We’ve recently added the ability to add a location to the first post of a discussion in the Regional Dining forums! That means now, in addition to accessing the discussions in a chronological order or via the search engine, you can now search restaurants in the neighborhoods you are interested in.
To see the map of your region, click the Map button at the top of your board. You will see all the discussions in the neighborhood. Click on any you are interested in.
But we need everyone who start a new post about an eatery to enter the location of the eatery before it’ll show up on the map. Here’s how to do it:
When you started a new topic, click the Add Location button:
Then enter the address in the address field. If the map provider finds the location on the mapping engine, it’ll return the result just below the address you entered. Click on it, and click done. Sometimes the mapping engine can’t find a match, try changing the address slightly- e.g. ‘Street’ to ‘St’, take out unnecessary punctuation, etc. Oftentimes the location will gets mapped. And if so, you are done. Skip the following instructions.
But, the mapping engine (we use Mapquest) are better mapping addresses in some countries (e.g. U.S.) than in others (e.g. Cambodia). In some countries, no matter what you address you enter, the mapping engine just won’t map. In those cases, you can directly enter the latitude and longitude so the location shows up on the map.
How do you get the lat/long? Go to Google Map. Find your location, right click the location marker.
Click ‘What’s here’.
The latitude and longitude will show up at the bottom of the map. Highlight the lat/long with your mouse, right click Copy. Then paste the lat long into the address field of the Add Location window instead of an address. Click Done. (Why you say don’t we just use Google Map as a provider? They are proprietary enough that they don’t work with the mapping feature!)
You are done!
What if you want to go back and add location to discussions you started previously, but you can no longer edit the post?
Contact us! We’ll give you editing ability so you can go back and add the location to the first post.
All other, if you see your post edited but don’t notice anything different about the post, most likely your moderators added the location to the first post.
Here’s the world dining map, which combines the maps of all regions: