This is a fantastic plugin, dreaming of the ways I hope to make use of it!
We are bringing several thousand users into discourse (from vanilla) and using WP as the SSO provider, and so the users will not be manually creating a profile on discourse.
We have addresses for most users in WP, however I am not sure simply auto mapping users is a good idea, in fact I know its not;)
So my question is how would you go about prompting users during their first login to add their locations to their profile so that they are displayed on the users map. No one will know to do so unless prompted, and no one will follow an instruction email to login and complete the task, it would need to be a really quick addition while you were entering the site, to set and move on or otherwise I feel it will be left undone.
I would really like the majority of users to be shown on the map, maybe at a suburb level and not with full address resolution. Its for a hi-tech geeky group of garden shed machinists, there are not allot of them around and so we want to help them find each other both on and offline - without it getting creepy.
We plan to have some localised topics including a Market for swapping /selling parts as well as professional services area and a real life social area where we will encourage people to find members of the community to go and have a bbq, talk shop or help each other with a project, as in away from the internet. I know that sounds strange. Of course for this functionality we can turn on location required on these categories.
The map will feature heavily in making this possible! Would not otherwise work, and so … very exciting.
Leading to the next question, not location plugin specific but . can you associate a user with a topic, without them having to add a post. For example how would I get people to opt in to the social category and be shown on the map in that category. Is it the case that they would have to make a post and I would have the location required setting on that category or are other options available?
And lastly, it would be pretty awesome if the maps allowed for custom icons, like a $ sign for users on the market, a sausage for those interested in getting together.
Thanks again Angus for the awesome plugin!