Do we have a way to verify that all uploaded POIs are at least accurate?
Can we ask who ever uploaded them verified using any tools they like.
Those automated generator programs of location using address are good but sometimes they are not 100% bullet proof.
The problem with this automated one is your not sure that you are getting the exact place.
We want that everyone who downloaded our POIs be happy and they don't end up somewhere else (miles away) when they try to go to places especially if they are out of town.
I would be glad to personally go to every poi I uploaded to verify accuracy. But since I don't really have a lot of money, ($7 I think) if someone takes up a collection to fund the expedition, I'll be happy to go. I am on vacation now till the 2nd of January. Plenty of time to cover most of them. Besides POI_Verifier, how do we check the accuracy? I just uploaded the one with Dairy Queen. It's like 4,000+ locations. Come to think of it, all my POI's I upload have address to them. So if a user d/l it and find it isn't accurate, they have an address on the sreen. They can go there, get the long/lat and send them to me to fix. That might help.
The free poi's on the site are just by honor system, people aren't getting paid to make these files and it is just out of goodwill that people are taking the time out of their busy schedules.
I have found that people that find errors in the files are very quick about letting the author of the file know.
That is what I meant by raising up this issue. At the time you got to the wrong place(especially if you are out of town and you don't know the place). You just have wasted your time/gas going to the place. Then you are back to asking somebody where this this place it turned out your GPS is useless.
Customizing our POIs means at least they were really verified.
Let say for example your are out of town and suddenly you like to go to an outlet. You downloaded the POI here before you go to that trip. Suddenly you end up no where. Do you think you will be happy.
Just my one cent.
Maybe I'm just too perfectionist.
I include address with my POI's. So if you choose one and find it is wrong, you could always type the address in manually and go that way. When you get there, write the coordinates down and email the author, I am sure they will make the change and thank you for your help. I have d/l a few where there is no address to it. So if you go there and it isn't there, the only thing you can do is find the GO HOME and abandon it. Also email the author to tell them that entry is invalid and could be found. The creators try their best, but only the users can make it perfect.
one....verify the points of interests before you set out on the trip and make whatever changes to your local file as need be.
Second, is to save the actual coordinates once you do make it there and tell the author.
In most cases, you will find that the coordinates will get you close enough to be able to find it, at least that has been my experience.
Actually I have not had a bad experience yet. The truth is I don't want to have.
Currently I choose which POI I like and I verify them using google/map, google earth and mapsource. If there is no address I try to check in the web and updated what I have downloaded. I found some waypoints are correct some are not.
I only do this on the things I'm interested. Currently I'm working on fixing the list of outlets. I will email the author but what I noticed is I'm just duplicating what the author did. Also I'm adding the address if they are not available.
Maybe I'm just crazy.
Heck, the GPS isn't perfectly accurate.
I have made notes of a few of the PoI I have stopped by and want to improve on them. I will do this after the first of the year.
A lot of the inaccuracy that I have noticed is the GPS wanting to put the location on the street rather than a parking lot. I noticed two Publix locations were off a little bit. You never got close enough to the PoI to trip the "You have reached your destination" because the PoI was on the street but the parking lot entrance was at a different location. This is no big deal, but in Florida there are so many trees and shrubbery you might not see the location.
The Palm Beach airport PoI is out on the tarmac! But this could be the one that came with the device.
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