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Farcaster
05-17-2007, 04:49 PM
Hello, all. I'm pleased to announce some new enhancements to our player database.

Player Registry Search Tool
The Player Registry is now integrated with Google Maps, so that whenever you do a proximity zip/postal code search, you'll also see a map of the area and markers for each player who matched your search criteria. At the moment, you will only see the map when you do a search by zip or postal code, but in the near future, you'll be able to do a more specific search down to the address level. Also note that when there are more than one page of results--more than 100 matches--the map only shows you the players who are on the current page you are looking at. (Example Attached)

Player Profiles
If a member has a recognized address, you will also now be presented with a browsable Google map showing you where there user is.

Additionally, members can now specify a specific street address in their profile (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/profile.php?do=editprofile). This street address is not shown to other users, but will more accurately place your marker on the Google map, as well as providing better distance estimates to other users and events. This also helps to avoid stacking, which may put your marker below another user's if you are in the same zip code. Please note that other users can zoom on the Google map and see approximately where you live if you specify a specific street address. However, you can also put in the nearest crossroads in the street address, i.e. "Main and Jefferson," so that zooming in on the map will not reveal your specific location.

Enjoy!