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Yumtaco Taco Truck Map -- Bay Area and Nationwide

Xiao Yang Nov 30, 2008 07:14 PM

Just stumbled across this taco truck-Google Maps mashup and wonders how it compares to RW's in completness and currency. Note that it covers the whole US, in case you want to track down that taco truck in New Bern, NC:

http://yumtacos.com/

  1. Ruth Lafler Nov 30, 2008 07:26 PM

    He's posted here -- he actually used rw's map for part of his Bay Area listings.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      Xiao Yang Nov 30, 2008 08:07 PM

      I searched Chowhound, and only saw a passing reference on the LA Board. In any event, it covers areas not covered by RW, so may be of use to some.

      FWIW, the same NPR feature that spotlit the Yumtaco.com website also covered a Chinese restaurant map, which purportedly focuses on Chinese food that's recognizable as such to Chinese students and Expats in the US.

      http://chinesefoodmap.com/

      1. re: Xiao Yang
        Ruth Lafler Dec 1, 2008 08:51 AM

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4504...

        I thought there had been a post about the map itself, because I know I've seen it (the map, not the post), but I can't find it either.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler
          hewn Dec 1, 2008 09:13 AM

          Hopefully this won't get deleted as I don't think it violates the ToS - but yes, there was much discussion of the site here (20-25 posts?) but they were all deleted by the moderators. I think maybe any discussion of deletions itself gets deleted, as last night's discussion did.

      2. re: Ruth Lafler
        rworange Dec 1, 2008 09:59 AM

        Having cooled down a bit, I just don't want my map associated with this as it isn't.

        As mentioned, I more than welcome using the info in my local map for the more national map. However, looking at the local trucks mentioned, many were left out and info runs along the lines of having to cut and paste links to Chowhound and yelp to get more info.

        Anyway, since this is national, it probably belongs either on the General Board or News and Media board. Hopefully that would generate more info for the owner of the the site to track more trucks in other parts of the country. Don't have a clue why so many local trucks were left off despite the info being readily available. And I don't really care. It is what it is.

        1. re: rworange
          Xiao Yang Dec 1, 2008 11:48 AM

          Cool your jets. If the guy's work is crappy, you should be thankful he didn't credit you. I don't recall you crediting the poster you got the idea for a taco truck map from in the first place, either.

          We're all in this world together, guys. Don't need any Chowhound-in-a-manger attitudes.

          1. re: Xiao Yang
            rworange Dec 1, 2008 04:05 PM

            Even though it wasn't the same and was done more to help out when the Salinas taco trucks were in jeopardy of being shut down, actually I did credit that person.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/407568#2638066

            Also gave credit with the Oakland map
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/450404

            The 11/30 post for some reason was restored after I did the 12/1 post so it looks a little odd.

            1. re: rworange
              hewn Dec 2, 2008 09:01 PM

              Just FYI, I was very happy to find so many trucks mentioned here and thought linking to the original posts - rather than passing the work off as my own - would be more ethical. I started the map a couple of months before I thought to look on Chowhound for more entries, and I was very happy to find such good information here. I am trying to fill in the gaps, but I've received so many notes from folks asking me to remove individual trucks over the past year that it's hard to keep up with which ones I've removed and why (several truck owners, worried about - I assume - INS attention, asked me to take their trucks down. Although, of course, these could be owners of the competition, possibly. Either way, I've taken down every truck I've been asked to take down). All I know is that people regularly ask me to remove a truck because the information is incorrect or for some other reason, and I comply.

              I'm very sorry. I never thought I'd face so much criticism over this. I tried to ethically manage what started out as simply a small personal project to teach myself how to use Google Maps but it appears I have not done such a good job.

              1. re: hewn
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                melly Dec 3, 2008 04:01 PM

                Hewn...You are a good guy and I have your site bookmarked and use it all the time. I know that you are ethical and I recall when you started the project.

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