What Happened to the Nearby Feature?

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by SLeffler27, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Poo-Bah (2,112) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    Does anyone know where the Nearby Feature went? I was using it Sunday morning, then by the afternoon it was missing.

    Do fellow BA’s like that feature?
     
  2. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,980) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    It's been pulled as our geo-location tagging has been broken for a while and there's no ETA to fix it. This resulted in incomplete results.

    Use was very low, too.
     
  3. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Poo-Bah (2,112) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    Sad. Understandable and sad. I thought it was one of the best features, even though it hadn’t updated for over a year. Still... BA has the highest quality site of it’s kind, HANDS DOWN. Thank you.
     
  4. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,487) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I hope there will be serious consideration to bringing it back soon. It was a feature that I used every time I traveled even though I knew that it displayed incomplete results. I even used it when I wasn't traveling as a tool to help plan a trip.
     
  5. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Poo-Bah (2,112) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    Yeah! Exactly.
     
  6. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (3,895) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    For what it's worth, this is the first I'm hearing about it...maybe people just didn't know?

    Or, maybe I'm an idiot. This is usually the case when I don't know about something.
     
  7. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (8,335) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    I also hope it returns with fully updated geo-location information for new place entries. I would be OK if it was just available on mobile but I did use it on the desktop until the data became stale.
     
  8. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,487) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    When Nearby comes back, I hope that the search options will again include using the telephone area code and zip code which are good for rural areas. An option to search for an SMSA to be able to get all suburbs of major cities included in a single search would also be nice to have.

    And as long as I'm asking for 'pie in the sky' there's another site that I've used that has a search capability to include all breweries along a stated travel route between two cities out to a specified distance of 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 miles from the route. Not only do you get the breweries along the route, but also the breweries in the departure and destination cities. The problem is that the database, which is extensive in the number of breweries (although I don't have a clue if it has anywhere near he same number of breweries that BA has), does not give any more than a brewery name, address and phone number. And it has no Bars, Eateries, Stores or Homebrew. But that is the search engine that would be nice on BA if it could be programmed (or a license purchased to link to it).

    So that's my wish list just for Nearby's return planning.
     
  9. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Poo-Bah (2,033) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
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    The Nearby feature was probably the feature I used the most. Whenever I traveled out of town or just drove to an unfamiliar neighborhood I used it. Hope it comes back.
     
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  10. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (8,335) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    I miss the zip code search for when in physically large cities like London to know what is in the neighborhood I'm staying in.
     
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  11. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Poo-Bah (2,112) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    For anyone who is curious, and unable to figure it out from what has already been written...

    Nearby was a map with pins locating all the places entered on BA. It used your current location and would zoom in to a few miles and out to maybe 50 miles. The user could also pan to other locations. It was great for areas where one was unfamiliar with relationships of various localities.

    Each pin was an interactive link to the BA Place in question. Very easy and powerful for planning trips, even tours around home.
     
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  12. emerge077

    emerge077 Poo-Bah (10,806) Apr 16, 2005 Illinois
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    Same here, the zip code search was very useful in certain scenarios. Hoping that Nearby comes back with current data and a custom search function.
     
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  13. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,266) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    add myself to the list that used it everytime I traveled for work, even with new places no in the database. I hope it's part of the new App
     
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  14. cryptichead

    cryptichead Meyvn (1,374) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Surprised that it wasn't used more frequently. I used it quite often. Is this a feature that will be in the app?
     
  15. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,980) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    We didn't push it and only added it for those who missed it from the previous app. It was US only and grossly outdated. Thousands of listings were missing.
    No. The initial focus of the app is finding, adding, and reviewing beers.
     
  16. cryptichead

    cryptichead Meyvn (1,374) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    But this feature is integral to finding beer:wink::grin:
     
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  17. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,980) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Not in its current state.
     
  18. Boone757

    Boone757 Poo-Bah (4,903) Nov 21, 2012 Virginia

    I would definitely lobby to bringing it back. I used the feature all the time, especially while traveling or planning travel. Yes it was definately out of date, seemed to use a cached set of data and was not dynamic in listing new places that were added. So it needs some updating, zipcode searches, etc. But even in its deficient state it is better than not having it at all now. Plus hearing there is no ETA to fix/restore the map feature is pretty discourging. I think a map feature is essenstial to a database website like BA. Any way for member polls to be done to help prioritize updates/features?
     
  19. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Poo-Bah (3,480) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    This 1000% I used the tool for planning every time I went somewhere. I am on a trip now and used a different site due to nearby disappearing. I would like even a search function in the places list for a list of locations, the mapping part is nice but until it is up and running again, maybe we can get a return of the additional search criteria?

    Thanks!
     
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  20. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Poo-Bah (2,112) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    Let’s see if I can learn a new trick. Stay tuned.
     
  21. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,980) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    I appreciate the support, but there's no need to start a poll on this topic. It was simply pulled as thousands of recently added places weren't included and it needs to be fixed/overhauled. No one said that it wouldn't come back.
     
  22. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Poo-Bah (2,112) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    Ok. Just having some fun along the way. And thanks for keeping hope alive. ;-)
     
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  23. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,980) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    As it sounds like most would rather have the feature in its broken state vs. nothing at all, I've reactivated the page and added a note about the known bug.

    Places > Nearby

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/place/nearby/

    Cheers!
     
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  24. cryptichead

    cryptichead Meyvn (1,374) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Awesome! Broken state still better than nothing!
     
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  25. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,829) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Who else would do such a thing? Seriously??
     
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  26. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Poo-Bah (2,112) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    Excellent. Thank you. And I totally agree, we can wait for the repair. I for one understand the balance of priorities given limited resources. Seriously, thank you!
     
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  27. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Poo-Bah (2,112) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    Exactly. BeerAdvocate provides exceptional customer service. Even knowing most users pay zilch for the service. These guys are real advocates.
     
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