originally Posted by Michael:
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.
I like this idea alot too, but would rather remain an anonymous poster due to lurking parents and my small community. Maybe state would be fine though.
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Heidi 09:42 AM 02-08-2013
Originally Posted by Michael:
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.

I like this idea because it gives us some anonymity from outside sources. When I go on the occasional rant, I don't necessarily want everyone from the outside to know it is me.
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Oneluckymom 10:12 AM 02-08-2013
I like the idea too. Tea drinker here too Michael....sometimes organic turbinado sugar (I know it's still sugar) or honey.
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Michael 12:03 PM 02-08-2013
Originally Posted by laundrymom:
I prefer state only. But would rather just have country.
Well we could go more general then that and put Planet Earth.
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nanglgrl 12:24 PM 02-08-2013
I think it would be great if only members could see that information, same with profile photos. I had all of those things listed at one time but realized that there are some things I might not want a parent to read because they could take it the wrong way.
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butterfly 12:26 PM 02-08-2013
Originally Posted by nanglgrl:
I think it would be great if only members could see that information, same with profile photos. I had all of those things listed at one time but realized that there are some things I might not want a parent to read because they could take it the wrong way.

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Michael 02:21 PM 02-08-2013
Originally Posted by nanglgrl:
I think it would be great if only members could see that information, same with profile photos. I had all of those things listed at one time but realized that there are some things I might not want a parent to read because they could take it the wrong way.
Non members can NOT see profiles or social groups/pictures. Log out and try it.
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Former Teacher 05:27 PM 02-08-2013
Originally Posted by nanglgrl:
I think it would be great if only members could see that information, same with profile photos. I had all of those things listed at one time but realized that there are some things I might not want a parent to read because they could take it the wrong way.
While I agree with you 100%...it doesn't stop a parent from signing up and put 2 and 2 together.
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Michael 05:47 PM 02-08-2013
Originally Posted by Former Teacher:
While I agree with you 100%...it doesn't stop a parent from signing up and put 2 and 2 together.
Non Members can NOT see profile information or pictures/social groups. But you are correct if someone wants to search you out they can.
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SunnyDay 06:44 PM 02-08-2013
Originally Posted by Michael:
Another idea on city/state is creating a State social group that is private and by invitation only. If I see someone is from New York, I can send them an invite to that state's social group where they can meet other providers from their state if they choose to accept the invite.

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