Accuracy of maps!!

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1. Posted by tobytottle (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

I don't know if this has been addressed before but I am curious as to why the maps seem to be wildly innaccurate in their locating of some places. Maybe it's just mine but both of the places I've specified on the map of my current trip have been mapped in the wrong place!

It's not thousands of miles out, the first one; Lampeter in Mid Wales, is about 50 miles out and the second, Milton Keynes in England is a good couple of hundred miles wrong!

Just wondering why this is and whether it's happened to many other people. :D

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5293 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The reason this happens is that the map has no idea what the coordinates of those specific places are, and so without you telling it otherwise (by selecting the option from the auto-complete, or by clicking on the map in the right location), it chooses the middle of the "country" as the location. Obviously from our side we haven't made it clear enough that this is what's happening, and I'm already at work at trying to make it clearer, but unfortunately that won't fix any 'wrong' locations like this.
There's added confusion here because we have England and Wales in our system as countries, but the only cities the database knows about are located in the United Kingdom. (Note how your Lampeter squirrel photo (located in the UK) and your "Antipodean Larks" stop at Milton Keynes (idem) showed up in the correct locations.) So to get the correct coordinates of these locations: edit the map, change the country to United Kingdom, type the first few letters of these placenames, and then click on the option in the autocomplete popup which appears underneath the input field.
(Also, your visit to Taupo in New Zealand needs a similar fix to get the correct latitude/longitude.)

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 25, 2007, at 9:07 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by tobytottle (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Wow! I know what to do in the future! Thanks! :)