I discovered yesterday at random that I had (finally) been promoted to Superuser status on Foursquare (of Level 2). I'd been asking for this for quite a while and had helped to answer quite a few questions on the support site and have been trying to help as much as possible by reporting edits and merges.

They were "on hold" with promotions for a while but something must have changed (or I got a little help) because I finally got it. And it is nice to finally be able to clean up all of the crap in my area that I didn't bother reporting (the list would have been too long).

I spent a large chunk of last night completing some merges and making general edits around the area. Added categories. Corrected names and addresses. Moved pins. All that fun stuff. It's almost tolerable around here now!

I've done very few closes. Really I don't think there are many venues to be legitimately closed around me. There are a lot of Homes, yes, but those are allowed venues. I merely marked them with the Home category and didn't touch them.

One thing that has been super-helpful in cleaning up the area is a 3rd party site: CheckinMania. There you can enter a city name and it will plot the nearby venues on a map - also showing the category icon. Makes it easy to spot incorrect names, categories, and locations. I'd run through that list a few times and then look them up in 4SQ. Edits done.

At this point I'm trying to branch out a little bit further towards the mall and shopping areas. Other places I'm familiar with, basically. Just trying to make Foursquare a little better to use, one edit at a time. 🙂

3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Officially Official: Cleaning Up Foursquare”

  • Robert Aitchison

    May 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Wow checkmania is really useful for finding problems in my area (lot of dupes and uncategorized venues) I feel so productive over the past 12 hours with all the stuff I’m fixing 🙂

    p.s. your site is making me feel guilty about neglecting my autocrossing, haven’t been in over a year 🙁

  • ack154

    May 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Haha, ya. CheckinMania is nice until you realize you hit some odd sweet spot of duplicate venues that takes 20 minutes to clean up and mark for merges.

    AutoX is like the one big hobby I hang onto. I had to miss the first event of the year when in CA, so this past weekend, it was really nice to get out and get some runs in. I even got my girlfriend into it a couple seasons ago.

  • Robert Aitchison

    May 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Yeah I started riding a motorcycle and that pretty much displaced AutoX as a hobby, my kids used to be into it (FJ) but they don’t want to do it anymore.

    It doesn’t help that the place is far enough away (~75 miles each way) that when I go it’s about 9 hours away from home for my 3 runs = maybe 5 minutes of seat time. 🙂