Hi Colin, this is a good point. I can see how this would be confusing. The field you refer to appears on top of most tables. This is the case for the search results but also in the Association List and also in the Summit Lists for each region. You can start typing in the field and the table will automatically start filtering the list according to what you type. This can be a handy way of quickly finding the item you are looking for.
Perhaps ‘Filter’ would be a more accurate and distinctive label. I’ll get this changed.
I’m sorry for the inconvience this is clearly causing you. I’ll like to try and improve things so it can be more useful.
The old facility on SOTAwatch allowed returning huge amounts of summits (we have approaching 200,000). We need to calculate the distance and bearing for every single one, etc. This often resulted in SOTAwatch freezing up and becoming unresponsive which was one of many issues with the old SOTAwatch software.
To be honest I was unclear what sort of limits to put on it. A simple limit of radius is a bit clumsy since 200km from some places will return a modest amount of summits where as from others, it will return thousands. Hence also having a maximum summit limit.
The current limit is set to 200 km and 200 summits. This is clearly too low on both accounts. I will increase this later today and see how we get on. It’s just a question of finding the right balance.