Pseudo-City designators for large metropolitan area directory searches
Short, concise description of the idea
A "pseudo-city" designator allows a directory search of many city locations with a single city "name" allowing a wider area to be searched with a single search through the directory.
Full description of the idea
Searching for other locals in a large metropolitan area can be a little tricky. For instance, you might live in Dallas, Texas proper. But there will be people in communities around you, for instance, Addison, Allen, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Coppell, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Forney, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prarie, Hebron, Highland Park, Hutchins, Irving, Lewisville, Lincoln Park, Mesquite, Murphy, Park, Plano, Prosper, Richardson, Rockwell, and so on. How many queries do you make to find people who might literally be "just around the corner?" There are 54 incorporated entities (cities) that make up the "Dallas" area.
Likewise, if you live in Fort Worth, Texas, do you search on "Fort Worth" or "Ft. Worth?" Here are some of the surrounding communities for Ft. Worth: Aledo, Annetta, Arlington, Bartonville, Bedford, Blue Mound, Colleyville, Corinth, Double Oak, Euless, Everman, Flower Mound, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Marshall Creek, Northlake, North Richland Hills, and so on. There are 69 incorporated entities (cities) that make up the "Ft. Worth" area.
If a "DFW" designator existed that could cause directory searches to take place for all these cities, it would make finding other folks local to the area a lot easier.
Likewise, consider "DAL" for all the Dallas communities, "FTW" for the Ft. Worth communities, and so forth.
I'd expect that other large metropolitan areas also have this type of problem as well
An ordered list of benefits
- Easier use of the directory for finding local LJ users;
- Directory more useful for those in large cities;
- Potentially fewer individual queries by location against the directory.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- Someone has to create the code to drive a "pseudo-city" search;
- Someone has to create the code/query to tie all the individual cities together into a "pseudo-city" group;
- Someone has to create and maintain the list of individual cities within a "pseudo-city" group;
- Possibility of longer running queries when a "pseudo-city" location is queried.
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
A FAQ page will be created outlining what the "pseudo-city" designators are, why they were created, how they are maintained and how they are used in searching the directories.
On the directory search page, a link will be created by the "City" entry area. Clicking on this link presents a page describing the "pseudo-city" concept and listing the "pseudo-city" designators available. Clicking on a "pseudo-city" designator presents a page with all the cities grouped under that designator.
Suggest that the airline city designators be used as the "pseudo-city" designators as they are used to gather communities back to a single airport. As noted above, AUS for Austin,DAL for Dallas, DFW for Dallas-Ft. Worth, FTW for Ft. Worth, and so on.
Technical details for implementation must be left to the technical experts.