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How about a new forum category- Hometown

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ErikVegas

How about a new forum category- Hometown

Hi all,  I have been contributing to the board for a while and I was wondering if it would be possible to have a section for local people to post  and talk about things localy.  It could be simple to organize Just have a heading called hometown with sub folders for each state.  People from that state could post questions specific to that area.  You know things like best places to buy flour, local events, meet and greets, bread exchanges etc.  Im sure there are a number of people on here from Nevada (where I am) and I would live to get to know them better and pick ther brains about baking in the high desert.

Thanks,

 

Erik

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PaddyL

We don't all live in the States; there are a lot of Canadians here, not to mention other countries around the world.  Should there be a folder for every region?

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midwest baker

Each country could figure out how to do their own. Canada is so large, it would have to have several, I would think.

The US wouldn't need each state represented, just regions.

It's an interesting idea and would be fun to know where people are from. That way, we could appreciate the unique perspective of each person.

By the way, I'm in Michigan and I don't think of Canadians as being foreigners, just neighbors!

Mary

 

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ErikVegas

Canada and any other country could have their own forum as well.  The purpose of this forum would be to have an easy way for people from a geographic area to identify one another to ask local questions.  Like for me I have been looking for a supplier of unbleached, unbromated, spring patent flour in Las Vegas, NV  for a year. A forum like this would be good for asking for local assistance as well as announcing sales, friendly bakeries etc...

 

Erik 

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yozzause

Hi Erik i notice that you dont have YOUR information in your own profile, i often check peoples profile for their location, as some problems and advice can be spcific. i have been lucky to find 2 west australians through TFL and had a very enjoyable evening baking with one of them, and like to meet others too. I enjoy the Global aspect of TFL,and have been able to share the common interest  of bread baking with other bakers even when we haven't shared a common language.

Regards Yozza from AUS   

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ErikVegas

I didnt even know there was a place to update all that untill I dug around a little....its all updated now though.

 

Erik

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LindyD

Eric, you can set up your own Nevada bakers forum on Yahoo and just insert a link to it in your TFL signature line so that folks from Nevada interested in such a regional forum could easily join and participate.

That way personal discussions about local issues and events, etc. would not take up space and bandwidth at the TFL site.

BTW, the Bread Bakers Guild of America has a very active forum at Yahoo, so the Yahoo setup would work very well for you, too.

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ErikVegas

But that would kind of go against the purpose of having one centralized location where people could go to get local information.  People are already coming here and looking at the forums so why send them someplace else to get information?  As far as space and bandwidth issues; additional forum categories take up very little space and bandwidth requirements would only increase if the new forum categories resulted in a dramatic increase in traffic to the site.  Simply having people who are already on the site look at another page will not increase bandwith requirements.  (I happen to be a former IT Infrastructure Engineer and Project Manager.)

 

Erik

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wwiiggggiinnss (not verified)

I think this is a great idea.

Craigslist's lists of major cities would be a perfect, albeit, large list of cities to use.

For the United States, for example:

