I'm disappointed as well in the Contributions view on Maps
- No way to filter by type
- I have a ton of photos that are useful that I've made public, but I don't care much about them. What I've put a ton of time and energy into are the spheres, and I want an easy way for someone (including myself!) to be able to just view my spheres. Views was perfect in this regard: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_mDyIkbItrcMDdJSXVuVVFITmM/view?usp=sharing
- No custom titles for spheres
- I also spent time crafting titles with actually useful information. I realize that most people uploading spheres did not do this, but for those of us who did, there's a reason we put in the effort! Just a few examples from recent spheres:Yellowstone - Doublet Pool with Lion Geyser Erupting in Background
(mine) vs Teton County
(Google Maps)Tokopah Falls - Sequoia National Park
(mine) vs Tulare County
- No photo sphere descriptions
- I also spent a huge amount of time attempting to give interesting, informative descriptions to my spheres. Again, this is one of those features that most uploaders to Views did not utilize, but I'd argue that those of us who did were generally the most passionate and provided some of the highest quality content. I loved that Views encouraged the addition of this extra, often highly valuable context, both through the website and through the community (+Adam Lasnik
and +Evan Rapoport
were really amazing at pushing this in the Views community when they were active on the project). Honestly, this is probably what I find saddest about Views shutting down. For an example, I loved writing commentary like this: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_mDyIkbItrceUNrYzNqZEZCNDQ/view?usp=sharing
- No dots on the map
- It was so nice to be able to use Views to view someone's profile and see dots on the map that represented the locations of their spheres and photos. This was quite engaging. Actually, in thinking about this further, what I really loved was the ability to browse to an area, then filter by photo spheres (thus just showing spheres on the map), and explore an area. Compared to Google Maps, I'd kill to have Views back just for this. Exploring the world for photo spheres using Maps is extremely clunky compared to Views.
I get the desire for unifying products. I hope that Maps incorporates more of what Views was. But, as it currently stands, I am disappointed.