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commented on Adding Flickr, Picasa Photo Galleries on NationBuilder 2013-05-10 07:02:11 -0700 · Flag
Marie, Bernard, Nina – if you remove the “/show/” from your Flickr slideshow URL, it will work. Third-party link structures and their interactions with Embed.ly change from time to time, so we appreciate your comments!

followed How do I use custom fields? 2014-06-09 19:28:09 -0700

How do I use custom fields?

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Custom fields are included in the Enterprise edition, which also includes subnations. We added custom fields to support the expanding needs of leaders and complex organizations using NationBuilder to build communities. If your nation requires custom fields, contact your organizer. Our NationBuilder Architect design partners can also help with implementing custom fields.

You can create custom people fields and custom donation fields.

Tags, surveys and custom fields

Custom fields are meant to support collection of key data when you have a large number of variables that each could be true for a large number of the people in your database. For example:

  • A Girl Scout nation wants to track the council and troop of each supporter;
  • A large union wants to collect information on the work sites of its members and which local they affiliate with;
  • An alumni association wants to know which year its supporters graduated, and with what major;
  • A PTA wants to know which classrooms and teachers are associated with which parent volunteers.

If you have information that's likely going to be different for each person who submits a form, surveys with open text answers are a better option than custom fields. And if you have a smaller number of discrete attributes or actions to track, we recommend our flexible tagging feature for keeping track of people in your nations.

Additional information

How to create custom people fields

How to create custom donation fields

How do I turn off email notifications for members of my nations?

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Email notifications in NationBuilder alert members of the nation when someone who they are following takes a public action, like RSVPing for an event or commenting on a page. To opt someone out of email notifications from the control panel, go to their profile and uncheck the boxes under "Notifications."

commented on Is there a letter to the editor function here? 2013-05-02 12:15:17 -0700 · Flag
Adelaide, thanks for your comment – I’ve updated the official response and we’ll keep you posted on developments in this area.

commented on Temporarily skip complicated duplicates while de-duping lots of records? 2013-04-27 20:42:06 -0700 · Flag
Jim, we’ve added this feature – thanks for helping highlight its importance! I’ve updated our documentation here: http://nationbuilder.com/how_do_i_merge_duplicate_profiles

commented on Unsubscribe List 2013-04-26 07:58:25 -0700 · Flag
Hi, Sherri! We answered your question yesterday on our daily NationBuilder Live webcast (M-Th at 2 p.m. ET at nationbuilder.com/live). I also explain in the video above how someone could become a member and still be opted out of email.

tagged Stacia Cosner's Why does my name and/or Twitter profile appear on a website and in search results? with Helpful 2014-01-16 13:11:04 -0800

Why does my name and/or Twitter profile appear on a website and in search results?

I found my name and Twitter bio on a page on someone's NationBuilder website. Why did this happen and how can I remove it?

Official response from

NationBuilder websites can create public profiles for your supporters and people who've opted-in to hear from you, either via email or by following you on Twitter. You can learn more about NationBuilder public profiles here: "What are public profiles?"

Public profiles can be turned off and on at the website and individual level by an administrator of the nation, and you can disable your own profile by logging into the NationBuilder site with Twitter, clicking on "account settings" in the footer of the website, and checking the box requesting your public profile not be displayed. Public profiles are turned off by default.

NationBuilder is not a social network, so personal settings you adjust and your opt-in status will be different across nations you support, interact with on Facebook, or follow on Twitter. For example, my profile is different in my own nation, the NationBuilder nation, and third-party nations I support, such as The Bully Project.

How to adjust settings for public profiles

Sitewide public profile settings are found in an administrator's control panel under Websites > Site settings, and look like this:


A nation administrator can turn off public profiles on an individual level by editing the record of that person (if they are a Twitter follower, NationBuilder creates a basic record consisting of public Twitter info), clicking on "Public profile" and checking "Don't publish profile on website."


Why public profiles? These feature-rich pages enable user control of the way they are represented within a nation and automatically display public pages you've created. Nation supporters can create their own profile messages, page headlines and more. To edit your public profile page and contact information as a non-administrator, simply choose site settings in the footer of the page.

Here's my profile on The Bully Project nation, highlighting where I can toggle on and off public display of the page:


commented on How do I connect a NationBuilder event with a Facebook event? 2013-04-26 06:48:33 -0700 · Flag
Lora, that is correct. Pages are linked individually to broadcasters.

commented on Post events to Facebook as page, not individual 2013-04-26 07:11:35 -0700 · Flag
Lora, these are NationBuilder’s official support pages – I’m sorry to hear that you were given conflicting information :(

commented on How do you use non-blog post page types as sub-pages of a blog 2013-04-24 09:47:31 -0700 · Flag
Ethan, definitely this is what the support forum is for – we can’t always answer every question right away (and we depend on our community to pitch in as well) – but now you’ve helped us provide additional documentation that’s available to all. Thanks!

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