Interest in (Google) Map of BLF Users?

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Interest in (Google) Map of BLF Users?

EDIT: “the” got us started with a map. here’s a LINK

At some point I’ll add some screenshots of how to add your location, so if you have trouble, check back in a day or two.

I’ll leave the rest of my first post for anyone that wants to follow the discussion…

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I’m wondering if there’s enough interest to make creating a map of BLF users worthwhile.

I’m sure our admin is more aware of any issues there might be relative to users and their data than I am…

but my initial idea WAS NOT to use any existing data from the site.

Instead, I thought of creating an open document, in a format that is easy to import to google, and let anyone that so chooses, enter information (I would suggest just username and city, or county/district/etc. for paranoid types, like me).

FYI, I haven’t done this before, so I’m largely ignorant of the details. I’m willing to iron them out and get this started…

Maybe I should have created a poll.

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I think it’d be fun, interesting to see what areas users are from. Map porn and such.

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Great idea. Strictly voluntary participation. Should be interesting to see the distribution of flashaholics on a map. Reminds me of my Economic Geography class in college....

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If you figure it out, I’ll play. Sounds like a pretty cool idea. The poll might also be a good idea, to see if it’s really worth figuring it out.

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that’s really cool, thanks for the link!

We’d obviously need SB in on implementing that. It says free for up to 2500 hits a day.

I’m not sure if it has the option to show all member locations, instead of just visitors’ locations.

I was thinking more along the lines of being able to see what members are in your area or state. That would work (w/ clustrmaps) for someone out in the boonies, like me, but not so well for people in highly populated areas.

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lightbandit wrote:
"Hit counter map":http://www2.clustrmaps.com/counter/maps.php?url=http://clustrmaps.com[/q... +1

I mean, everybody knows from my ID that I'm from Tyler, TX., but the hit counter map might be interesting to see the concentrations, from the number of times members come to the forums.

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Sounds like a good idea.

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I think it would be a cool idea…as long as I didn’t have to pinpoint my super secret bunker-compound-weapon and flash-cache J)

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i like the idea of us mapping our self, that way those who dont care can put their exact address, those who do can put town or nearest city/county. this could be a cool project

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From memory isn't sb from the dark. Google maps may have a hard time with that one. Yeah I think its a good idea. I would know who to pester for different things then.Tongue Out

 

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Great idea Beer

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I'm game. My location listed is not that close to where I really live. 

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I’d drop my pin.

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Click this link to add / edit your information. Then just follow the instructions on the left pane of the map..

Note that you need to be logged in with your Google account first.

Let's see how this goes. In case of failure I'll try to remove the map. Wink

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Cool to see members scattered around in the world, thanks

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lightbandit wrote:
Cool to see members scattered around in the world, thanks

all concentrated around major metro areas with “light pollution”: who needs a flashlight Wink

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garrybunk wrote:

I'm game. My location listed is not that close to where I really live. 

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Likewise. Chicagoland covers a lot of real estate... Smile

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>Note that you need to be logged in with your Google account first.

Let’s see how this goes. In case of failure I’ll try to remove the map. Wink

Nice!

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gj! added my location.

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Added mine.. it`s about 5km off center

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I just used the town center, it’s a few miles off but close enough.

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Great idea! I'm going to add mine after this post.  I'm sure Texas and the Chicago area will be covered with markers. Big Smile

EDIT:  Added myself to the map.  Felt like a dope before I was able to figure out the instructions. LOL!

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oh, I think both together will have a tough time outnumbering NY Wink

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Im on the map.. Another member from the northern and darker part of EU.
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flash.light wrote:
lightbandit wrote:
Cool to see members scattered around in the world, thanks

all concentrated around major metro areas with “light pollution”: who needs a flashlight Wink

I know, it’s a problem. I live on a main road in the central part of the city. It’s always bright and we never loose power. Flat Stare The best part is that Nova Scotia has become a leader in LED street lights and my city has been installing them everywhere, so it’s bright white light pollution now.

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Cool idea! I am in!

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I couldn’t figure the durned thing out to save my life! lol well, ok, took a while but I stumbled around in it til I was satisfied. Sucks being old, this computer tech stuff that the kids just intuitively know is a booger for the old birds! Silly

Not so much in the middle of light pollution. Pretty much opposite that. And for us, lights can go at any time. Beautiful spring day, not a cloud in the sky, poof…no electricity. They’re usually pretty quick to get it fixed though, I’ll give em that. We also, being out in the country, have trees on fence lines…which of course is also where the power lines run. Storms quite often knock out the quick growing trashy trees like Hackberry that the birds are so fond of planting and they wreak havoc on the power lines. So a flashlight a Stihl chainsaw with pre-mixed gas handy are almost a pre-requisite.

Nice to see the connections, although some of us are literally the world apart seeing it on the map flattened out gives some perspective. Almost makes it seem like we’re all neighbors! Smile

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I screwed it up sorry!

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bikenber73 wrote:
I screwed it up sorry!

Fixed it for you. Smile

Ps. I also took a backup .kml file to be able to restore back to this situation in case someone manages to break the map totally..

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