Bringing people together using thematic maps
The combination of thematic maps and social features are a huge asset of Mapotic. In fact, we sometimes like to describe it as “a combination of Facebook Groups and Google Maps” due to its crowdsourcing possibility and to the user interaction possibilities. In one of our recent updates, we have further improved the comments and ratings features on our maps. Let’s have a look what’s new!
Enhanced social features
This update expands the customizability of the comments & ratings function.
We have split comments & ratings into two individual tabs. With the Admin Pro add-on, it is possible to only display selected tabs (or hide both). When the Comments or Ratings tabs are hidden by the map administrator, the existing comments and ratings are preserved and will be displayed again in case the map admin alters the settings again in the future.
All map (including free map) admins still have the option to allow/disable commenting and rating points of interest in their map.
We have also improved the Ratings function – users can now post a text review along with a star review. Preexisting ratings that do not include text will remain and contain default text. This feature is available for free thematic maps as well.
- Option to post a text along with a star review of a point of interest
- Added customizability for comments & ratings
- Ability to turn off comments & ratings
- Map owner has more control over the user interaction
Avoid abusive content
Some maps may experience issues regarding spam or abusive content being added to their map, devaluing their efforts in building a strong community.
Hence, we have added the option to require administrator approval of every comment added to the map. After activation, new comments added to the map will be unpublished until the map administrator reviews them and publishes them manually.