Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 26

Thread: Friend or Foe - New tool for finding pro-2A businesses

  1. #1
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    This was burried in another thread, but I just posted an update to the Friend or Foe tool, taking into consideration feedback recieved on various forums so I figured I'd give it some publicity.

    There's no log in required (the add form is hidden until some steps are performed so that should keep spammers at bay). Just follow the instructions on the main page and add business screen and either add businesses that are pro or anti gun.

    The tool will remember the location and radius to search (saved in a cookie on your machine, not the server) and will return to the saved area both when you revisit the site and after you add a business. It will also center the add business screen on the saved area, saving a bit of time there as well.

    It now also shows a circle highlighting the searched area, so you can see where the search parameters are looking.

    The layout has also been changed to allow for a larger map, and I'm going to continue to work on this area to get the most out of whatever window size is used eventually.

    Let me know if you have any issues with this version, and as always, feedback is welcome.

    http://friendorfoe.thesecond.us
    Find businesses that are pro gun...and those that aren't. Friend or Foe - Version 2 is online!

  2. #2
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
    Posts
    3,806

    Post imported post

    Bump!
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

  3. #3
    Accomplished Advocate user's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Piedmont of Virginia
    Posts
    2,373

    Post imported post

    Here's the publicly available information regarding ownership of that domain name; since some of y'all are in Richmond, perhaps you'd be in a better position to check up and let us know whether this is simply an information gathering tool for the owner, or what:

    Name: Christopher Walsh
    Address1: 101 N 14th St
    City: Richmond
    State/Province: Virginia
    Postal Code: 23219
    Phone Number: 8044021933
    Email: contact@devextreme.com
    Daniel L. Hawes - 540 347 2430 - HTTP://www.VirginiaLegalDefense.com

    By the way, nothing I say on this website as "user" should be taken as either advertising for attorney services or legal advice, merely personal opinion. Everyone having a question regarding the application of law to the facts of their situation should seek the advice of an attorney competent in the subject matter of the issues presented and licensed to practice in the relevant state.

  4. #4
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    Yep. That's me. My work addy and personal cell. Give me a call if you want to chat. Or, come out to a Richmond OC dinner and I'll likely be there.
    Find businesses that are pro gun...and those that aren't. Friend or Foe - Version 2 is online!

  5. #5
    Accomplished Advocate user's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Piedmont of Virginia
    Posts
    2,373

    Post imported post

    Good to know - thanks.

    What I was concerned about was the possibility that someone's collecting information about folks who are interested in firearms and either selling it or using it for "law enforcement" purposes based solely on that interest.

    I'll buy you lunch, next time I'm in Richmond, if you're available.
    Daniel L. Hawes - 540 347 2430 - HTTP://www.VirginiaLegalDefense.com

    By the way, nothing I say on this website as "user" should be taken as either advertising for attorney services or legal advice, merely personal opinion. Everyone having a question regarding the application of law to the facts of their situation should seek the advice of an attorney competent in the subject matter of the issues presented and licensed to practice in the relevant state.

  6. #6
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    I can understand the apprehension. I just have always liked the info in the "OC in [area]" threads and used it to know what places were OC friendly. I thought it might be nice to see a visualization of that data.

    I was actually hoping to get more negatives (most there now are positive reviews), so I'd know where not to spend my money....but if people use the site that will come in time.
    Find businesses that are pro gun...and those that aren't. Friend or Foe - Version 2 is online!

  7. #7
    Founder's Club Member Tess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    3,765

    Post imported post

    Ah! I thought your intention was to have only positives in this one.

    I had trouble, though. An auto-repair shop with which I do business doesn't appear, no matter how far in I zoom. There doesn't appear to be a way to type in a business name and address. Am I missing something?
    Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population. -Albert Einstein

  8. #8
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    If the business isn't in the google business database it won't show up in the search results. I can enter a business manually, just email or PM me the name, address, rating and review text and I'll add it.
    Find businesses that are pro gun...and those that aren't. Friend or Foe - Version 2 is online!

  9. #9
    Regular Member TFred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Most historic town in, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    7,705

    Post imported post

    Suggestion: Is there any way you can color-code your search results table on the right margin to indicate friendly or not friendly, as you do with the red/green markers? In a crowded field, it's not quick to spot with no indication in the table entry.

    Just a thought.

    TFred


  10. #10
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    That's on the TODO list. I'm going to either add the colored marker as a BG image, or do some other color coding to make it easy to spot them in the list.

