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Lost my location on map

I have been a host for many years with regular visitors but the last few months no enquiries. Discovered my location map flag had been moved from my Masterton NZ address to somewhere in the Atlantic ocean off the Ivory coast. I have moved it back but is that a known bug.

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Not that I have heard. We

Not that I have heard. We will definitely have to check for things like this when we migrate to a newer web page in a few months.

Ken

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Experience

I don't now some this.

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I noticed many profiles have

I noticed many profiles have moved to the ocean. I can give several links.
I think this bug has to be fixed first, before deleting profiles for being inactive. If WS moved the hosts to the ocean, it's not their fault if they receive no more requests, so they shouldn't be deleted.

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Looks like something has gone

Looks like something has gone wrong with the interpretation of the geodata and on failure it is defaulting to 0 degrees longitude and latitude.

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Rest

Not sure of the cause, but if you re-enter your location and save, it will correct the problem.

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The same here

I found the same problem already some month ago and adjusted this manually. Looking at some profiles in Dresden, it appears I'm not the only one, though for most people it works correctly. Kind of strange since it has never been a problem before.

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I've contacted the support

I've contacted the support and they reply:
"The problem us with static information in the profile and changes made by google maps. We are aware of the problem and it will be resolved with the upgrade this spring."

I hope the upgrade will have open street map, instead of google maps. An open source hospitality exchange should have an open source map ;)

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+1

+1
Seems like a perfect time to switch over to OSM.

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Marker not showing

I had noticed the marker indicating my location was not visable last month. I know that when an individual is unavailable their location marker will not show. I checked my profile and it still said I was available. When I went in and resaved my profile, the marker showed up. Hopefully some others will be that easy to fix if they encounter what I did.

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Wrong locations

I have found there are a lot hosts in Finland whose location is incorrect. For example in my home town there are somebody whose location is traveling slowly to north. Now he seems to be in the middle of.nowhere. I am sure the host does not change location, it is the bug is ws.

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Site Problems

Yes, there is a problem with the web site. Team Warmshowers is working with Upleaf in creating an entirely new and responsive site. This won't be activated until the end of the summer. Until then, if you notice that your location is off, please edit your profile and reset your location.

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lat lon 0 0

I have noticed this problem too for multiple users. Having another look it seems like they are all placed in the Atlantic at the latitude/longitude of 0,0. That point is located here:

From a technical point of view it should not be too hard to create a database query for all members with 0,0 coordinates and send them a short mail explaining the problem and asking them to update their location manually.

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Yes, the Principality of

Yes, the Principality of Freewheel: https://www.warmshowers.org/comment/15340#comment-15340

Although that is only part of the problem; as mentioned in previous reports here some users are just disappearing from the map altogether and others seem to be slowly migrating to greener pastures. What you are describing seems to be a function of how the mapping code tries to automatically place users who have filled out an address without sufficient recognisable information (i.e. - with a country but no recognisable city users are placed in a central location of that country contained in the geodata as an optimal guess, with no recognisable country users get dumped at 0,0 ) - something in the code now is failing to recognise manually entered addresses that were previously being recognised.