Rusty should make optional boxes for entering your latitude and longitude coordinates. Radio buttons input whether your coordinates are public, public only to those who query ("protected"), or private.
A box stores a search radius (required, limited to a maximum), next to a button that reads "find people near me." Two optional boxes input latitude & longitude, next to another button labeled "find people near coordinates."
That's so you aren't confined to your home coordinates- maybe you are planning on bumming a night in Portland, interested in knowing if any K5'ers happen to live near Qatar, or are curious about how many K5'ers live in San Jose and San Fransisco, or over the hill in Santa Cruz, Aptos, and Watsonville.
When a button's hit, public and protected people in the query region are listed. The user checks their posts and diaries to see if they are safe and sane. If they are, the user clicks "arrange e-mail discussion" to set up a discussion, in order to arrange a meeting, or guarantee intelligence on the other end.
This might prompt meetings between social K5'ers. Of course, you might find that your K5 enemies (for example, Republicans) live near you as well. It could prompt violence and wanton distruction...
Would anyone use this? I would. So the question is now: Would anyone else use it?
It's probably a lot of work for Rusty, but I thought I'd propose it and at least see what people thought about it, regardless of whether Rusty has the time to implement it or not.
This could be easily extended to other Internet discussion groups as well, and it's not hard to imagine improvements- maps with graphic dots on them indicating the population, the ability to specify country and state, the ability to store pictures, gender, age, and sexual availability, and notification when new users appear in your area, to list a few.
Point of Clarity: What is the point of "protected" coordinates?
Public coordinates would be listed along with user posts, diary entries, etc.,. Protected coordinates would only appear in response to a geographic query, such as "who lives near me".