Dunno if you've noticed that more than a hundred locations have vanished from the Pin Map. That's me incorporating and trimming away duplicate locations. Which is a great lead for the next bit!
6,870 locations remain. Not for long.
The Pin Map is about to add some really cool features!
I am working with Robin to augment our already-awesome Pin Map with data available from Google. We're already doing this, but now:
1) We can know if a location is in fact permanently closed. This was one of the biggest limiting factors of all game locators, especially when they grew sufficiently large. As far as I know, we're going to be the first to actively use this particular available technology.
2) We will try to inform you if a location you enter already exists. Duplicates have always been a problem in game locators.
2a) Common: One location beginning with The, and the other doesn't. You don't catch that on the alphabetical listings. (I found eight.)
2b) Common: One location name with an apostrophe in it, the other doesn't. Sometimes you can catch that on alphabetical listings, sometimes the two get spread apart. (e.g.: ORourkes and O'Rourke's would appear in two very different places in an alpha listing. I found 20.)
In many instances, I have transplanted relevant comments and other data to the remaining record. I really hated deleting some of these, some very detailed work was done on some of them! Of course I did a backup before this phase of work!
3) Locations that are permanently closed and locations with zero games will not be displayed in the general search (because displaying locations like that tends to annoy rather than inform). However, if you happen to report a game in a place we've got in the database listed as such, don't be surprised when the interface asks you if it's the same place(ish). Martin Ayub (the UK Number One) says it's far more economical of time and effort if you mark the place as inactive. We don't know if the new place opening in its spot won't have games, eh? You enter the new place's name and verify the games and we're all set! I can tell you this very thing has happened MANY times!
4) We have times of operation and/or a UTC offset for many active locations now. Knowing a location's daily operating hours is a big plus. If available, this will be displayed with a location's data. The initial data acquisition for this effort will take about three months, since I'm limited to two hundred of these particular data searches in one 24-hour period.
Right meow I'm trying to catch up with all the updates and new places. That means zapping duplicates, and I've terminated more than 100 so far. However...
Robin and I agree on crediting anyone who's done a new location post or an update, so there will actually be a history of updates log file happening now. That should help with data recovery in case of a Wipeout and we can credit everybody who's ever contributed to a particular location. I'm sure you'll all agree this would be a Good Thing.
Forward into the past!