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Flokkr Places (Phase 1)

As lockdowns are slowly being eased around the world we’re happy to announce the release of the first stage of “Flokkr Places”.

Flokkr Places is a city guide mapping gay bars, restaurants, saunas, support groups and any other physical places that are of interest specifically to LGBT+ people. This “gay city guide” is openly accessible to everybody on the internet, i.e. the basic features don’t even require a Flokkr account.

Flokkr Places is a crowdsourced database, which means all Flokkr users can contribute with their local knowledge by adding and updating places, upload photos and, of course, rate and review places.

The rate/review feature will be launched in one week from now, on Saturday 20th June 2020 at noon (BST). This is to let all places added by then gain ratings from the same moment (we will try to contact as many place owners as possible to make them aware).

Please help us!

So, during this first phase, we would like to encourage you to check out the new Places section at https://flokkr.com/places and add missing places that are of interest for LGBTQ+ people or enhance the existing entries by suggesting an edit or by uploading a photo if you happen to have one.

At the beginning we will manually review all edit suggestions before they are published.

Please remember, places must be related to the LGBTQ+ community in some way; a prime example would be a gay bar, of course. If a place is not obviously “gay”, but very popular and regularly frequented by LGBTQ people, then that’s just as good, but please don’t add you local pizzeria just because they tolerate gay visitors. There will be some grey areas, but you can always ask if you’re not sure. Don’t forget, it will be a database from LGBT+ people for LGBT+ people.

The user interface for adding and editing places may not be perfect yet. If you experience any problems, please let us know – we’re happy to help.

The minimum data required to add a place:

  • the name of the place;
  • a place category;
  • the town or city where it is located;
  • a map marker.

Additional information is great, but can also be added later.

If you’re not sure where exactly to place the map marker, feel free to send us a message after you added a place to let us know you’re not sure.

Important: Please use your own local knowledge as primary source of information. You can, of course, use the internet to research some details (e.g. usually a place’s official Facebook page is a good source), but please do not copy information in bulk from other websites. Specifically descriptions and pictures from other review websites may be copyrighted.

Thank you for your help!

Future plans

An integral part of Flokkr Places will be an events calendar. Basically, you will be able to follow your favourite places, stay up to date with the events hosted at those places and let your friends on Flokkr know which events you’re planning to attend.

Currently, the places of each city are represented by a relatively simple list. In the future you can expect a search feature, filters and an interactive map view.

Once we know a bit more about the individual places, Flokkr users we will also be able to learn more about them. For example, a filter could show you the best places for cruising.

What do you think?

We hope you like this new feature. Leave us a comment to let us know what you think, if you have ideas, problems or anything else. Happy weekend! 😃

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