It was a neat feature – when are you thinking of bringing it back, and are there any particular features you have planned?
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When will it be back?
This feature is still being worked on for mobile. The beta feature helped fix a variety of bugs there and showed there was interest in such a feature.
The next step is to build on this work to provide a desktop experience with maps. There is a hackathon around maps at the Zürich Hackathon 2014 and a new design in the works being led by @User:Prtksxna. He should be able to give a better idea of timelines for this.
Wow, a very old page. But yes, please more maps and more powerful ones. Map the ten or twenty articles near me, and more important map the ten or twenty near the article I'm looking at. And from the map, click to an article. I mostly use WP Mobile for photo expeditions, so a map that also shows the existing (geotagged) photos would be enormously useful.