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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.
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.
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."
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?
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: