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Write your congressman with prefilled email

  1. kentucky
    Member

    I would like to be able to make it simple for like minded readers to send a pre-written email to their congressman. Similar to this paid service by rollcall:

    http://www.capwiz.com/sbalist/issues/alert/?alertid=49183501&type=ML

    The closest plugin to this is http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpcongress/ but all it does is look them up. Id like to have the email written and ready to go and all they have to do is fill in the information. Ideally there would be a way to keep track to prevent spam and protect their email address. Its so handy for getting people to participate in politics (or anything else that you want to have people email out).

    I put this under general because Im not sure it would actually access the built in email function of WordPress.
    Ken
    PS If theres already something built, please post link.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  2. Gestroud
    Member

    12345

    This section is really for suggestions to WordPress' core functions and features. You'd be better off posting your request here:

    http://wordpress.org/support/forum/requests-and-feedback

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  3. kentucky
    Member

    Thanks, Ill try it there then too.
    K

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  4. Kreg Wallace
    Member

    Hi Kentucky,

    I just released a plugin that does what you're looking for. It's called SpeakUp! Email Petitions and you can find it here.

    The plugin let's you create a pre-filled petition message that your site visitors can sign. Submitting the petition form will send your message via email to the congressperson (or whoever else) you designate by entering their email address when you create the petition. The resulting email messages are signed with the contact info your site visitors provide.

    A little more info can be found on my site, speakup.designkode.com.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  5. kentucky
    Member

    Kreg,
    It works great for me on the latest wordpress. This is a great plugin. Ill need to incorporate a link to search someones congressman in the same post as Id use your form and that should work nicely.

    For future revisions, would it be a lot of work to incorporate a small icon above the message your editing similar to the ones you use to select pictures etc? Maybe click the icon and a popup with all the petitions you have created opens up (again similar to inserting a picture). Just a thought, Im very happy with what you have done already. Ill probably donate a little something after Ive tested it some more.
    Thanks again,
    Ken

    PS I gave it a 5 star rating and gave it an "it works" click with the latest WordPress.
    Ken

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  6. Kreg Wallace
    Member

    Hi Ken.

    I'm glad you like the plugin and thanks very much for your donation and ratings!

    As for adding an icon above the message box, I assume you're wanting a quick way to look up and include the petition shortcode when editing posts and pages. This might be possible, but I'm not really sure what level of work is involved. I'll look into it.

    With the issue of helping people identify their own congressman, your inclusion of a link to another site in the post sounds good. I was hoping I'd be able to include a system for having people submit the petition message to their own congress member just by entering their zip code. Turns out this is a big problem because most congress members don't publish a contact email address. Also, there are apparently several thousand zip codes that straddle multiple congressional districts and the data needed to sort everything out isn't readily available.

    Good luck with your petition!

    Posted: 3 years ago #

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