Author Archives: Jan Van Haver

Local Guide Best Practice: Adding places without house number

[This is one of a series of articles originally published on Local Guides Connect]

A short tip, this time, but a useful one, as it will prevent you from unintentionally adding incorrect data.

Sometimes you might want to add a point of interest (POI) which does not have a house number, e.g. a tourist attraction or viewing point, a statue or a glass recycling container. In those cases, the main thing you should know is that you should not enter the ZIP code when entering the address. If you do enter it, the algorithm will interpret the number you entered as the house number and then add that same number once more as ZIP code. You then end up with something like ‘Main Street 1234, 1234 Anytown’. If you enter only street name and town, it will get created correctly as ‘Main Street, 1234 Anytown’.

The original article can be found here


Disclaimer: the practices described here as best practice are my personal interpretation, and I don’t claim any level of official endorsement.

Just asking… #6 – ROFL

I’m sure you’ve already read the expression ROFL: rolling on the floor laughing. You even might have used it yourself from time to time in social media posts or text messages when LOL was not strong enough. But suppose you take this literally, drop to the floor and start laughing while rolling. How long can you do this before people start wondering if there might be something wrong? How long before someone starts feeling uncomfortable? How long until that becomes uncomfortable enough to call the emergency service? How long before it’s been decided that you might be a threat to your environment or to society?

It is a specific example of my more general question: when do people consider you to be crazy instead of just silly? I have to admit – a fact readily confirmed by the people close to me, although most of the times there are no witnesses – I can act silly at times. And on occasion there is an urge to just go on and on, without any real reason (assuming there was a reason, or at least a trigger to start with).

So, how far exactly can you go, rolling on the floor laughing, before they lock you away? Just asking…

Local Guide Best Practice: Reporting duplicates

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[This is one of a series of articles originally published on Local Guides Connect

When you come across two (or sometimes even more, but for the sake of simplicity I will refer to 2 in the rest of this post) mentions of the same point of interest (POI), you should report one of them as duplicate. You do this by going to ‘Suggest an edit’ and then indicate ‘Place is permanently closed’, whereby you select as reason ‘Duplicate of another place’. So far, so good. But this can still be a tricky thing to do, because you need to decide which of the two is the one you want to report as duplicate.

In some cases this is quite easy to decide: one of them has no reviews, no photos, and the pin is located 50 meter away from the actual location, while the other has 12 reviews, 6 photos and is located correctly. But in other cases, Continue reading

Local Guide Best Practice: Find the right zoom level

[This is one of a series of articles originally published on Local Guides Connect]

This is one I struggled with myself quite a bit when I started out as local guide. When you’re walking around in a neighborhood, or explore one on the desktop version of Google Maps, the number of existing points of interest (POI) you get to see heavily depends on the zoom level you are at. Especially in urban areas, where there are obviously much more POIs than in rural areas, it can be quite important to zoom in an out at the appropriate locations.

I have no idea exactly how many different zoom levels there are, but I Continue reading