Hi, all. I thought I'd post some pictures of the map add-on that I did for my forum.
We are a group of teardrop owners (ultra-miniature RVs) and for a few years I maintained a google map with a pin for each user. It's tough to keep something like this current, but it was a big hit with my users.
So, I did the following mod that integrates a profile driven map into my forum.
Registered users can view the map.
Pins are colored according to RV type.
All data is live (directly from user profiles) and clicking on a user name takes you to their profile page.
Each user that chooses to have their location shown on the map also has a mini-map in their profile.
Profile edit screen allows users to enable/disable their pin, and edit the custom fields that contribute data to their pin.
(Also, users are able to select a special "On the Road" pin to let everyone know when they are out touring the country.)
I understand that this isn't the place for discussing this kind of thing in detail, so if anybody is interested in knowing more, send me a PM.
P.S. This would not have been possible without a few very helpful pointers from Gizmo. Thanks!