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Connecting your account
Venue managers
    Venue details
    Watching venues
    Here now
Common features
Browsing objects
Suggested use cases for managers
    Watching your venues details
    Watching the updates
    Knowing your visitors
    Organizing venues to groups
Suggested use cases for superusers
    Spammers hunting
    Qick and mass reporting
Problems and bug reporting

Connecting your account

Tools4sq uses foursquare API and corresponding authentication mechanism. You do not need to create any account on Tools4sq, but you should use your native foursquare account instead to connect. Start the login process by pressing the "Connect to foursquare" button on the main screen. You are redirected to the foursquare website for authentication purposes. Allow the app to connect.

If you are a chain or a page manager, you can have access to several accounts, and the foursquare website allows you to choose between them. Note that you connect to Tools4sq using the current account on foursquare.com. To change it, you should log out from Tools4sq, than switch accounts on foursquare.com, and then log in Tools4sq again.

Venue managers

If your account manages at least one venue, you will see the manager's interface after logging in. It consists of several tabs.

Managed venues. There you can see the list of venues, managed by your account with some general details. Use the search field to filter them if you want to find certain venues. Clicking on each venue opens a new window with full information about that venue.

Managed groups. If you use groups to organize your venues, they will appear in this tab. Click each of them to open in a new window.

Tips feed. This tab builds a feed of tips across all your venues in chronological order, newest first. Each record in this feed contains the venue tip is posted at, the user who posted the tip, tip's text and photo attached, if any. Number of tip's likes is displayed, and a link allowing you to instantly like the tip, too. On the right there are links to mark tips as spam - quickly, and with details. Note that there is no additional warning when you click the spam link. Generally the tip, marked as spam, will appear in superusers' queues, so there is no guarantee that it will be deleted, at least, instantly. There is a way to monitor marked tips.

Photos feed. This tab is similar to tips feed, just for photos. Foursquare does not allow likes for photos. Deleting photos by reporting them is way less effective than for tips, but this mechanism is provided.

Venue details

If you open a managed venue in a new window, you can see some features available exclusively for managers.

Summary shows you all the data about your venue. You will also see the "Watch venue" button.

Watching venues

By clicking the "Watch venue" button, you make Tools4sq to save the current venue details. Each time you log in again, it will compare that venue's details to saved ones. If any difference is found, in case, for example, it has been edited by a superuser, it will be highlighted. The difference will be shown in the venue summary. You will have an option to accept the changes. Watching can be stopped at any moment by pressing the stop watching button.

Here now

This tab appears only in your managed venues details. Here you can see the list of users currently checked in your venue. Each user is clickable.

Common features

Independently of user account type a Tools/More tools tab is available. It provides common features:

Search by ID. You can find Users, Venues or lists by inserting their IDs, which are foursquare internal identifiers for these objects, or by inserting the foursquare.com URL of an object you want to open in Tools4sq.

Self. Opens self user in a new window.

Flag history and results. Opens the history of tips or photos you have reported in past and allows you to watch if they were deleted in fact or still exist.

Your lists. This section shows foursquare venue lists, you have created or followed. Click them to open in a new window.

Browsing objects

You can open windows with details for venues, users and lists. Tips and photos feeds are available for each of them.

Feeds show lists of items, containing, depending on context, a venue and a user, the item is related to, it's content and links to like and report, if available. Items appear in chronological order, newest first. Advanced options for reporting are displayed by clicking the "more" link.

Almost for all objects there is a link to open them on foursquare.com.

Some tabs display multiple items and have a search field to filter them.

Suggested use cases for managers

Watching your venues details

It takes much time to properly fill in all your venues' details, and it takes times more time to watch after them, because some users and superusers can occasionally change them to incorrect or unwanted.

Watching the updates

Users can post tips and photos to your venues. Sometimes they are clearly unwanted.

Knowing your visitors

Organizing venues to groups

Suggested use cases for superusers

Spammers hunting

Spammers often use local highly popular venues with lots of checkins and users to add their spamming tips.

Qick and mass reporting

Note that spammers may try to hide spam tips among some "useful" tips, but they are often just duplicates of other users' tips, actual for the venue.

Problems and bug reporting

Tools4sq is built upon the foursquare API, so fully dependent on it. Sometimes there are problems with foursquare servers and the API is not responding correctly. At these moments Tools4sq may not work properly. Please try waiting for some time, and then return to work with Tools4sq.

Tools4sq can have problems and bugs itself. If you notice reproducible problems in its work, please report in the Report bugs section.

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