While that might be a good idea for a few, the biggest problem would be implementation. For an idea such as that, you would have to have pretty much total compliance on members completing their profile. We cannot seem to get them all to do that now. Also, I think that this becomes a bit ornerous, having to have another individual box for the state in the headers or to open up first. Remember the Classifieds are a tertiary adjunct to the main fpurpose of the fourms.... which are the forums. It would also be just IMHO, but I think the site admin already has way too much to do to keep the forums working as well as they do. If the main objective of the site was the classifieds, then it might be a viable option, but I really think we are lucky to be able to have the 4 subforums in the classifieds that we have.
Some of the work has to reside with us, and it all cannot be point and click, with little input from users.
There is also another small problem with having the state first say in the title line. The maximum available characters would be affected if we had to take out a specific number to include the state. Also remember, the forums are also international in scope, and that also would have to be taken into account.. different countries.
Right now we have the best of all worlds with the forum and profile setup we have. The trick to make it all work is for each and EVERY member to update their profile and include their state. That way you know right away. Also here is another side benefit for the way it is. Whilst looking for stuff in your specific area, and I know the Pacific Northwest as well as much of the Pacific side of both the US and Canada is kinda light on Cubs and Cub accessories, it is a good idea to be able to know the prices of these articles country wide. It helps to keep it all in perspective and prices competitive.
That is just my opinion though.
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