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Folk Map of the UK - new website

jimL 14 Nov 05 - 05:31 AM
greg stephens 14 Nov 05 - 05:37 AM
Richard Bridge 14 Nov 05 - 05:51 AM
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Nick 14 Nov 05 - 06:05 AM
jimL 14 Nov 05 - 06:13 AM
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Morticia 14 Nov 05 - 07:11 AM
MBSLynne 14 Nov 05 - 07:19 AM
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Leadfingers 14 Nov 05 - 07:47 AM
Mr Red 14 Nov 05 - 07:50 AM
jimL 14 Nov 05 - 09:39 AM
jimL 15 Nov 05 - 05:21 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 15 Nov 05 - 06:28 AM
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Subject: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 05:31 AM

I have embarked on a new project - a website which allows club, event, festival etc. organisers to "pin" their events on the map of the UK.

I have previewed this with the members of uk.music.folk newsgroup, and it is holding up well, so I am now inviting you to have a look at it too.

www.folkmap.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 05:37 AM

WEll, it sounds a great scheme, but I have ntl cabletv internet access, and I couldnt see anything! Which is not uncommon on sites with any kind of complicated visual stuff.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 05:51 AM

I suspect there are a number of paranoids like me who have cookies OFF - full stop.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 05:58 AM

I'm sure that folk north west would tell you where ther are about ten festivals and eighty clubs


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Nick
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 06:05 AM

Excellent idea and worked fine for me. I'll add a couple of venues on later once I've registered.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 06:13 AM

"I'm sure that folk north west would tell you where ther are about ten festivals and eighty clubs"

As it says in the site organisers need to post their own events, that's the only way to keep stuff current.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 06:30 AM

"I suspect there are a number of paranoids like me who have cookies OFF - full stop. "

I think the cookie is about the least dangerous thing in my life - I mean you can *choke* on /cornflakes/!

Scott Nealy from Sun Microsystems said "You *have* no privacy - get over it"

Seriously, the only cookie which this website uses contains your log-on identity, and expires after 24 hours.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Morticia
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 07:11 AM

excellent, thank you!


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: MBSLynne
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 07:19 AM

Looks brilliant to me. Nothing anywhere near us yet though. I'll put the NW Leicestershire Quarter sessions on when I get a minute

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: GUEST,mick
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 07:28 AM

the map's a great idea , but are you including Ireland in the UK ? It wouldn't go down well over here .


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 07:42 AM

Brilliant, and the zoom feature is spectacularly good.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: gnomad
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 07:43 AM

Excellent idea! A wee bit slow to load on dial-up, but with so much detail that is to be expected.

I will be alerting a few organisers to this one. Thanks to Jim for setting the thing going.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 07:47 AM

Looks useful to me ! Just tell all the organisers you know about this facility so they can be included !


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Mr Red
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 07:50 AM

Very good idea.

There is no links page. This may happen in due course. It is what the web does best - it brings as many surfers as it diverts but it Brings more than not having any links. The trick is to get people to cross-link (reciprocate) - I try to do this on http://cresby.com but inevtiably I am more interested in the information so link to many people

- though if you have a Flash movie I may not - they tell us nothing text can't and usually are so poorly executed they take forever to load and have no bypass.

Can't tell if this site has Flash yet - because I am at work, but don't detect the giveaways..


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 09:39 AM

"Can't tell if this site has Flash yet - because I am at work, but don't detect the giveaways.. "

Ha ha - no flash. I aim for fast loading - that's one of the reasons why the actual map isn't on the "landing" page - and it will get faster - this is, when all is said and done, a "first cut". I'm exposing it slowly to pick up any obvious glitches, because it's much easier to fix stuff when you're not dealing with masses of data. *And* I don't want to have to ask people to reinput their pin data, so the important thing at this stage is that the storage on the server doesn't have to change, and that the front end is useable /enough/.

J


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 05:21 AM

====From: GUEST,mick - PM
Date: 14 Nov 05 - 07:28 AM

the map's a great idea , but are you including Ireland in the UK ? It wouldn't go down well over here . ====

Thanks for that - I've made it "UK and Eire" - will that be OK do you think?

cheers Jim


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 06:28 AM

I certainly liked what I could see of it, but it took AGES to download and then never completely did. I also tried clicking on some of the links but got fed up staring at a blank screen waiting for something to happen. I use Firefox, have Windows XP on a fairly powerful (new) home computer, and had Java & Javascript enabled, which I don't usually do. Cookies turned on also. Anyone else have these problems?

I'd like to be able to use it - it's a fantastic idea and what I could see of it looked great. Any suggestions, Jim?


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 07:47 AM

Strange Bonny. You seem to have a similar set up to me and I have no problems Are you on broadband or dial up?


