Change to Location field parsing
Short, concise description of the idea
A post option or journal configuration flag that prevents text entered in a post's 'location' field from being parsed as a Google Maps link.
Full description of the idea
A lot of users slip silly places into the Location field of their posts, or information that LJ's software can't properly translate into a usable Google Maps URI. Rather than add junk hyperlinks to journal entries, a per-user or per-post option to prevent that field from being parsed might be added.
- Potentially eliminates junk links from silly entries like 'under the bed' or 'behind you', as well as from incorrectly formatted 'real' locations.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- Yet another option for users to toggle when posting.
- Not as transparent as the current arrangement.
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
- Adding a 'Parse for Google Maps?' checkbox next to the Location field, or with the other per-post options would probably work best. The parsing code is already in; this is just a matter of putting it behind an IF...THEN statement.