Locations Plugin

Go to:

https://YOURSITE.com/admin/upgrade

You’ll see a list of everything that has updates available for it, and a button to Upgrade that plugin:

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That is terrific. Thank you very much. I don’t know why I could not find that page in my admin area. Thanks again.

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There is no link to the /upgrade/ page on the admin console for some reason :man_shrugging:

Glad you’re sorted though :+1:t2:

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Is there a way to generate/download gpx files of one/multiple (marked) locations, eg. by clicking on them on the map?

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I agree that latitude should precede longitude.

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Hello, I just thought I would mention that this plugin seems to not like the “discourse-solved” plugin after the latest Discourse release. Below is a link to the thread that brought me to this point:

Interesting, I upgraded to v2.3.0.beta5 +9 and didn’t come across any issues.

Maybe I just got lucky?

Hopefully @angus will be on the case :+1:t2:

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I just checked out the service (what3words), and I really want to figure out how to integrate it. I live in the U.S., and w3w seems useful since the majority of the population struggles to explain or understand any address not their own.

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I just merged in @vinothkannans PR, so this plugin should be working again with the latest Discourse.

@hellekin @Richie @keven Did we come to a consensus on the ordering of latitude and longitude?

Regarding What3Words, I’m open to it, it seems cool, but which group of users are actually going to use it on a regular basis? What’s the “user story” here? I don’t really want to spend time implementing it, if it’s just a novelty feature.

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I think “latlon” is a standard in most (all?) GIS software, I’m fine with it.

I would not use it, for the reason I stated: although the idea seems cool, the choice of random English words bothers me a lot.

Swatch in the 1990s

It sounds like Swatch in 1998 who came up with the “Internet Time” fad: they decided to divide a day in 1000 units “to avoid timezone issues”, but in fact it would not work since one would need to convert to local time anyway unless all in the world would agree to use “Biel Mean Time” (BMT), after the location of Swatch HQ.

Sounds like colonization to me. Let’s stick with the existing. It can make a fancy extra plugin, but it should not bloat this one.

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Same here, the w3w is a ‘nice to have’, but we’d not use it either.

It does, as well as your other plugins. Thank you!

The What3Words just came on my radar, and although I believe I would use it extensively for a new community that could become a large one, we should probably wait on asking you to dedicate it time considering the many other demands on your time. In the meantime, I will continue to research it. I may reach out to the What3Words team and get a sense of its growth and long term prospects.

When I have more information to share, I will circle back and share with everyone. Although it is premature to make the case for integration of the product, I can attest that the premise could be “disruptive” to the mapping industry in all the right ways for consumers like us. This is my view of it:

  1. Mapping solutions are frustrating because they are too often unable to locate a location based on any information other than the exact mailing address. Google is the exception because it can surmise a location based on misspelled and incomplete addresses, cross streets, and other typically problematic location information provided by the user. Users are so accustomed to providing GoogleMaps with garbage and being returned the correct location that the average technologically illiterate user is unable to glean the same utility from a Google competitor. Lat/Lon is far too complex for many users to comprehend, let alone to remember or copy/paste into the correct field. The human mind struggles with remembering numbers.
  2. Enter What3Words. Whoever thought of the concept understands how the brain remembers information. Without going down the neuroscience rabbit hole, What3Words takes away much of Google’s competitive advantage since a user merely has to click on a What3Words map to reveal the three words associated with the 3 meter squared location. The three words, which are easy to remember, are then input into a custom wizard field (this is very hard for lengthy lat/long numbers).

It may be too early for everyone to appreciate what a game-changer such a mapping technology may represent, which is a compelling argument for waiting. However, I think we should keep our eye on it. The need to integrate it may organically surface again.

–Destry

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According to the videos I saw, the solution is spreading to other languages. English was the first language, but it looks like other languages are being quickly added.

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Once the transport industry starts using it wholesale it will abundantly clear what a game changer it will be.

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can attest that the premise could be “disruptive” to the mapping industry

They’ve been around for over five years, they’re not doing much disruption yet…

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Yeah, “disrupt” may have been a poor choice of words on my part. However, they are now integrated into Mercedes Benz’s sat-nav system. They are a small player, but I would love to be able to offer it as an option on my forum. I am so frustrated with the difficulty in getting the existing platforms (except for Google Maps) to recognize a partial address, misspelled address, or cross streets more than 50% of the time. Telling people to instead input the correct lat/long is in some cases equivalent to telling someone to solve a calculus problem every time they wanted to log into their email. The difference in technological skill level between users and developers can sometimes be so significant that the developers do not fully comprehend the opportunity in meeting the users where they are at and reaping the rewards from their adoption of a solution as a result.

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I’ve switched longitude and latitude.

I’m all for this, how it’s not yet clear to me that what3words is in fact the more usable solution for the non-technical folks, or just something that seems cool to people who are tech-inclined.

I would also like to see non-google geocoding get better at handling fuzzy search. That would perhaps be a better angle to investigate at this stage, rather than pursue a somewhat more prospective alternative solution.

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I value your opinion as a proven plugin developer/author, so I will continue to research the topic and think more about fuzzy search as well. I deeply appreciate the work you do, and in the short time that I have been learning and using Discourse and its associated plugins, I have enjoyed testing your plugins and reading the discussions about them in this forum. I look forward to seeing how your locations plugin continues to evolve and advance.

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I value your opinion as well, so don’t give up on w3w just yet :wink: It’s good to have a variety of views here. For the reasons I mentioned, I don’t think I’ll add it right now, but maybe circumstances or arguments may convince me or another contributor in the future.

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