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Hey guys — am doing some revisions to the Member Directory. The existing directory doesn’t make it terribly easy to find people by location/profession, which is a high priority for us — think editors finding photographers for assignments. Any notes?

by Shinji Kuwayama at 2005-06-08 15:12:05 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Chicago , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

heya b, the new cross-referenced search system is pretty cool.

I think the mapping and flags needs some work though. One thing I’m seeing is flags in asia or europe with members who are listed as being in new jersey or utah.

also, when you hit a flag, say for someone in hawaii, it doesn’t seem to take you to a hawaii page, just the first page of the US listings.

by teru kuwayama | 08 Jun 2005 20:06 (ed. Jun 8 2005) | brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Cool. There’s not really a clever way to fix incorrect coordinates; about all we can do is contact those people and ask them to fix it. In the meantime, if anyone has an idea on how to enforce correct coordinates, by all means share it.

As for clicking the flags — that’s not hooked into the new directory system yet. When we go live, those links will work.

by Shinji Kuwayama | 08 Jun 2005 23:06 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
I’ve gone ahead and launched the new directory; I’m also going to spend a few minutes correcting coordinates….

by Shinji Kuwayama | 09 Jun 2005 12:06 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
In case anyone was wondering, no, the exciting new Google Maps API doesn’t work for us. They say their maps now cover the whole world, but it’s an exaggeration; outside the US, most of their database is just loose country outlines. Worldkit (what we use now) is still better.<br/>

by Shinji Kuwayama | 07 Jul 2005 11:07 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
hi Shinji,

i’m really digging the new directory. you what else would be really useful for peeps like me? i’d love to be able to create a custom list of frequently watched locations… so that when i log in, i’ll get a list of links that take me to “my hotspots”. As it is, i tried to bookmark pages… but as far as i can tell, the url remains the same no matter what my fiiltering criteria.

best,
jasmine

by [former member] | 07 Jul 2005 11:07 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Good tip Jasmine — I’ve adjusted the Member Directory so that you can bookmark your searches.


by Shinji Kuwayama | 07 Jul 2005 13:07 (ed. Jul 7 2005) | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
That is a very cool idea jasmine, and something that all editors should be told about and encouraged to make use of.  Smart!<br/>

by Jon Anderson | 07 Jul 2005 14:07 | Astoria Queens, United States | | Report spam→
i’m finding it really hard to add people to my list efficiently, since people that I know are signing up and joining all the time.

i also really hate the “filtering ON” for posts displayed, doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of this site? i can reach the people I know any time. It’s the new input from strangers that I want to see also, so that connections are made.

by [former member] | 12 Jul 2005 15:07 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Hey Alan, thanks for the feedback — very helpful.

On filtering — this is ultimately a personal preference, so the tricky thing is coming up with a solution that works for everyone. Tell you what — I’m going to make the filter setting stickier… from now on, if you turn it off, it’ll stay off permanently. Try turning it off, and see how that works for you?

On adding people to your list — yeah, this is something I’ve been thinking about a lot. How about this — in the Member Directory, there are now plus/minus icons next to every name. Try using these to quickly add/remove people from your list. Also note that you can sort the Directory by "member since" — that’ll show you everyone who’s signed up recently, and you can click "next" to see the next page, all the way back if you want. Does that help?

Let me know what you think, and we’ll keep tweaking this stuff. Thanks man…


by Shinji Kuwayama | 13 Jul 2005 08:07 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Kelly — yeah, seaching by "specialty" is in the pipeline; I hope to have that up soon. I’m also investigating ways to consolidate all those profession types…


by Shinji Kuwayama | 15 Jul 2005 10:07 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Guys,
I really enjoy looking at everyones photos. They help me get better at what I do. Thanks. Chris Milian Albany NY.

by Chris Milian | 29 Jul 2005 14:07 | Albany NY, United States | | Report spam→

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Participants

Shinji Kuwayama, Software Engineer Shinji Kuwayama
Software Engineer
Chicago , United States ( ORD )
teru kuwayama, I/O teru kuwayama
I/O
New York , United States
Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
Photographer & Writer
Ocala Florida , United States
Chris Milian, Photographer/Aerial,All Chris Milian
Photographer/Aerial,All
(albany ny aerial photographer )
Albany Schenectady Troy Ny , United States


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