Category Archives: Local Guide

Local Guide Best Practice: Find the right category

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

A slight feeling of embarrassment originally kept me from publishing this tip, as it is based on my own experience as a beginning local guide, and as I felt really silly when I figured out what the solution was. But then I noticed on the Connect forum that there were several occasions where a local guide posted that (s)he was facing exactly the same problem. So I will confess to it after all.

When you add a new point of interest, one of the mandatory fields is ‘category’. You can’t submit the information unless you add something in that field. And obviously you want to add the best fitting category. But the problem seems to be that the list you get presented to choose from is quite short and only contains some general categories (Restaurant, School, Bank, etc). Some very basic business categories like ‘Hair salon’ or ‘Accountant’ are simply not listed!

This was an easy one – and in the “default” list: bank

If you’re at this point, you have made the invalid assumption – as I had initially done – that the categories in that list are the only ones you can choose from. They are not. Not by far. You should really only look at them as a kind of frequently used categories that are shown as examples. In reality you can access almost 4.000 different categories in English (or 3.000 in most other languages). The only thing you need to do is start typing the name of what you are looking for. In the hair salon example, typing ‘hair’ will certainly show you the category you are looking for. Yes, it is that easy.

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.

Local Guide Best Practice: Filtering ‘Check the facts’

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

For a lot of people, this tip will be of little value, as they have figured it out for themselves, but to some it still might be new: when using the mobile version of ‘Check the facts’ you can filter the type of facts you get presented for checking.

At the top of the screen, there are 2 lines with bullets (or icons if you prefer that term) – the top one represents the types of points of interest (food-related, culture-related, etc.), the bottom one represents the type of facts that Continue reading

Local Guide Best Practice: Correcting errors you accidentally made

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

Every piece of information you ever added to Google maps and every edit you ever suggested was 100% perfectly accurate, right? Hang on: some of them were not? You sometimes make MISTAKES? Of course you do – and I will readily admit: so do I. We’re all human, and that inevitably means we sometimes make mistakes.

As conscientious local guide you of course don’t make those mistakes on purpose. They rather slip in by accident, but you only notice them once you have submitted the information. And then it sinks in: “OMG, I have made Google maps worse, by adding false information!” (especially if it is a suggested edit that was approved within seconds – I still get a bit of that awkward taste in my throat when I recall the first time it happened to me).

So: what to do to undo your wrongdoing? First and foremost:  Continue reading

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.

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, click Remove this place and then select Duplicate of another place from the drop-down menu containing the possible reasons for removal. (Don’t worry about the Add a photo-option on that page, as that is not relevant in reporting duplicates – it can be useful for some of the other options in the list, like Not open yet or Private place or home).

Usually, you will then be presented with another pop up screen that lists one or a few other POIs which Google suspects could be the ‘correct’ one, asking you to indicate which of those you consider to be the correct one. At the bottom of that list there is also the option to indicate None of the above in case the one you meant is not listed. So far, so good: the process is pretty straightforward. But what can be much trickier 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

Local Guide Best Practice: Submit changes one by one

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

Sometimes you come across a point of interest where several pieces of information are missing or wrong. Then you click ‘Suggest an edit’, make all the changes and click ‘Submit’, right? Well, my advice is not to do this, but instead submit the changes one by one. Admittedly, it’s a few extra clicks, but I have experienced that if you submit several changes at the same time and for some or other reason one of the suggested changes is not applied, none of the changes get applied.

And for those who are eager to score as much local guide points as possible there is another reason as well: the counter that shows you how many points you have earned always only counts to 5 when clicking submit, no matter how many suggested changes you submitted – just one single or 2, 3 or 4. Compare this to what happens when you post a review for a point of interest: the counter then does produce a different result if you submit a review that is over 200 characters long, as it takes into account the 10 extra points for a long review. So, my interpretation is that ‘Suggest an edit’ brings 5 point per time you run the module, not always 5 points per changed piece of information – unless you submit them one by one.

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.