For reviewers

Actions – see below for more information

N.B. The WordPress plugin I have used refers to everything as a Store. I had some success in translating store to review or place. I have now been defeated by an update. My aim is to solve the problem in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, just assume that store means place.

  • Add a review — This will take you via the log-in screen if necessary.
  • Log-in — Use this option to log-in. This gives you the Edit link at the bottom of your reviews. I would be pleased to hear from members whether they think that we should all be able to edit or update each other’s reviews.
  • Log-out — Only if you want to. Only really needed if you are sharing this computer account with somebody else.

How To

Edit a review

If you are not logged in, use the link above to do so using the link above or the address or typing https://quietcorners.org.uk/wp-login.php into your browser search bar. All your reviews will then have an edit link at the bottom. Please follow the advice in the Guidelines section below.

You can use the little toolbar at the top of the edit panel to edit in Visual Mode or Text Mode. If you know a little HTML, you can sort out problems using text mode. If you get stuck, send me  a message! You can add hyperlinks to other sites or pages by using the chain button.

Add a review

Click the link at the top of this page. The same comments as above apply. Once again, please follow the advice in the Guidelines section below.

Tips

  1. A very useful tip for Android is to save an icon on your phone’s home screen. Just search for www.quietcorners.org.uk, then, once the site loads, tap on the vertical dots at the top-right of your browser, then select Add to Home Screen. You should then see the loudspeaker icon in the first free spot on your home screens.
  2. For those who are not very tech-savvy, once you have performed a search, you can maximise the resulting Google map by tapping on the little white box near the top right. That makes it much easier to use the map on a mobile.
  3. If you have any questions, just send me a message.

Navigating & Searching

  1. The big bad loudspeaker at the top of every page is the Home button! To find a review by name, use the Search box. The main function of the site is to search for places by location. At the moment, you have to enter your position. When I have the time, I will fix it so that you can use your current location. My problem, I think, is ignorance.
  2. On a computer (not on a phone), when you click on a review on the map, it opens a new tab. This is to maintain your context in the original map. To get back to the search page, just close the review page. You should know how to do this: on a Mac, it’s Cmd-W, in Windows it’s Ctrl-W, and, if you use Linux, you will know how.
  3. On Android, to close a review, just use the back button (bottom-left on Samsung, bottom-right on most other phones). I will check how it is done on iPhones once I have talked to a rich friend.
  4. N.B. If you are in the process of adding or editing a review, you will have to choose whether to publish, save or discard your work before you get to see the big loudspeaker.

Logging In

  1. If you want to log-in to post a review, just use the Add a Review shortcut at the top of this page. You will be taken to the login screen if you are not already logged in. I have configured the site so that it usually assumes that you are who you were last time you visited the site. If you are using a public computer, it is likely to be in kiosk mode, and will forget everything when you log out of Windows (I have never come across public computers that use anything other than Windows).
  2. The login and log-out links are also at the top of this page. If you use the log-in link, you land in the  Dashboard. There, if you have nothing better to do, you can fiddle with a few personal settings. If not, just click on on the little House, then Visit Site to enter the site. There is no obvious reason to log out, unless you are on a public computer. The system will usually remember that you are logged in.

Conversion to the new site.

NEW FEATURES

  • Searching for reviews by place is simple. Although you can now use the Site Search option to find anything by name, that is not the purpose of the site. Once I figure out the changes needed, you will be able to search based on your current location, subject to your allowing Google to know where you are.
  • The site is now usable on mobile phones.
  • The new site will act as a platform for future mobile phone apps (if there is demand).
  • Software upgrades are much easier to apply to the new site.

What i AM DOING

I have converted the existing site from Drupal to WordPress. You will see changes over the next few weeks. Some things are still missing, but I think that the improvements are worth having now.

The features of the old site are that are not yet available are:

  • You cannot add comments. I will fix this . You can see existing comments.
  • the author’s user-name does not appear at the bottom of reviews,
  • the classifications of the place reviewed (ditto),
  • the pages of general information (again, I have not lost them but they need thorough revision and, mostly, discarding),
  • discussion forums. They will not be replaced unless there is a great demand for them. It would not be a difficult job. Perhaps, they would be better attached to the PipeDown site. What do you think?

Suggestions

Please make any suggestions and report any problems by sending me a message using the contact form at the bottom of this page. If you have any suggestions that might interest Nigel, you can either contact him in the usual way, or I can forward them to him.

Posting reviews

Guidelines

  1. I have used a WordPress plugin called WP Store Locator to capture them. Reviewers will see the term Store used in some places, particularly in the menus. Anybody browsing the site will only see terms like places and reviews, not stores.
  2. The format is much the same. The main difference is that we no longer have a separate field for the factual information. Instead, there is a range of fields for such information at the bottom of the page. For existing reviews, I have transferred the factual data to the bottom of the review and put it in bold type.
  3. You should create hyperlinks in your reviews by clicking the little chain button in the toolbar. Generally, click the chain then click the little gearwheel that will appear. You can then enter both the text for the link as the link and the web address of the target page. If the destination is a page outside the Quiet Corners site, please tick the “open link in a new tab” checkbox. That way the user does not lose their context in Quiet Corners.
  4. The address format includes some fields that are compulsory including City. Unless City is included, the system will not perform a location lookup with Google. It does not matter if the “city” is a hamlet. Then click the Preview Location button on the right. If you end up in the middle of the Atlantic, try again, or save the review and send me a message. So far, I have, with a bit of research, fixed fifty odd locations.
  5. Note that in Preview Location, you can actually drag the marker on the map to exactly where you want it to appear. The latitude and longitude are then updated when you save your review.

Please follow these guidelines. If you have any trouble or you think these guidelines are wrong, just send me a message using the contact form and I will try to get back to you with an explanation as quickly as I can.

I know that this is a very brief overview. Please let me know how I can improve it. Meanwhile, I will turn to filling the known lacunae.

  • Reviewers user-name is missing from the bottom of the review pages.
  • Currently, place-type filtering is missing. It does work, so please make sure you tick all the relevant boxes when creating a review. Meanwhile I am going to update the values on the existing reviews. My question is whether this facility is worth the amount of space it takes on the screen on a mobile phone. Perhaps I should do more work on this.
  • The place-types should also appear on the bottom of the review pages.
  • Login and log-out are a bit clunky. I will code replacements. All the WordPress plugins I have tried are poor.
  • The user-location is not used as the default for searching. I must do a bit more reading.
  • I think that the search should be right at the top of the front. I will move all the blurb to a sub-page.
  • There are more items for this list. I will add them as I remember them.

Data Protection

This version of the site is hosted in London as opposed to the old Quiet Corners, which was hosted in California.

Despite the location based facility, we have no idea where you are! Your phone will know, you may have shared it with Google, but not with us.

The only personal data held on the site are:

  1. Your name – unless you used a pseudonym,
  2. Your user-name and when your account was created,
  3. Your reviews, comments etc. These are all visible (or will be, once I fix the problem that makes comments invisible).

I will delete all the current forum posts to maintain the accuracy of the above list.

As before, your password is not held on the site or anywhere else (except in your head, or wherever else you choose to put it).

I have now installed SSL (the https rather than http shows that). As a result, all communication between your browser and the site is secure. This should not be important, but, should you be unwise enough to use the same password for Quiet Corners as for your most secret data, that password will not be visible to any wire-tappers. Note that the old site did not have this transport security. It used to be expensive!

Updates

I will update this page as soon as I make any changes to the site.