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Forum topic by Elizabeth posted 12-28-2011 01:13 AM 1453 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2011 01:13 AM

I don’t understand how to use the “Shops” tab on the top of the page. In map view it doesn’t show everyone (which it also tells you) and I don’t show up on it, so I don’t know who else in my area might also not be on it. But in list view, there doesn’t seem to be any way to sort by…well, anything: location, country, state, zip code…

So my question is, how do I use this tab to find shops near me? Or is that not what it’s for – is it just a random cross section of member shops?

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#1 posted 12-28-2011 01:37 AM

I don’t know, Elizabeth. It looks like the shops on the map change as you go through the pages listed at the bottom. So, presumably, if you got to the right page, your workshop would be there. And the point is???? :-)

It would be an interesting feature if it worked the way one would expect, meaning that all the workshops were on one map, and you could zoom in on an area and see all the nearby shops. As it is, unless I’m missing something, I don’t see much usefulness to this feature.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-28-2011 02:47 AM

Well, at least it’s not just me! Thanks. :)

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 06:13 AM

You can zoom in and select the shop..a small callout should pop up with basic info about the shop

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#4 posted 12-28-2011 06:53 AM

Yes shops by geographic location. How is that useful??? It would be better if it was similar to Projects I think.

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 12-28-2011 06:59 AM

It isn’t a really useful tab from what I have seen. The shops shown on the map are restricted to the ones listed on the page. If the pages were sorted by region or state it would be more useful as then you would see the shops in your area.

-- A posse ad esse

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#6 posted 12-28-2011 07:11 AM

When you look at the list view, they seem to be listed in chronological order. Newest ones are the ones you see first, older ones further back. The whole map thing doesn’t really work, which everyone’s figured out.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#7 posted 12-28-2011 03:52 PM

Karen, initially I thought as you do – that they were listed chronologically. However, a few times in the past, I scrolled through 20 or 30 pages looking for others in Atlanta or North/Central Georgia and found some repeats listed. I checked the column headings to see if sorting by region, zip, etc. was an option and it wasn’t.

Is there someone we can contact with suggestions? This is a GREAT site so, like most other members, I’ve focused on the resources it provides rather than the few deficiencies I’ve noticed. But this would be a helpful improvement. Thanks for posting, Elizabeth.

-- Bob, Atlanta

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#9 posted 12-28-2011 04:25 PM

IMNTBHO, the Shops map is worthless … never have been able to figure out what it might be good for.

I am, however, interested in seeing other LJ’s shops, and check for new entries daily.

I created a shortcut ( ) that takes me directly to the list of shops. I just wish there was a way to tell when a new entry was added.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 12-29-2011 01:52 AM

thanks for the feedback. Many ideas have been tossed around re: shops/regions.

The map became “overworked” by the huge numbers of members and now only shows a limited number of shops at one time.
At this time, I think that the best way to find people in your region is to post a blog/forum topic with the region in the title.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 12-29-2011 02:01 AM

I too find the “shops” page useless; scrolling through hundreds of map pages randomly looking for other LJ’s in your area is a PITA. This topic has been brought up multiple times over the last year on LJ’s; still wish there was some useful way to sort the shops.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#12 posted 12-30-2011 01:55 AM

Let’s see if this works. I did a quick little map of the first 10 pages (there’s a lot of them!) of LJ’s workshops:

Quick & dirty map of Lumberjock users workshops

It should be pretty easy to ‘fix’ the shops tab to display a more accurate (although not perfect, as many members have either not filled out their location at all, or not ‘properly’) map of workshops. Being a map-junkie, and doing GIS work for a 9-5 job, I too would love to see the workshops tab working as one might expect. If I can be of any help in this regard, I’d be happy to assist.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe, and hammer to fit.

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#13 posted 12-30-2011 01:58 AM

I tried your link, Mpeterson, but it told me I had to log in to Google to view it and then told me I didn’t have the permissions to view it.

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#14 posted 12-30-2011 02:00 AM

I’m glad I read this; I thought I was seeing all the shops on the map.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#15 posted 12-30-2011 02:59 AM

Sorry about that Elizabeth – here’s a link that should work for you (and everyone else!).

Lumberjocks Workshop Map

Maybe this is a better example of what people expect to see from the Workshops tab. Keep in mind this is a very quick & dirty map; the formatting & what information is displayed could be further refined if the owners/admins of Lumberjocks choose to pursue it.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe, and hammer to fit.

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