Jim Gilliam

Maps now do clustering, auto-turfing and real-time filtering

It's almost election season, which is an exciting time for us at NationBuilder. Please enjoy these upgrades to map view and the turf cutter this Labor Day weekend!

  • Clustering. When there are too many points on the map to make sense of things, they now cluster together.
  • Auto-turfing. Those clusters? Turn on the turf cutter and they instantly become your default turfs. Want to start from a clean map? Just hit the clear button.
  • Real-time filtering. If you change your filter while cutting, your turfs will dynamically change their counts with no page reload.

Learn more in our map view and turf cutting HOWTO.


new recurring donation function on same page as donation page

deally we would like the option where it is a button on the first donate page -- like this one -- you see you can just click the button then do monthly/quarterly/yearly:

Official response from

We recommend you set up a second donation page just for monthly donations, with a specific ask about donating monthly. You can then cross link the pages. "If you would like to make a monthly donation, click here" and vice versa.


responded to How do I add images to my blog? 2014-09-02 19:36:13 -0700

How do I add images to my blog?

Hi i want to give the option to add dynamic images for each blog in the nationalbuilder panel. I have completed the designing part but i didnot find any option to add image for each blog please reply me ASAP. Thanks.

Official response from

Here's a link to details on how to add images to a page.


responded to NationBuilder App 2014-09-01 21:13:58 -0700

NationBuilder App

It would be great to have an app for Nationbuilder.  Specifically one that you could ID voters on. 

Official response from

There is a NationBuilder app created by another company called Organizer that you could use for doing voter ID.


commented on Will people on our email list see other people's email addresses? 2014-08-22 21:40:11 -0700 · Flag
You don’t need to use email blasting if you want to do that, just send regular email and put everyone in the to/cc fields. Assuming it’s small groups of 50 or less people, that should work fine.

responded to Are Liquid Drops available? 2014-08-21 17:52:36 -0700

 

Does NB yet provide this functionality? https://github.com/Shopify/liquid/wiki/Introduction-to-Drops

 

Drops let you provide the user with custom functionality. They are very much like a standard Ruby class, but have all unused and potentially dangerous methods removed. From the user's perspective a drop acts very much like a Hash, though methods are accessed with dot-notation as well as element selection. A drop method cannot be invoked with arguments. Drops are called just-in-time, thus allowing you to lazily load objects.

Are Liquid Drops available?

 

Does NB yet provide this functionality? https://github.com/Shopify/liquid/wiki/Introduction-to-Drops

 

Drops let you provide the user with custom functionality. They are very much like a standard Ruby class, but have all unused and potentially dangerous methods removed. From the user's perspective a drop acts very much like a Hash, though methods are accessed with dot-notation as well as element selection. A drop method cannot be invoked with arguments. Drops are called just-in-time, thus allowing you to lazily load objects.

Official response from

Liquid Drops are defined in the NationBuilder code, not by users. That's how all the liquid theme variables are generated that are available in the templates.


responded to Allowing whole site to use HTTPS with considering 2014-08-07 21:00:16 -0700

During my stint as the webmaster for EFF, there were many civic uprisings across the world that were organized with Twitter or Facebook.  Many dissidents were jailed because they were able to be easily monitored by repressive governments via unencrypted HTTP traffic. 

We started a campaign to get those and other sites with a massive user base to offer a version of their site using HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)

We were successful in getting Twitter, Facebook and many organizations to jump on the HSTS bandwagon (even Google!). We created a browser plugin, HTTPS-Everywhere which, when present in your browser, automatically grabs the HTTPS version of a site if it is available. 

Using HTTPS is safer than using HTTP. We trust HTTPS to encrypt all of our financial transactions, but use of HTTPS doesn't have to be limited to just those times you have your credit card in your hand.

I would like to be able to make my entire site HTTPS-secure, as well as all of the sites I create.  I think this feature may not have obvious value to most users who are safe and secure in a country like ours. However, not all of the world nor perhaps all of NationBuilder's users are protected by our First Amendment.

Allowing whole site to use HTTPS

During my stint as the webmaster for EFF, there were many civic uprisings across the world that were organized with Twitter or Facebook.  Many dissidents were jailed because they were able to be easily monitored by repressive governments via unencrypted HTTP traffic. 

We started a campaign to get those and other sites with a massive user base to offer a version of their site using HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)

We were successful in getting Twitter, Facebook and many organizations to jump on the HSTS bandwagon (even Google!). We created a browser plugin, HTTPS-Everywhere which, when present in your browser, automatically grabs the HTTPS version of a site if it is available. 

Using HTTPS is safer than using HTTP. We trust HTTPS to encrypt all of our financial transactions, but use of HTTPS doesn't have to be limited to just those times you have your credit card in your hand.

I would like to be able to make my entire site HTTPS-secure, as well as all of the sites I create.  I think this feature may not have obvious value to most users who are safe and secure in a country like ours. However, not all of the world nor perhaps all of NationBuilder's users are protected by our First Amendment.

Official response from considering

We've been looking into this for some time. It's quite involved, but thanks to a broader move throughout the industry (including Google's recent announcement), it looks like we will be able to do this. No timeline yet.


commented on How to set up memberships in your nation 2014-07-07 09:39:07 -0700 · Flag
David – Just set no expiration date on the membership.

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