    Thanks for the suggestion!
    Find businesses that are pro gun...and those that aren't. Friend or Foe - Version 2 is online!

  11. #11
    Regular Member TFred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Most historic town in, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    7,705

    Post imported post

    bnkrazy wrote:
    That's on the TODO list. I'm going to either add the colored marker as a BG image, or do some other color coding to make it easy to spot them in the list.

    Thanks for the suggestion!
    Cool... I totally understand the "TODO" list...

    TFred

  12. #12
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
    Posts
    6

    Post imported post

    Looks like it could be a nice project. Are you looking to expand nationwide, or stay with VA?

  13. #13
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    It will accept any business in the google database. I'm going to add a method to manually add a business in case it isn't in the google db as well.

    There are already a few entries for TX, CO, and MO I believe. Feel free to add anywhere you want.
    Find businesses that are pro gun...and those that aren't. Friend or Foe - Version 2 is online!

  14. #14
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
    Posts
    6

    Post imported post

    bnkrazy wrote:
    It will accept any business in the google database. I'm going to add a method to manually add a business in case it isn't in the google db as well.

    There are already a few entries for TX, CO, and MO I believe. Feel free to add anywhere you want.
    Sounds good. I just didn't want to invade on your turf with businesses on the frozen tundra

  15. #15
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
    Posts
    6

    Post imported post

    Added some from Minnesota. I will add more as I go along, and I also linked to your site on my Facebook page Hopefully my friends will add more businesses as well

  16. #16
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    Thanks for the entries, and for sharing the link!

    Another thought I've had (Ed's postcard in another thread reminded me) is allowing a separate section for authorized users to go in and flag a business as "officially gun unfriendly."

    Those businesses would show up with a different, easily distinguished marker so you could tell which ones are officially on "the list" and avoid accordingly.


    Find businesses that are pro gun...and those that aren't. Friend or Foe - Version 2 is online!

  17. #17
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    Just FYI, there's a bug I've noticed that occurs when double quotes are used. It breaks the javascript when displaying the markers.

    I'll fix it when I get a chance this week, just wanted to mention it in case you added a review and the markers didn't show up. They will show up once I fix the display code.
    Find businesses that are pro gun...and those that aren't. Friend or Foe - Version 2 is online!

  18. #18
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
    Posts
    6

    Post imported post

    bnkrazy wrote:
    Just FYI, there's a bug I've noticed that occurs when double quotes are used. It breaks the javascript when displaying the markers.

    I'll fix it when I get a chance this week, just wanted to mention it in case you added a review and the markers didn't show up. They will show up once I fix the display code.
    Ah that explains it I was wondering what happened, I thought there maybe was a lag from submission until it showed up

  19. #19
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    Nope, I've been changing the double to single quotes in the db until I can get around to fixing the code, so yours show up now.

    Thanks again!
    Find businesses that are pro gun...and those that aren't. Friend or Foe - Version 2 is online!

  20. #20
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Louisa County, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    821

    Post imported post

    Since this is your ToDo list and not mine, eventually it would be nice to categorize the businesses.

    You know, if I were looking for a gun-friendly restaurant, it would be nice to haverestaurants grouped together...eventually.

    For now, nice site! Great idea!!!

  21. #21
    Regular Member Bubba Ron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Virginia Beach, , USA
    Posts
    883

    Post imported post

    Nice!!! I added a few Southside Tidewater 2-A friendly places.

  22. #22
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    469

    Post imported post

    Good stuff. Added some places for Richmond.

  23. #23
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Nashville, Tennessee, United States
    Posts
    592

    Post imported post

    Might as well try to take this nationwide. I added a couple for the Nashville, TN area.



    The more people who know about this, the more info we can have, and the more we can all vote with our wallets across the US.

  24. #24
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    Awesome! Thanks for adding...we're up to 70 locations within 200mi of Richmond. Not bad.
    Find businesses that are pro gun...and those that aren't. Friend or Foe - Version 2 is online!

  25. #25
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    I updated the Friend or Foe tool last night. Changes include:

    Search Results list now shows the marker image on the side to make it easy to distinguish pro and anti gun businesses there.
    Search Results list scrolls to show selected marker when the marker is clicked on the map.
    Add Business form now shows the point value assigned to each rating level.
    Fixed bug when double quote was entered on business review.

    Please let me know if you have any trouble with the site, and thanks for all the ratings!
    Find businesses that are pro gun...and those that aren't. Friend or Foe - Version 2 is online!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •