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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