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Locality Editing: Commodity and Location "Margin of Error"

Posted by William W. Besse  
William W. Besse July 12, 2018 05:16PM
To start there is the New Placers District for which the Commodity List shows iron. Well, it was primarily a gold district. USGS MRDS shows silver and copper as well.

How do I add commodities? Should this not be on the "Edit Locality" page?

There are localities that show under Location "Margin of Error" and I see no way for me to input such. An example would be Unnamed prospect near the Great Southern Mine. If you look at the page for the Unnamed prospect, it shows the locality in about the correct location, but if you go into edit the locality there are no coordinates and it shows it in the middle of an ocean.

It would be nice to be able enter the locality (coordinates or name) it is near and the margin of error.

David Von Bargen July 12, 2018 07:16PM
"How do I add commodities? Should this not be on the "Edit Locality" page?" It is on the edit page. At the bottom of the edit page.

The commodities flow up the hierarchy as do regular minerals. (you can see where they come from via clicking on the "i" icon.)
They get added to New Placers from the
La Santa Fe mine, New Placers District, Santa Fe Co., New Mexico, USA


New Mexico
Santa Fe Co.
New Placers District
ⓘ La Santa Fe mine
From USGS MRDS database

This is an estimated locality. The estimate is the center of the higher hierarchical area. It may also be computed as an average of the known localities around it.
We probably should add the ability to add the error amount.
33° North , 112° West (est.)

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/12/2018 07:19PM by David Von Bargen.
William W. Besse July 12, 2018 07:51PM

I do not see the commodities option at the bottom of the page:

David Von Bargen July 12, 2018 08:15PM
Sorry. Guess that is only available for managers.

You might be able to add it in the regular locentry page for minerals as - commodity:Iron
(or other commodity)
William W. Besse July 12, 2018 08:49PM
Tried it. Did not seem to do anything.

I would think that if you allow lower levels to add/modify localities and minerals then commodities would be at that level too.

David Von Bargen July 13, 2018 01:37PM
Checked a little more into the New Placers district. There were some iron minerals mined there, but was used mainly for flux.
3. Iron veins and bedded replacement deposits containing magnetite,
specularite, or both. These are economically unimportant, although
formerly they were worked for flux; the Oro Quay mine made
small shipments in 1958

There was a duplicate of the Santa Fe mine and that is where the iron commodity was listed (it actually was a gold and silver producer). Jolyon had done a bulk add of commodities using the name to add them. I believe it was the Santa Fe mine that got interpreted as the Santa Iron mine and that is how the commodity got in there.

I am not real happy with the way the commodity section works as there is no way to track where the information came from (you can go in and do a locentry edit and add the reference that way, but most people wouldn't bother with that). It is also buggy in that you cannot clear all the checkboxes and the locentries are not removed. Spent the past hour or so cleaning up things a bit (Santa Fes and a few others that had fe in the name)

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/13/2018 02:54PM by David Von Bargen.
William W. Besse July 13, 2018 04:06PM
Thanks for the clean up.

I still say that lower level users should be able to work this, but if it is as flaky as you say then it is best left hidden till you can debug and make user friendly.

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