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Choose Location from List (or use Geolocation)

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Rudy, May 29, 2014.

  1. Rudy

    Rudy Well-Known Member

    On our big board, we have issues where thousands of members use their location field as a means of self expression, rather than giving a location. Even our forum's owner has publicly said to please use a real location so other members can give appropriate advice, but many do not listen.

    My idea: rather than have this be a freeform text field, users would choose from a drop-down list of countries, then states or provinces, and then have the city be a free-form entry (rather than search through a long list of cities...although it is not impossible since I've seen other sites use this).

    To offer a couple of shortcuts, there could be two alternate methods to fill in their location. 1) They could enter a zipcode (US) or postal code (other countries) which would look up the information and enter it as the location. 2) Get their geolocation using a smartphone or tablet, which gives a set of coordinates using GPS or cell tower triangulation; here, only city-level data would be returned and entered as the location, not the user's precise street/address location (for security reasons). IP addresses are not an acceptable source of location data, so they would not even be considered for usage here.

    If not part of XF, this would make a good add-on. We're just trying to get rid of "crap" data that many members feel they need to enter, which inconveniences others.
     
  2. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Another way, unless you already mentioned this, I guess could be to automatically detect users' location somehow similar how the system already automatically detects users' time zones.
     
  3. Rudy

    Rudy Well-Known Member

    Not much interest, so I guess it'd be better as an add-on?

    My staff is tired of locations like, "In la-la land" or other stupidity.
     
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  4. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    An add-on would probably best address this. I hate those that do the same thing (and have been sorely tempted to put them into a special group with a "succint" descriptor for it).
     
  5. Thomas.B

    Thomas.B Well-Known Member

    I've recently released Autocomplete Location which can solve this problem :)
     

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