Jamie, I’m not sure if I need a custom plugin written for me or what exactly – I have an idea for a certain small ‘tool’ I need for my site, I’m just calling it a plugin as I don’t know what else to call it. Its very simple.
I need to give my site users the ability to find other users local to them with perhaps a couple of qualifying criteria. Would this be a plugin? Are there any off the shelf? Who can I go to to write one for me if not?
Do you want members to sign up and register before hand. If so you could use buddypress and extended profiles (i.e and collect location information on sign up). But this may be overkill for what you require.