Hi, love this initiative.
You write that this forum is for those with medical expertise at this testing time, or for those with appropriate technical expertise who are capable to dive in and help the former. I have a bit of relevant technical skill but not to the point that I’m in your league. I am however tweaking together a Discourse instance to help my local community offer and find help from each other. It’s coming together at cooperating-in-chiswick.uk and I’d love to get it out there this weekend.
My community has 35,000 people, and it’s likely that offers and requests for help will be very local — same street, or a few streets over. I’m also very aware of privacy and personal security, so don’t want users to impart their address or anything. Rather, on signing up, the member could select from one of our five postcodes — W4-1, W4-2, W4-3, W4-4, and W4-5 — and that might help group people together a bit. Or perhaps the member could select a handful of their nearest streets from a drop down?
Then I need it to be obvious to site members how they can filter for Discourse topics in their postcode area, or related to posts from others who have identified one or more of the same streets.
The set-up to now has been easy enough (well, getting email to work was more challenging than I thought!) … and this might be too technical. And I can’t find any detailed documentation of the custom wizard plugin, which I suspect will be in the mix, so thought I’d drop in here and see if the pros had any ideas on how to achieve the above “easily”.
If this is successful, I’d love to learn how to use Google cloud to package this up for other areas to deploy “easily”.