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Places: Problems, bugs and suggestions

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If you've got feedback on our new Places feature for linking to restaurant and shop information, please let us know in this thread.

For more information on places, see Jane's introduction here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/41759...

For FAQ information on linking to Places, see:
http://www.chowhound.com/faq#linkmean

  1. Very cool addition to the site.

    It would be nice if "Link to a place" were available when you edit a post.

    1. Fantastic! I love that the places mentioned are listed along the side, under "Who's Talking."

      Thank you Engineering!

      ~TDQ

      1. To add a new place (as I bet at least 50% of links will require...Chowhounds often post about places that are not yet in yellow pages or other online directories) while creating a place link in a thread reply, you seem to need to use a specific address format, or the system rejects it ungracefully (erases the address info you've entered with a curt message and leaves you at the beginning of the process). So there ought to be some feedback about the address format that's required. It didn't much like "64th street off Broadway, Woodside, NY", fwiw.

        4 Replies
        1. re: Jim Leff

          One of the first rules of Chowhound you taught me: " most deliciousness does not have a sign or address"- or something to that effect. See the Place linked below. We account for this as well....

          1. re: Tatum

            However, the map points to a spot nearly a mile south of the place Jim was talking about.

            1. re: Tatum

              Similar problem: I searched for a Place entry on a Midtown Manhattan street cart called the Jamaican Dutchy. No such place, not surprisingly, so I created one.

              It's at 7th Avenue and 51st Street, and at first the system seemed to accept that, providing an accurate map. So I saved it.

              Then I started a post to make sure it was there, searched for Jamaican Dutchy, and found the new Place, with the correct address (http://www.chowhound.com/places/3133). But when I clicked on it, the entry showed 7th Ave but omitted 51st Street, and displayed a map that placed it some 80 blocks north of the actual location.

              1. re: squid kun

                At least that was in the same city. I've tried to create a Place and the system saved it with an address in another STATE.

          2. Hmmmm...I wrote a post, then tried to "link" to a place. The place wasn't in the database, so I added it. But, I seem to have lost my post. Did I do something wrong or should you check first to see if the place is in the database, and, if not, add it, before you write your post?

            ~TDQ

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            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Yeah, this time, before I posted, I first checked to see if this "place" was in the database, it wasn't, so I added it. Then, I wrote my post and linked to the place I just added. It works, but it's a bit awkward. Also, there does seem to be a lag time between my having added the "place" to the places database and the "place" being available in the database for linking.

              Make sense? Still, very very cool feature.

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                I just used the "Add a Place" button and had no problem. Didn't get navigated away from the topic I was posting to, it was all done in place, under the post widget, just like choosing from a list.

                If something else is happening to you, it's probably browser-specific.

                  1. re: jane

                    Safari, Version 2.0.4 (419.3)

              2. Two suggestions:

                1) When searching for a place, it would be nice to browse by general area, rather than having to enter an exact location. I live in the Twin Cities, where there are dozens, if not hundreds, of municipalities. I rarely remember which exact suburb a place is in. Plus, there are at least three common ways of writing "Saint Paul."

                A browse feature could also help find misspelled restaurant names.
                [Edit to add] And those virtually duplicate entries. (Is it "Tomayne Restaurant?" "Tomayne Bistro"? Or "Tomayne Cafe"?)

                2) I would love to be able to see all the Places entries. The first time I saw one, I tried to click on the "Places" header, the way I would for a board name, to see the list of most recent entries. Could the Places entries act more like a board in this respect?

                Thanks,
                Anne

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                1. re: AnneInMpls

                  You can search by zip code but that might be *too* specific for your needs. Give it a try nonetheless.

                  1. re: 5 and Dime Eater

                    Oh, there's no way I'd know the zip code! The Twin Cities has over 40 zip codes, and I'm lucky if I remember my own. But this might be a good feature for a tiny town.

                    Anne

                  2. re: AnneInMpls

                    AnneInMpls, these are great ideas. Right now (as 5 and Dime Eater suggests) search is the only way -- besides the boards -- into places. But that will change. If it looks like Places is useful to people, then we'll roll them up into areas, like you describe. And "most recent entries" is high on the list of next features.

                    1. re: AnneInMpls

                      Though it doesn't present a browsable list, you can look at all the place entries by typing in the url http://www.chow.com/places/1 and then changing the 1 to 2, 3, 4...61

                      1. re: AnneInMpls

                        The Places search is based on Google, so there are lots of options, including Zip code, latitude-longitude coordinates, or <county>, <state>.

                        http://maps.google.com/support/bin/to...