SF Bay Area

Abilene

Akron / Canton

Albany

Albany, GA

Albuquerque

Altoona-Johnstown

Amarillo

Ames, IA

Anchorage / Mat-Su

Ann Arbor

Annapolis

Appleton-Oshkosh-FDL

Asheville

Ashtabula

Athens, GA

Athens, OH

Atlanta

Auburn

Augusta

Austin

Bakersfield

Baltimore

Baton Rouge

Battle Creek

Beaumont / Port Arthur

Bellingham

Bemidji

Bend

Billings

Binghamton

Birmingham, AL

Bismarck

Bloomington, IN

Bloomington-Normal

Boise

Boone

Boston - Includes Merrimack Valley, Metro West, North Shore, South Shore

Boulder

Bowling Green

Bozeman

Brainerd

Brownsville

Brunswick, GA

Buffalo

Butte

Cape Cod / Islands

Catskills

Cedar Rapids

Central NJ

Central Louisiana

Central Michigan

Champaign Urbana

Charleston, SC

Charleston, WV

Charlotte

Charlottesville

Chattanooga

Chautauqua

Chicago

Chico

Chillicothe

Cincinnati, OH

Clarksville, TN

Cleveland

Clovis / Portales

College Station

Colorado Springs

Columbia / Jeff City

Columbia, SC

Columbus

Columbus, GA

Cookeville

Corpus Christi

Corvallis/Albany

Cumberland Valley

Dallas / Fort Worth

Danville

Dayton / Springfield

Daytona Beach

Decatur, IL

Deep East Texas

Del Rio / Eagle Pass

Delaware

Denver

Des Moines

Detroit Metro

Dothan, AL

Dubuque

Duluth / Superior

East Idaho

East Oregon

Eastern CO

Eastern CT

Eastern NC

Eastern Kentucky

Eastern Panhandle

Eastern Shore

Eau Claire

El Paso

Elko

Elmira-Corning

Erie, PA

Eugene

Evansville

Fairbanks

Fargo / Moorhead

Farmington, NM

Fayetteville

Fayetteville, AR

Finger Lakes

Flagstaff / Sedona

Flint

Florence / Muscle Shoals

Florence, SC

Florida Keys

Fort Collins / North CO

Fort Dodge

Fort Smith, AR

Fort Wayne

Frederick

Fredericksburg

Fresno / Madera

Ft Myers / SW Florida

Gadsden-Anniston

Gainesville

Galveston

Glens Falls

Gold Country

Grand Forks

Grand Island

Grand Rapids

Great Falls

Green Bay

Greensboro

Greenville / Upstate

Gulfport / Biloxi

Hampton Roads

Hanford-Corcoran

Harrisburg

Harrisonburg

Hartford

Hattiesburg

Hawaii

Heartland Florida

Helena

Hickory / Lenoir

High Rockies

Hilton Head

Holland

Houma

Houston

Hudson Valley

Humboldt County

Huntington-Ashland

Huntsville / Decatur

Imperial County

Indianapolis

Inland Empire - Riverside And San Bernardino Counties

Iowa City

Ithaca

Jackson, MI

Jackson, MS

Jackson, TN

Jacksonville

Jacksonville, NC

Janesville

Jersey Shore

Jonesboro

Joplin

Kalamazoo

Kalispell

Kansas City, MO

Kenai Peninsula

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland

Kenosha-Racine

Killeen / Temple / Ft Hood

Kirksville

Klamath Falls

Knoxville

Kokomo

La Crosse

La Salle Co

Lafayette

Lafayette / West Lafayette

Lake Charles

Lake Of The Ozarks

Lakeland

Lancaster, PA

Lansing

Laredo

Las Cruces

Las Vegas

Lawrence

Lawton

Lehigh Valley

Lewiston / Clarkston

Lexington, KY

Lima / Findlay

Lincoln

Little Rock

Logan

Long Island

Los Angeles

Louisville

Lubbock

Lynchburg

Macon / Warner Robins

Madison

Maine

Manhattan, KS

Mankato

Mansfield

Mason City

Mattoon-Charleston

Mcallen / Edinburg

Meadville

Medford-Ashland

Memphis, TN

Mendocino County

Merced

Meridian

Milwaukee

Minneapolis / St Paul

Missoula

Mobile

Modesto

Mohave County

Monroe

Monroe, LA

Montana (Old)

