Could the title please be changed to: Fill & update location field with Location Services
I would like to suggest such function not only for registration but also for board use. If the user browses from a new location then update the location field automatically.
Do I need to create a separate suggestion thread for this?
Set a dynamic user field that checks the ip and just sets the city/state/country. Since IPs are easily tracked by the system and displayed for mods and admins for moderation purposes just make it so that it can also be used for informational purposes.
Locations by IP is not exactly accurate. Assuming when I don't use my VPN; much like @Tracy Perry my IPS has me about almost 300 miles away from where I really am. But as I originally said, I'm on a VPN and that places me even some place else.
The OP was likely talking about phone geolocation data, which is provided via GPS or by triangulation using cell towers. Same way Google Maps can nearly pinpoint my location even if GPS is off.
Trouble there is that we don't want a person's exact coordinates to show anywhere to the public in a forum, but instead, have the forum do a lookup to extract their city/state/country location and display that instead. (Members would have the option of specifying how fine they want that to resolve--they could choose city/state/country as levels of how close they want their location displayed.)
I have another Location suggestion but am posting it separately. It could work in tandem with this feature quite nicely.