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commented on Importing custom vote history 2013-05-21 21:26:52 -0700 · Flag
Jay, voter history fields headers are formatted as described in the last paragraph – for example, to import a 2012 presidential primary, you’d use the vh12pp mapping.
We’ll also look at how to update this documentation with screenshots and more information.

commented on CApture registration data to Note field 2013-05-15 14:27:53 -0700 · Flag
We’ve also introduced custom fields for Enterprise nations – http://nationbuilder.com/how_do_i_use_custom_fields

commented on Add custom field to signup form 2013-05-15 14:25:07 -0700 · Flag
Updated with documentation for the new custom fields feature.

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?

Official response from

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.

responded to What is NationBuilder's address? 2013-04-30 10:29:43 -0700

I need it to report an expenditure.

What is NationBuilder's address?

I need it to report an expenditure.

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