I imagine that if someone's in London they're much more likely to be interested in finding a place to see or to eat at rather than to find a next city for their trip. Unless all their touristic goals consist of putting check marks near city names in a looong list:)

On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM, Jon Robson <jdlrobson@gmail.com> wrote:
I'm not sure we'd want to bring in secondary points - I can imagine
the real use of Special:Nearby on Wikivoyage is for travellers who are
looking for places to go to next that are nearby e.g. by train/bus.
Somewhere like London would report Cambridge, Stonehenge or Oxford as
being nearby even though they are 60+ miles apart.. yet currently it
only shows 8 districts in London.

I imagine something like the in article Nearby pages  that we
currently have in beta would be a better vehicle for secondary

Is there anyway we can guide a volunteer developer to do this and is
anyone interested? I'd love to see this moved along and give WV the
nearby it deserves.

On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 8:26 AM, Max Semenik <msemenik@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 6:37 PM, Jon Robson <jdlrobson@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Actually my question is about further tweaking this... please reread my
>> email.
> D'oh!
> So the problem is not in radius but in what to display.
> https://wikimedia.mingle.thoughtworks.com/projects/mobile/cards/784
> discusses how geo search can be made more useful for WV. Our present Nearby
> implementation that searches for primary coordinaes only is not helpful
> because the wiki consists of large pages with a lot of POIs around. My
> current work on porting to Elasticsearch would allow a sane spatial search
> for secondary coordinates, once it's complete we can experiment with adding
> a Wikiversity-specific mode for Nearby. With a lot of points around, there
> should be no need to have a continent-sized radius.

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