View Full Version : Six Degrees of Ron Paul

J Free
10-29-2007, 04:02 PM
I have a blog-based website up already - http://ronpaulcolorado.org - and an idea for leveraging some of the core attributes of RP supporters - our eagerness to tell people why we support Ron Paul (or why others support Ron Paul) and our online presence.

The idea is an online way that we can track our online communications and visually see how our efforts snowball through 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc degrees of contacts. To link the idea of six degrees of separation and the RP grassroots. For example, where I could send an "I supported the war in Iraq but I support Ron Paul" testimonial to my friends. Where they could either send them on or pick from a different group of reasons as to why they support Ron Paul. People would be able to check back periodically to see how their own efforts snowball. And people could opt to be known to other very local RP supporters (who might not be a part of meetup or their own network of friends).

In sum, this is a way that we can see how we individually really can and do make a difference, motivate us to do more, expand our meetup groups, hook up with local RP supporters we don't know if we don't do meetups, etc.

There is an open source software that tracks this and it seems to have worked for a couple of charity/activist drives. But I am out of my depth when it comes to technical stuff. Either in installing it or in doing what might be pretty significant customization. And I'm sure there are issues I haven't even thought of.

Both the software and my site are mySQL, PHP, Linux, Apache. In truth, this project might be too big/late but there's no way of really knowing unless I can get some feedback from folks who understand some of the details.

I would really really appreciate if people who are interested and/or who have the above skills could contact me via pm or via email at yibberat at yahoo dot com. I can then explain the idea a little more and show you some of the examples.

J Free
10-29-2007, 07:19 PM
Here is a working example that was used:


J Free
11-02-2007, 08:52 PM
I really am hoping someone with php/mySQL knowledge will help. I would like to install some open source software on my site:

Ultimately, I'm looking at doing something similar to:
using the idea of endorsements.

But I really need to play with the original baseline software in order to spec things out more and figure out exactly what I will need to have customized a bit more. Can someone help me install this?

Indy Vidual
11-12-2007, 02:54 AM
Did you get help with this?
Is it the same as here? (http://www.freeslacker.net/ft/campaigns/NewGOP/)

J Free
11-13-2007, 06:30 PM
That is the beta version of what I'm doing. I've been trying to install it on my hosting server (domain - goprising.com, host - godaddy.com) - along with drupal for the rest of the site - but am running into support hell.

I'm wondering whether godaddy is really the right Linux host for this. I'll pm you.

11-16-2007, 09:25 PM
I know/use MySQL/PHP/Drupal. Give me a holler if you need help. :)

11-16-2007, 10:08 PM
Thanks a lot...now I'm wondering what is RP's Bacon Number. :P