Monterey Bay

Montgomery

Morgantown

Moses Lake

Muncie / Anderson

Muskegon

Myrtle Beach

Nashville

New Hampshire

New Haven

New Orleans

New River Valley - Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Etc

New York City

North Central FL

North Dakota

North Jersey

North Mississippi

North Platte

Northeast SD

Northern WI

Northern Michigan

Northern Panhandle

Northwest CT

Northwest GA

Northwest KS

Northwest OK

Ocala

Odessa / Midland

Ogden-Clearfield

Okaloosa / Walton

Oklahoma City

Olympic Peninsula

Omaha / Council Bluffs

Oneonta

Orange County

Oregon Coast

Orlando

Outer Banks

Owensboro

Palm Springs, CA

Panama City, FL

Parkersburg-Marietta

Pensacola

Peoria

Philadelphia

Phoenix

Pierre / Central SD

Pittsburgh

Plattsburgh-Adirondacks

Poconos

Port Huron

Portland, OR

Potsdam-Canton-Massena

Prescott

Provo / Orem

Pueblo

Pullman / Moscow

Quad Cities, IA/IL

Raleigh / Durham / CH

Rapid City / West SD

Reading

Redding

Reno / Tahoe

Rhode Island

Richmond

Richmond, IN

Roanoke

Rochester, MN

Rochester, NY

Rockford

Roseburg

Roswell / Carlsbad

Sacramento

Saginaw-Midland-Baycity

Salem, OR

Salina

Salt Lake City

San Angelo

San Antonio

San Diego

San Luis Obispo

San Marcos

Sandusky

Santa Barbara

Santa Fe / Taos

Santa Maria

Sarasota-Bradenton

Savannah / Hinesville

Scottsbluff / Panhandle

Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Seattle-Tacoma

Sheboygan, WI

Show Low

Shreveport

Sierra Vista

Sioux City, IA

Sioux Falls / SE SD

Siskiyou County

Skagit / Island / SJI

South Bend / Michiana

South Coast - Southern Bristol And Plymouth Counties

South Dakota

South Florida - Includes Separate Sections For Miami/Dade, Broward, And Palm Beach Counties

South Jersey

Southeast IA

Southeast KS

Southeast Alaska

Southeast Missouri

Southern WV

Southern Illinois

Southern Maryland

Southwest KS

Southwest MN

Southwest MS

Southwest TX

Southwest VA

Southwest Michigan

Space Coast

Spokane / Coeur D'alene

Springfield, IL

Springfield, MO

St Augustine

St Cloud

St George

St Joseph

St Louis, MO

State College

Statesboro

Stillwater

Stockton

Susanville

Syracuse

Tallahassee

Tampa Bay Area

Terre Haute

Texarkana

Texoma

The Thumb

Toledo

Topeka

Treasure Coast

Tri-Cities, TN

Tucson

Tulsa

Tuscaloosa

Tuscarawas Co

Twin Falls

Twin Tiers NY/PA

Tyler / East TX

Upper Peninsula

Utica-Rome-Oneida

Valdosta

Ventura County

Vermont

Victoria, TX

Visalia-Tulare

Waco

Washington, DC

Waterloo / Cedar Falls

Watertown

Wausau

Wenatchee

West Virginia (Old)

Western IL

Western KY

Western Maryland

Western Massachusetts

Western Slope

Wichita

Wichita Falls

Williamsport

Wilmington, NC

Winchester

Winston-Salem

Worcester / Central MA

Wyoming

Yakima

York, PA

Youngstown

Yuba-Sutter

Yuma

Zanesville / Cambridge

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Daisy_A

This is an interesting idea but aren't the main issues and questions that Erik raises dealt with already on TFL on a need to know basis?

For instance, there have been several posts about sourcing flours from particular local areas and all have received responses.

See for example looking for rye flour in Maryland , flour distributors in Philidelphia and mills local to Oxfordshire, UK .

Also as Yozza notes, local meets can be organized very succesfully via the site as it is.

wwiiggggiinnss' list is helpful but very long already and this does not even take in the 'rest of the world' yet! Floyd and Dorota have talked already about the need to slim down the site. Do all these new forums really need to be created in order to address the local issues raised here?

Kind regards, Daisy_A

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copyu

a big 'thank you'...

This time, it's for 'gazumping' me with your post. You said what I wanted to say, but much more nicely than I could have phrased it

Best,

copyu

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Daisy_A

Hi copyu and thanks.

I'm sure your post would have been great, though!

With best wishes, Daisy_A