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 07:47 AM

I mean Bonnie of course!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Mr Happy
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 07:58 AM

kept getting Slovakia!


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 08:10 AM

>I use Firefox, have Windows XP on a fairly powerful (new) home computer,

Any up-to-date machine work - this is 3 year's old, though it was a beast in it's youth. It's much more to do with the internet connection.

>and had Java & Javascript enabled, which I don't usually do. Cookies >turned on also.

Java you don't need.

In Firefox you can set so that cookies expire when you close FF. - in tools-> option ->privacy -> cookies


>Anyone else have these problems?

>I'd like to be able to use it - it's a fantastic idea and what I >could see of it looked great. Any suggestions, Jim?

Well it takes less than one second from clicking the "Click to see the map" button to a completed download. (that's firefox)

IE is a good bit slower - say 7 seconds.

This is Windows XP, Athlon 1.7 GHz, 500Mb Memory on a 600Kb broadband connection.

I would suspect a firewall or virus checking problem.

JL


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: s&r
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 10:16 AM

Current clubs

Stu


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 11:20 AM

Thanks Stu, but this is absolutely *not* a place for people to shove in loads of possibly out of date data - see www.tykesnews.org.uk/filofolk which I also have the job of running - I have no idea what's up to date - and the only way to find out would be to ring up every single entry, and then do it again in 3 months time.

People have to maintain their own entries either directly or through an intermediary.Makes that clear on the website as well.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: PennyBlack
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 01:58 PM

Updated with the events we help run (and will keep them updated ;-)

had trouble correcting posts even though I followed the instructions, will see if it take time to update, if not I'll delete and re-post the corrected spellings Doh!

PB


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Mr Red
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 03:39 PM

Google Maps inform me I need IE 6

Which I have at work - but how the hell can I test my website if I install anything my target audience don't all have?

If Jim's folk maps don't work it may be a browser thing. And the thing about browsers is snooping and locking you in to their system. Be it M$ or Opera or Firefox. There is money in it for them.

If Google maps is so useful what ever happened to Streetmap and Multimap which work on all graphical browsers. And most of us know where a town is - and if not there is always a link to multimap - for locating which is what I do on cresby.com


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 04:19 PM

Nope - virus checking & firewall are not the problem. I'm on dial-up still - am in a farmhouse in rural Ireland, not Eircom's prime concern it seems.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 04:39 PM

Looks good to me and came up very fast. I'll have a word with a couple of organisers and see if they want me to put details on for them (speak it quietly but I don't think they have the internet).
What happens if a club closes and nobody thinks to update your map. Do you have a time limit for entries so that details have to be resubmitted to keep things current?


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: treewind
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 07:54 AM

"Do you have a time limit for entries...?"

On uk.music.folk somebody suggested a sort of "dead man's handle" device, where the submitter has to respond to a periodic email to confirm that the entry is still valid. No response, entry eventually dies (presumably after a few warnings have been sent and ignored)

Looks like a good idea to me if it can be done automatically.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 10:04 AM

"Nope - virus checking & firewall are not the problem. I'm on dial-up still - am in a farmhouse in rural Ireland, not Eircom's prime concern it seems. "

Oh, well that's it - just dial up. Let's see, with firefox it takes around 2-5 secs to get the initial page of pins - that's mostly the map, I think. The pin data is trivial, and it will also depend on how many Americans are bashing Google's server - fewest in the AM.

Now if it takes say 5 seconds on 600 Kb, it will take erm erm at least a minute on 56Kb.

I have an idea how to make this more useful for people like you - won't happen straight away, but it's interesting. Thanks for trying.

I'll post here and in u.m.f. when I've come up with something.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 10:09 AM

"On uk.music.folk somebody suggested a sort of "dead man's handle" device, where the submitter has to respond to a periodic email to confirm that the entry is still valid. No response, entry eventually dies (presumably after a few warnings have been sent and ignored)

Looks like a good idea to me if it can be done automatically.

Anahata"

There will be - there will be an automatic "nag" email, which will just require a click on a link to confirm the event is still extant. This is why I'm keen that people who run events post for themselves, or for sessions say, that they are frequent members who know if the session is still running.

JL


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 10:19 AM

>Google Maps inform me I need IE 6

Or Firefox, or Opera, or Mozilla, or Netscape ... latest versions - or Safari

>If Jim's folk maps don't work it may be a browser thing.

There's a clear explantion of what browsers will work on the website.

>If Google maps is so useful what ever happened to Streetmap and >Multimap which work on all graphical browsers.

I found this interesting explanation of just that here.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: The Villan
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 10:26 AM

I have posted my club on.

