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I'm curious... I have noticed that it SEEMS that our OC sister-site is a bit more involved in political activism. Whenever something big comes up, it seems they know about it as well... and are chatting more about it... and I have seen stuff on their site which isn't being discussed here... I wonder if we couldn't help strengthen each other by "unifying" our efforts with regards to legal on-goings in the state???

When I was a kid (pre-internet) there were dial-up Bulletin Board Systems (BBS's)... some of you may have used them as well... back then (for those of you who don't know) if you wanted to visit an internet site (say, UCC.com) you had to know their phone # and tell your computer to hang up the phone and call that site. You could only visit that one site. When you wanted to go visit another site (say, opencarry.org), you had to hang up and call their phone #. A real hassle. But back then one of the kewl things that they did was that some common-related sites would "share" TOPICS with each other... at midnight every day the one site would call the other site and exchange all new threads and posts within a certain TOPIC. It was great b/c if I liked 1 site better than the other I could still read common topics from the other site without dialing that site.

I wonder if something like this can be done today??? It would be great if UCC.com and opencarry.org/utah could share a common "Political Issues In Utah" topic that people from either site could read and post to and it would be automatically reflected in the other site's thread... that way we could consolidate our efforts, condense our information, organize our efforts, and intensify our level of political activism.

So... does anyone know if something like this can be done??? I know there are several software engineers here so I'm wondering if any of them have seen something like this somewhere else???? I think it would be a very worthy endeavor.
 

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I think its a great idea. And when I was a kid I grew up in a small town and we really didn't know about the different sites. I knew there were modems and computers could network over a phone line but to the extent of them I didn't know squat lol.
 

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I also like the idea. I rarely go over to opencarry.com. They do have their hand on the pulse of the political scene though and any info that helps us here is great IMO.
 

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Huh... that might work (... Jeff... Thomas... ???...) -- we should, of course, invite them to reciprocate I would think...
 

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It's doable. Since every forum within a site is assigned a unique forum_id in the topics database, it's simple enough to isolate a comparison to just the political topics, assuming they've organized their forum well enough. The tricks are 1) cross-membership and 2) updating synched topics. When a new topic appears on this site, we'll naturally start posting our own comments to it, and they'll do the same to topics they get from us. Coordinating those changes would not be easy.

I would suggest instead having a third forum that maintains only those forum types that both groups have in common. Links to those would be easy to put on each forum's home page, and there would be no need to synch, since both groups are using exactly the same forum. Each domain admin could have a subdomain (law.utahconcealedcarry.com) that points to that site, for example.

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bane said:
When I was a kid (pre-internet) there were dial-up Bulletin Board Systems (BBS's)... some of you may have used them as well...
I am not sure whether you were here in the Salt Lake during those days however, I was one of the administrators on LCARS which was running PC Board. I also have a really good friend who was one of PC Boards senior software developers. In fact he wrote the PCBL (PC Board Language) that PC Board was written in. He even won as Dvorak award for it.
 

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GeneticsDave said:
The other option is to find a mod that works like an RSS feed ticker - we could just load up the Utah RSS feed and have it somewhere on the forum. Just an idea... here's the Utah feed: http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/index.php? ... orum_id=52
I think this is the right idea. I will look to see if I can write a cron script that will go out and grab the xml rss feed and insert new entries into the database. I will create a new RSS Reader user that will make all the posts. Might take me a few days to get done.

I also owe you that e-mail list I have not forgot. :type:
 

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Wow, this sounds like it might be up pretty quick! I'm so excited I could pee my pants!!! :fishing:

(well, if you look at sort of cross-eyed, it sorta fits!)
 

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Sounds like a good idea. When I was a kid there was no internet, and no PC's, bummer :lol2:
 
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