It is a topic that gets discussed, complained about, debated; being able to filter Auditions and Productions by the state they are based in. Today, this item was posted to our feedback service (yes, we do read that from time-to-time when it isn't being sorely abused by Spammers)...
Name : <ID HIDDEN>
Email address : <EMAIL ADDRESS>
Message : Is there any way to refine audition searches based on what state you=
're in? I tried by selecting different states in the 'what's on - auditions' t=
ab, but auditions for other, non-selected states still show up in the search r=
(That is how it appears to us apart for the bits I've hidden...) It is a valid question and one which is entirely up to the Author of the original event post. As is clearly demonstrated in the above feedback, the ability to filter out Audition, Workshop, Productions, and so forth is of importance to the average user. Therefore, it is very important that such postings are flagged in an appropriate manner, and who is it that flags the post? The person posting it of course.
When creating or editing an event, one of the top most options (a simple drop-down item) is a list of Locations including States and Select Suburbs within said states. This field is a key flag for the site's search engines. The item requires a drop-down default value which has been set up as Australia which at this point in time is not likely to be changed. If you do not change this setting, then your item will appear in all Location Based Searches much to annoyance of users as in the example feedback above.
The search filter mechanics when it comes to location is a filter effect. If you select for example Perth as your location, then you post will appear in searches for Perth, WA and Australia. If you select WA as your location, then it will appear in all WA Sub-locations (ie, Perth, Bunbury, etc). If you ignore this item and leave it as Australia, then it will appear in all location searches.
Unless this flag is used, there is little we (as admins) can do to help refine the items without massive customisation of the Search Engine which is unlikely. As an additional point, we have noticed that some (not all) attempts to CHANGE a location after an item has already been published, do not work. We are not sure why this is. Therefore, please ensure you set the location in your first attempt.
So, the next time you are submitting a new Audition, Production or other even, take a little time to review ALL the options and to think of those people who may come to this site to see What's On.
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