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Thanks gruesom - that's some useful feedback. I've removed the 'alert' about the redirect, per your suggestion (still have a message on screen though).

Firefox does this cool wifi scanning thing to get the most accurate location. It's really accurate (and I cache it, so I only have to do it once), but I don't think there's any way around taking a few seconds to determine your location.

Good point about the psychology. I was worried that playing up the competitive aspect could annoy users ("You want me to compete for your benefit?!") and was trying to walk a bit of a fine line ... I think I'll be a bit more comfortable with that approach after we get some regular users and see how they use the site.

FF doesn't seem to cache it for me (I'm running 3.5.5), as I saw it more than once.

Agreed that you definitely want to be careful about acting on any psychological theories up front. Observation of real users is the ticket.

Hmm, I'll look into that. Perhaps cookies would be better than GET parameters after all ..

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