After a bit of some more testing, I have some more feedback. This time it’s more focussed on what’s already there rather than on new features that would be nice.
I think that the search function could use some improvements. And how the results are displayed as well. For instance, I was testing out searching for Brussels in a few languages. In my test, I got to the capital of Belgium and Europe In German (Brüssel), French (Bruxelles) and English (Brussels). This might seem obvious, but wait for the Dutch.
When I search for the Dutch term for Brussels “Brussel”, I end up somewhere in Antwerp (Belgium). When I zoom in, I can see that there’s a business call “Brussel”. At this point, I should note that the maps function isn’t clear in what the result to a search exactly is. Sometimes it’s a city, sometimes a street and sometimes a building or business. For every search, the result is marked with a green marker on the map which is a great way to point to the result on the map, but it’s not clear at first sight what is marked. You need to zoom in to figure out what the result to your search is. That is, if you can figure this out (more on that later). This makes the maps feature a great tool to find and locate locations, but less so a tool to gather information about that location.
Nokia is a situation where I might mean the company or the town. When I search for “Nokia”, I end up in Antwerp. Zooming in results in a building in the centre of Antwerp without any label or indication as to why my search results to that location. If I go and look on OSM, I see that there’s a node for a telecom business called “Nokia”. This doesn’t show up on the Mojeek map.
A search of “Nokia Finland” results into the train station of Nokia. If I searched for “Nokia company”, I ended up in an untagged location in Kirkuk, Iraq. A search on OpenStreetMap.org taught me that there’s a dentist that doesn’t show up on Mojeek. Besides that, I also have to notice that the street name doesn’t show up on Mojeek. Is this because of the Arabic names? I also discovered that there is a telecom office with the words “nokia” and “company” in the English name on the resulting location for my “Nokia company” search.
I tried a few other “Nokia” related searches, but the most notable mention that I have to report is that “Nokia hq” results in the village of Nokia.
Searching for Boston, I ended up in England, while the USA version is bigger. When searching for Belgium, I ended up in the country which is bigger than the USA town. So there doesn’t seem to be a preference for bigger. A search for “New York” results in the village in the county Tyne and Wear. I’m starting to think that there’s a preference for location outside the USA
Showing icons for nodes
Some nodes in OSM get an icon that is shown in Mojeek maps as well. One of those nodes is that of a garden. I’m not sure if this garden node is intended for private gardens around houses, but I came across an area where this node is used in such way
The amount of gardens here might be distracting of other, more important locations.
So now I wonder if this is something we should fix on OpenStreetmap or this is something where OpenStreetMap is filled in correctly, but the Mojeek side needs some tweeking?
So far my testing for now. I’ll probably try out some more stuff later on. If I have more remarks, I’ll let you know.