However, I never respond to e-mails asking me to click on a link, due to all the fraud e-mails.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 11:06 AM

Hey, wow, guys. All I have to do now is:
1)Win the lottery;
2)print out a bunch of different zoom-placements of the map;
3)renew my passport;
4)run down to my local, friendly neigborhood airport;
and--
5)INVADE GREAT BRITAIN!!!!! (just a tick--Hitler and his whole army couldn't do it...I know--I'll call Giok and Micca and Catsp. and get help.....)
I'll warn y'all if #1 happens.                   Tw


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Lancashire Lad
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 11:32 AM

Doesnt load using Mac native browser Safari nor on the Mac version of IE.

If it helps, I'm using
Max OSX 10.2.8

Safari 1.0.3
IE 5.2 for Mac

Tried with / without firewall
cookie enabled

Hope it helps, cos I'm sure this will be a valuable resource.
Cheers
LL


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 01:44 PM

Thank you LL,

but the front page points you to the support forum, where you'll find what browsers work on Mac, etc see here

JL


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: GUEST,Dave M
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 02:17 PM

Hi Jim, great idea and very useful. However I registered last night but I cannot log in, even though my info seems to be in the system as I cannot re register using the same info. Can people contact you without going through Mudcat


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 06:16 PM

"Can people contact you without going through Mudcat "
Hello Dave,

Yes, the email address is a bit obscure - on the "help" page. Or, you can join the forum at www.folkmap.co.uk/forum.

This is the email.

But see item 10 here first

JL


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 06:41 PM

"Seriously, the only cookie which this website uses contains your log-on identity, and expires after 24 hours."

Yeah. Other websites say that too, and how do I know it when I get a cookie warning?

You may be a trustworthy nice guy (and the idea is great) but how do I know?

If you want really really have to plant cookies, put a prominent warning on your front page. This may be legally necessary.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 03:47 AM

Jim,
I like it,
Roger Knowles


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Gervase
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 04:15 AM

Works very well on a middle-aged Mac running Safari 1.3.1 on OSX v 10.3.9. Looks like this could turn into an excellent resource - congrats Jim!


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 04:59 AM

Thanks to Roger and Gervase for the kind words...

With reference to the use of cookies, (I now find I've set mine to expire one hour after last use) - anyone would think they were the "black spot" - see the FAQ

cheers, Jim


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: GUEST,mick
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 09:25 AM

Jim , UK and Eire or just Ireland would be fine . Could you include The Cobblestones ,Smithfield , Dublin in the map . Session venues tend to move about in Dublin ,but the Cobblestones has been going for a few years now and hopefully will be around for a lot longer


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 10:31 AM

Could you include The Cobblestones ,Smithfield , Dublin in the map . Session venues tend to move about in Dublin ,but the Cobblestones has been going for a few years now and hopefully will be around for a lot longer

Hi Mick. The idea is that someone associated with the club, session or event should do it themselves, so that they control their own "pin" - and destiny :-)!


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Gillie
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 12:16 PM

Rxcellant Jim, our clubs now on (Guisborough)

Gillie


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 01:55 PM

A pain to use over a dial up connection. I am afraid that, given the reluctance of organisers to keep their entries up to date in other web based directories, it will be about as useful as EFDSS's late and unlamented Root Source site after a year or so.


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 04:51 PM

A pain to use over a dial up connection. I am afraid that, given the reluctance of organisers to keep their entries up to date in other web based directories, it will be about as useful as EFDSS's late and unlamented Root Source site after a year or so.

FAQ

It is clearly the case that shifting Googles tiles is not something you want to do on dial-up. There are ways round it, which I shall apply myself to in good time.

There are ways of keeping entries up to date. The most important which I have been pedalling from the start is that entries should be made by organisers, and that their contact details should be valid, so that you can get ongoing confirmation.

Another is having an application which is so attractive that it gets used. It is the knife in the draw which goes rusty, not the one in the hand.

Mmm - quite like that :-)


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Tootler
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 06:03 PM

Excellent site and good idea.

I like the map format. It makes it much easier to see where things are.

Is it OK to link from other pages?


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 06:35 PM

Like LL I have a Max OSX 10.2.8 and broad band but Im using Explorer . The site came up but the map sort of flashed in and out with a problem sign comming up leaving no way in .. Great Idea . Good luck . Guy


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 18 Nov 05 - 04:12 AM

Tootler : Is it OK to link from other pages?

Please do - the link should be to the domain name -

www.folkmap.co.uk

you should be seeing on that front page a button for "create link" -
if not refresh the page. That will actually create link code for you, if you like, and then you can mess with it to your hearts content :-)

cheers Jim


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Subject: RE: Folk Map of the UK - new website
From: jimL
Date: 18 Nov 05 - 04:17 AM

Guy: Like LL I have a Max OSX 10.2.8 and broad band but Im using Explorer . The site came up but the map sort of flashed in and out with a problem sign comming up leaving no way in

What works and doesn't (for PC and Mac) is documented
here.

cheers
Jim


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