It’s spring cleaning time and with that we implemented a really cool new feature for improving the content within the existing spots. Based on that, we are going another step towards being the Wikipedia for photo spots.
In our last monthly newsletter we asked the community to rate the idea of being able to edit any spot on the platform. The results were pretty one sided and 87% voted positively for the idea. That’s why we immediately started to implement this feature. When we went live with Locationscout, our first goal was obviously to increase the number of spots on the platform, because without a critical number Locationscout wouldn’t be valuable for anybody. Since we already reached over 25.000 beautiful photos that were shared within spots all around the world, we will now try to add more and more features to improve the existing quality step by step. We already started this initiative last summer by adding the Behind the Scenes feature to every spot.
We strongly believe in communities and that this is the best way to create something really big. Everybody of you guys has a different opinion, different preferences and most notably different knowledge about all these beautiful places. Let’s use this strength to make new and existing spots easier to find and to enjoy for anybody.
This spot at Fischerinsel Skyscraper is a great example why the new feature makes so much sense, because when Robert and I wanted to visit this place in Berlin a few weeks ago, there was nearly no information in the description itself (besides the comments below - thank you guys!). So we had no idea how we can get up there and how much space we would have for the tripods. We didn’t even know, that you can enjoy this amazing view from 20 different floors and that the highest one isn’t the best one for a straight angle photo. Now that everybody can add these important details, it’s hopefully so much easier to find these places in the future.
How it works
The new edit feature is explained pretty quickly. If you are logged in, you will see a little pen behind the title and every content item (description, photography tips, travel information) of a spot. Clicking on this icon will enable the edit mode. By saving your changes afterwards, they will be visible to the Mods of the platform as a suggested change they just need to approve. To give credit to these changes, we already added a footnote to every spot, which is showing who created the spot and who improved it with different kinds of content (change suggestions, additional images or behind the scenes photos). As soon as your change went live, you will receive a notification and 10 reputation points per spot.
It’s also planned for the future, that experienced users will be able to change the spots immediately or maybe that the community can vote for suggested changes. Nevertheless it’s important for us to gather some learnings first and start improving this feature afterwards step by step based on your feedback and ideas.
As always we would love to hear your opinion about these latest changes in the comments below!