irl probs June 3, 2011 8:54 AM   Subscribe

The IRL meetup for Glasgow i'm proposing won't accept real, actual addresses.

I've tried putting the Louden Tavern into it and used the addy given by google maps but it's not happening - is there a way just to bypass the google maps bit ?
posted by sgt.serenity to Bugs at 8:54 AM (42 comments total)

There's no way to bypass the map requirement because we don't want to send people out into the world without a verified address in hand.

I can look into it, what's the address you're trying to use? You can send it via MeFi Mail if you don't want to share it here. The Google Maps API we're using can be picky about address formatting, but there's usually a way to make it work.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:57 AM on June 3, 2011


While we're discussing this, why doesn't the address show up in cases such as this one? All I see is the location name and the map.
posted by grouse at 9:08 AM on June 3, 2011


Click the map icon to get the full street address.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:09 AM on June 3, 2011 [1 favorite]



There's no way to bypass the map requirement because we don't want to send people out into the world without a verified address in hand.


I rather suspect that people living in the city where the meetup was being proposed would be a better source of verifcation than google, no ?
posted by sgt.serenity at 9:14 AM on June 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


True, but can you share the address? I think we can use both Google and locals.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:22 AM on June 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Are you actually planning a meetup at the louden?!! Good heavens!
posted by By The Grace of God at 9:51 AM on June 3, 2011


I think the address in question is 22 Harvie Street, Glasgow G51 1BW, United Kingdom, from the googling of it anyway.
posted by mrzarquon at 9:57 AM on June 3, 2011


Thanks mrzarquon. If I plug that address into IRL it brings up the map. If I put in "22 Harvie St, Glasgow" that works fine too. But if you don't include the city or just use a venue name it won't work.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:07 AM on June 3, 2011


I rather suspect that people living in the city where the meetup was being proposed would be a better source of verifcation than google, no ?

Yeah, be a snide prick when someone's trying to help you, that'll show 'em.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:32 AM on June 3, 2011 [4 favorites]



Yeah, be a snide prick when someone's trying to help you, that'll show 'em.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:32 PM on June 3 [1 favorite +] [!] 7

How is the restriction of the information that I input, help ?
The implication that someone in Palo Alto, California would know Glasgow better than jack_mo, len, bftgog, fire and wings etc is strange.

If I want to challenge that, I will.

If you don't like that, fine but please don't try and bully me into whatever bland, passive acceptance mode you think counts as good behaviour here.
posted by sgt.serenity at 11:13 AM on June 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


It would be lovely, however, if you could try to be more eponysterical.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 11:28 AM on June 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


You're free to challenge our use of Google Maps, but it should work fine for the scenario you mentioned in your post. Maybe you had a typo in the address, I don't know. You won't tell me what you were entering that didn't work for you so I can only speculate.

IRL is a site for public meetups. We want to tie meetups to a specific real world location so we don't get into a situation where we have semi-public meetups. If you're in the know you get to go, if you're not you can't get there. So we want a spot on the map associated with meetups so anyone can attend and get directions.

We have had issues with Google Maps in the past and we've addressed them. In the first few months we had trouble with parks and intersections and odd points of interest, those now work. Occasionally someone has a problem with an address. They contact us and we work it out. The system isn't perfect but it works 99% of the time.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:30 AM on June 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


Stop bullying the poor little man, pb.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:37 AM on June 3, 2011


Upon reflection, that's a totally unfair and dumb comment on my part and brings pb into a stupid argument when he's just trying to do his job. Mostly retracted.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:50 AM on June 3, 2011



Stop bullying the poor little man, pb.


Away and lock yourself back in your basement, eagerly awaiting the day when people begin to discuss meetups in Glasgow with the same tone and gravitas one would address the allocation of lentil mushing duties in a 60's California commune.

I'll let you know when it happens.


Thanks for the info pb.
posted by sgt.serenity at 11:53 AM on June 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


So why didn't it work originally? Were you using a different address?

