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Feature Request: Pocket Queries

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Hi,

 

I use PQs a lot and they are very helpful but the function has not been updated since years.

Therefore would suggest two additional filters:

1) "has corrected coordinates"

2) "has more than X favorite points"

 

thx in advance

Stefan

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I would also add:

3) "has Personal Cache Note"

4) "has more than X% Favorite points"

 

Note that the search function for caches with a Personal Cache Note has a reported bug, where it continues to include caches where the owner has erased the Personal Cache Note. It would be nice not to incorporate this bug into the PQ system.

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I mean, sure, OK, I see the advantage of those features, but to me they pale compared with the annoying behavior of scrolling up to the top of the PQ list every time I click on a day-of-the-week to run one of the PQs in the list. I rarely run only a single PQ, and I have to scroll down over and over for each one of them.

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23 hours ago, dprovan said:

I mean, sure, OK, I see the advantage of those features, but to me they pale compared with the annoying behavior of scrolling up to the top of the PQ list every time I click on a day-of-the-week to run one of the PQs in the list. I rarely run only a single PQ, and I have to scroll down over and over for each one of them.

I ctrl/cmd click each check box and it turns it on in a new tab. When I'm done, the most recent tab has all of the queries checked. But yes, the PQ list page needs to turn on/off pocket queries without a page refresh, or at the very least, allow for multiple checks with a submit button at the top AND bottom of the list (perhaps at the top with the days of the week, with those headers being sticky as we scroll down).

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1 minute ago, Mineral2 said:

But yes, the PQ list page needs to turn on/off pocket queries without a page refresh, or at the very least, allow for multiple checks with a submit button at the top AND bottom of the list

 

Tampermonkey an GCLh (in Firefox) to the rescue 😎

I just click a maximum of 10 PQ in the highlighted column (today) without refreshing the page.

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43 minutes ago, on4bam said:

Tampermonkey an GCLh (in Firefox) to the rescue 😎

I just click a maximum of 10 PQ in the highlighted column (today) without refreshing the page.

I wish Groundspeak would learn from the various hacks people use to fix their user interface, and update their user interface so those hacks aren't needed any more. But that should be a separate thread, I suppose...

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1 hour ago, on4bam said:

 

Tampermonkey an GCLh (in Firefox) to the rescue 😎

I just click a maximum of 10 PQ in the highlighted column (today) without refreshing the page.

Well, that works (in Chrome too). However, there are a few other changes that GCLh makes that I'm not so fond of. It will take me some time to figure out how to customize it without breaking it, being that I'm not a javascripter. 

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12 hours ago, niraD said:

I wish Groundspeak would learn from the various hacks people use to fix their user interface, and update their user interface so those hacks aren't needed any more.

Don't hold your breath. It's been like that as long as I care to remember. In fact Greasemonkey and later Tampermonkey have hardly been used for anything else but the GC site.

 

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On 7/10/2019 at 2:21 PM, RedHunters said:

Hi,

 

I use PQs a lot and they are very helpful but the function has not been updated since years.

Therefore would suggest two additional filters:

1) "has corrected coordinates"

2) "has more than X favorite points"

 

thx in advance

Stefan

 

I would be glad to have "has corrected coordinates" as a filter.

 

Today I maintain several regional LISTs with my solved mysteries.

Then I exclude the mysteries from the regional query and do the second query from the regional list.

The additional filter 1) would be helpfull and I could drop all the lists.

 

Regards, teddy.66

 

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On 7/10/2019 at 2:21 PM, RedHunters said:

Hi,

 

I use PQs a lot and they are very helpful but the function has not been updated since years.

1) "has corrected coordinates"

2) "has more than X favorite points"

 

Especially the "has corrected coordinates" is hardly missing! I use GPX a lot, because I'm often in areas with none or at least very, very bad internet.

 

This property must go into the GPX file itself!

 

The benefit of GPX files, which are technically only XML files, are, that they can be enhanced easily. Just another property, that's it. If an importing software can't handle this new property, it simply ignore it. Groundspeak may also create a new GPX version - just to be sure - so that users can select.

 

"Number of favorite points" would also be great.

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2 hours ago, Flachmann said:

Especially the "has corrected coordinates" is hardly missing! I use GPX a lot, because I'm often in areas with none or at least very, very bad internet.

 

This property must go into the GPX file itself!

 

The benefit of GPX files, which are technically only XML files, are, that they can be enhanced easily. Just another property, that's it. If an importing software can't handle this new property, it simply ignore it. Groundspeak may also create a new GPX version - just to be sure - so that users can select.

 

"Number of favorite points" would also be great.

Yes, this would be great. But it also requires that Garmin also update its filtering abilities to utilize this information. For API apps, this information is available through API downloads. Though I agree that if Garmin were to make changes, it would be in response to Groundspeak adding this data to the GPX files first.

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I don't see why Groundspeak needs to wait for Garmin, or other vendors.

 

GPX is a specialised XML file. So, new properties and attributes are simply ignored by the reading software. We already have a lots of attributes in the GPX (XML) that are not important for Garmin, or other vendors, at all. So logically they are simply ignored during import. Of course, vendors need to enhance their import jobs, if the want to make use of the new properties / attributes. But as long as they don't these new items are simply not available.

 

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2 hours ago, Flachmann said:

So, new properties and attributes are simply ignored by the reading software.

In theory, yes.

 

And in theory, theory and practice are the same. But in practice, they aren't.

 

In the past, when Groundspeak has added properties and attributes to the GPX format, it has broken devices and software that assumed the previous version of the GPX format. Groundspeak needed to continue to provide the old version of the GPX format for those who needed it.

 

If (when?) they update the GPX format again, they will need to continue to provide the old versions as well.

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11 hours ago, niraD said:

In theory, yes.

:rolleyes:  True, sadly bad coding always is an issue. :unsure:

 

But this also could easily be handled by a "format selector" (like it was available in the past for GPX versions 1.0 and 1.1). That selector simply offers to either create GPX' (old) 1.1 format, or (new) 1.2 format (or whatever version it might get). That way GPX for old devices could get their format, and better coded devices or utilities could use the new format.

 

But waiting for another company like Garmin to support something that does not exist results in simply "never".

 

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Sometimes I wish I worked at Groundspeak so I could learn of all the behind-the-scenes stuff the public aren't privy to that actually does inhibit the implementation of many of these suggestions, and that the staff and developers at the company all love and wish they could implement the great suggestions posted in the forum over the years...

Then I wake up.

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