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The company I work on would like to be able to find good programmers through SO, but we couldn't find a way to filter users nearby. Is it possible?

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Filling in more of your profile is a good start, but your profile demonstrates that users can't be forced to do so, Samuel ;-D – pavium Oct 4 '09 at 2:38
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You can go somewhere like the data explorer and write an sql query to filter users based on the location field.

Based on what I've seen in the StackQL logs, maybe something like this:

SELECT ID AS [User Link], Reputation, Location, AboutMe, WebsiteUrl, LastAccessDate, Age
FROM Users 
WHERE (Location LIKE '%Nebraska%' OR Location LIKE '% NE %' OR Location = 'NE' OR Location LIKE '% NE')
ORDER BY Reputation DESC

That'll get you 414 potential candidates.
Direct query link:

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Assuming they use the location field and don't put something in like "Earth" – Jared Harley Oct 4 '09 at 1:13
@Jared Harley: assuming they want to be found – perbert Oct 5 '09 at 18:11
Please respect people when they do not select the "I'm open to employers (not recruiters) contacting me" checkbox – Nathan Koop Oct 5 '09 at 18:54
@Nathan. Agreed. To bad that tidbit (bit: get it? I kill me) isn't available in the data, but it's still not hard to check the profile on SO first. I even made sure there's a link pointing straight to it. – Joel Coehoorn Oct 5 '09 at 19:08

How about having them support the site and place a job listing on

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