Maybe it should send out a bat single to the mods when people put in an address that Google can't find.
posted by smackfu at 11:56 AM on June 3, 2011


I liked the B side of the bat single.
posted by desjardins at 12:08 PM on June 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


Don't know why it didn't work - although i'm not of that persuasion, it's an interesting cultural artefact to visit : )
posted by sgt.serenity at 12:44 PM on June 3, 2011


So.... how's that comment editing going, pb?
posted by smackfu at 12:52 PM on June 3, 2011


No comment editing in the works. Unless you know something I don't.
posted by pb (staff) at 12:53 PM on June 3, 2011


But I want it dammit.
posted by smackfu at 12:55 PM on June 3, 2011


Remember the good old days when Mom used to make pizza out of the leftover pancakes and serve them for afternoon tea with a steaming hot mug of extra-strength cola? Memories, man. You can't buy them like that any more.
posted by ardgedee at 1:02 PM on June 3, 2011


Remember the good old days when Mom used to make pizza out of the leftover pancakes

Is this a real thing that is for real? Man, I feel cheated! I'm lucky if I even got pancakes.
posted by desjardins at 1:08 PM on June 3, 2011


I think you should only be allowed to edit other people's comments, not your own.
posted by jenkinsEar at 1:27 PM on June 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


sgt.serenity writes "The implication that someone in Palo Alto, California would know Glasgow better than jack_mo, len, bftgog, fire and wings etc is strange."

Google doesn't actually develop that data in house in Palo Alto. They buy it from local authorities.
posted by Mitheral at 6:42 PM on June 3, 2011 [3 favorites]



Google doesn't actually develop that data in house in Palo Alto.


True. Also due to the fact that Google is in Mountain View and not Palo Alto.

Facebook != Google
posted by babby╩╝); Drop table users; -- at 7:51 PM on June 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


A migas breakfast taco is basically a pizza made with leftover pancakes. I mean, more or less. In the grand scheme of things.
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:11 PM on June 3, 2011


I've tried putting the Louden Tavern into it and used the addy given by google maps but it's not happening

Obviously Google supports Celtic.
posted by eddydamascene at 11:47 PM on June 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


jeez................ and still jack_mo doesn't show up to the thread : (
posted by sgt.serenity at 9:03 AM on June 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


the liquid ship,171 Great Western Road, Glasgow G4 9AW

i tried an old meetup addy, but no joy there either ?
posted by sgt.serenity at 10:27 AM on June 5, 2011


You say no joy there either, but you had joy the first time around! Your first address worked fine. If I put in "171 Great Western Road, Glasgow" that works great for me.

What error message are you getting with these addresses?
posted by pb (staff) at 10:33 AM on June 5, 2011


Sounds like an ID-10T error.
posted by the cuban at 11:37 AM on June 5, 2011


That's not fair, the cuban. There could be something unique to his setup that is causing problems. There could be an error on our end that's causing things to work for me but not sgt.serenity. I'm trying to understand why these addresses aren't working when they're fine for me, I just need a bit more info.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:47 AM on June 5, 2011


Error: Couldn't map your address. Please try adding more detail or finding a precise address at Google Maps.

I put in what pb put in - 171 etc......... but thats the error that keeps coming up...


Sounds like an ID-10T error.


posted by sgt.serenity at 5:02 PM on June 5, 2011


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posted by sgt.serenity at 5:02 PM on June 5, 2011


Sorry sgt.serenity, I'm stumped. I've pored over the code, logged in as test users, tried several browsers and I just can't duplicate the problem. If I put the exact address "171 Great Western Road, Glasgow" in the "Venue Address" field while creating a new Confirmed Meetup event post at IRL, I get a map with a location and no error message.

My last ditch thought is that somehow that Venue Address field is being cleared out by your browser before you click submit. Are you running any Greasemonkey scripts? Try disabling them. If you can, try posting from another browser and see if that works better.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:21 PM on June 5, 2011


ok pb i will try that - youre a gent btw
posted by sgt.serenity at 11:57 PM on June 5, 2011


Well, I've tried it in IE rather than firefox and the error message is still coming up.........
posted by sgt.serenity at 7:05 AM on June 6, 2011


.......which is because i was putting the address in the 2nd last column rather than the last one .... which qualifies me for this weeks stupidity award.
posted by sgt.serenity at 7:10 AM on June 6, 2011


No problem, glad we figured it out.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:11 AM on June 6, 2011


So, uh, it actually was an ID-10T error?
posted by Justinian at 12:20 AM on June 7, 2011



So, uh, it actually was an ID-10T error?


I'm not clever enough to be one of them : )
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:35 AM on June 7, 2011


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