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Photo/Blog locations which aren't a specific place/country

Travel Forums System Talk Photo/Blog locations which aren't a specific place/country

1. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

Hi guys,

Wondering if there is any way of adding extra bits/options to photos and/or blog entries in terms of locations?

- I recently uploaded a photo taken on the ferry between Calais and Dover and wanted to be able to tag it as "English Channel" ideally (with either no location, or "at sea" or similar as an alternative), but it insisted that I tag it as a country in the drop down list and wouldn't even allow the field to remain empty or have a hand added bit of text to it.

In this case, i just changed it to Calais, but as i will shortly be spending 16days at sea with nowhere even vaguely close by to tag photos to, i'm wondering if there could be an extra option added somewhere here.

- Similarly, the option to tag blog entries to a wider/vaguer area (I have a few which cover 10-15countries briefly, which i'd like to tag as a nice generic "Europe" rather than leave empty), as again I will have some entries from sea to add and have no obvious way of actually tagging them as such.

Thanks all, and hopefully i'll be back around properly at the end of the month when i am on dry land again


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 8y

Unfortunately the entire photo structure has "countries" as its base bit of information. A photo without a country would be nearly impossible to navigate to on the site, and all queries start by looking at the country.
When designing the map, the problem of photos taken in "international waters" was brought up, but we decided that people will just have to choose the "nearest" country.

Of course, once a country has been set, you can then specify the location as freely as you want, and position it anywhere on the map by clicking on the map. So your ferry photo could have either France or the UK as its country, and then in the map view, you could choose "edit manually" and click somewhere on the water to position it, setting the location name to "English Channel".
During a long boat journey, you could have a string of photos in the middle of the ocean to chart your trip by. That'd actually be kinda cool. (I believe there's at least one person here on travellerspoint who regularly goes sailing who does that. I'll see if I can track him/her down.)

edit: There we go! PirateDani has photos in such locations as "The Channel, United Kingdom" and "At Sea, United Kingdom".

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 8, 2008, at 8:50 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

Hmmm. Oh well, will see what i can do. thanks.

I've done a map of part of the trip just by using co-ords and not mentioning countries.

Regarding photos, i suppose we were looking at exact opposite ends: you were more interested in having photos etc that were easily findable/searchible by others. I don't care so much about that, and am looking to place them accurately even if nobody can search for them.

When I start uploading my journey ones, i'll have to fudge things around and after the first day or so around Europe, i'll probably tag most of them as Ascension or St. Helena so they are only found by people who are likely to be using the same boat and who they will be relevant to in searches a opposed to the closest land (eg Senegal, which was vey close at one point, but there is no way on/off the ship at Senegal ever, so there is no point tagging it a such)