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I've given myself a little break from mapping, however in the meantime I have started working on a Polandball-styled map of OGF. If you don't know, Polandball is an amatour, community-made style of comics starring the world's countries. They often talk about current political happenings in a wacky fashion. Countries are represented mostly by (guess what?) balls (there are exceptions). Do you want to see the whole OGF world like that? Currently I've got the most of western Uletha:
Recently we have had several instances where text posted to the wiki has been clearly just cut-and-paste from Wikipedia. This is already clearly against the rules (see About page). Notably, there is also the ongoing problem of people who ignore notices from admin or other users about copyright issues related to images.
Let's reiterate the rule in question:
"All wiki images — photos and artwork — must be free to use, and must contain a link to source and/or copyright info. All wiki text must be your own writing."
We have decided to pursue a new, stonger policy, in this respect. Users who are found to have copied text from other sources into the OGF wiki, or who repeatedly disregard concerns expressed about possibly copyrighted uploaded images, may have their wiki privileges suspended, without notice.
Thank you for understanding, and happy mapping.
The OGF Admin Team
When I started my country, Tengappei, I chose to make it have a Japanese, or 'Nihonish', culture largely due to the fact that the nearby Koberro and Heben were East Asian, as well as the statement in the Wiki that Paxtar was largely Nihonish (also Hidara and Bickendan sounded like a very Asian name). However, since then, both Koberro and Heben have gone inactive and I have found out that Paxtar and Hidara are not Nihonish. This leaves my country as a lone, East Asian country in Anteraphia (other than Meilan), leaving me struggling to develop a history. I have noticed that Heben has been left grey for a long time so I am somewhat wondering if there are any plans. In addition, there is a largeish free country right agacent to me which could be East Asian. I am thinking about remove the Japanese characters and arguing that Tengappei has a language with very similar phonetic rules to Japanese (not many of the names make sense anyway), however, this seems a bit sad and I still want to represent my Japanese ancestry and I want to keep a Japanese style city planning. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Buttons or Touchscreen?
Back in November I posted a news article called QUARTA beta-testing Stop Request buttons at bus stops serving multiple routes. You can take a quick glance to know more about what I'm talking about, but basically at the time I proposed stop request buttons at bus stops serving more than one bus route so that only the routes people are waiting on have to stop (other than when people are getting off).
Now I'm thinking about expanding this beyond just stops with multiple routes and also including these request buttons at stops along major crosstown routes even when there is only that one route, since routes that major often suffer from delays from having to make frequent stops. Now at the moment this would not extend to smaller neighborhood routes which would have much less of a need for something like this, since the routes generally run slower.
However, it brings up the question- how will these kiosks work?
My original idea, at least for the beta version, was to just have a panel on the side of a post with what are essentially elevator buttons to request each bus. I still think it's a good idea, but at the same time, bus routes change, meaning the routes served by each stop will likely change at some point too. I'm thinking the panels with the buttons would be easy and semi-cheap to replace, that the numbers will be easy to change and that there might automatically be like a couple extra buttons that can be activated if new routes are added, but still, that could be a hassle.
My other idea was to create a larger solar powered kiosk with a touchscreen. These displays could show much more information than the button version, ex. Route name, destination, service, etc, as well as be updated immediately with no changes. However, I feel like this would put the sight impaired at an extreme disadvantage- with the button version, I planned to do like many elevators and have a braille panel next to each number, but you can't exactly put braille on a touchscreen. Then again, I suppose that could be solved by having Braille plackards on the plastic/metal next to the screen that correspond spacing-wise to the listings of the routes as they display on the screen, but that would still mean the Braille plackards would have to be changed every time the bus routes changed. Maybe if I added sound features?
I'm wondering what you guys' thoughts are. I'm thinking maybe use the kiosks at major stops and the buttons at minor stops. I think places where only one bus stops and it's not expected that the number of buses at that stop will ever exceed 3 would be okay using the button kiosks, but at major stops that see a medium amount of route changes the kiosks might work better.
Emergency buttons at every metro entrance?
Another note is I'm considering adding emergency buttons to all major bus stops and to the posts besides every QLine Metro Station entrance, to create sort of a citywide safety network similar to what we see on many college campuses. I suppose one might compare it to those really old fire boxes that used to be in major cities way before my time:
What do you guys think? Any ideas to improve either of these concepts?
Los invito nuevamente a que se unan a Archanta Nations Organization (ARNO) y que me envíen un mensaje al unirse, y a la vez al anunciar la nueva sede de la ARNO en la International Area Street y Organization Street, además mi interés en establecer relaciones diplomáticas con sus países. Atentamente, Dereck Barroso.
I've Created some counties but didn't show up in the map. This is My Changeset
I think Antarephia is flooded
While I have been mapping Mahikan for a while, I am not sure if I should continue to map it, because I seem to be losing motivation in continuing to develop it.
I am contemplating opening Mahikan to newbies, since I do not think that there is a newbie territory for those wishing to edit in a cold climate, let alone an Asiatic nation that oppresses the indigenous peoples in an apartheid-like system.
Giving newbies a chance to edit in such an environment can help them develop outside the temperate/tropical box.
But I am not sure if I should do this. What do you guys think?
So, the (former?) territory of Suria is now marked in grey on the OGF:Territories page.
Please, let's keep it as it is now. Suria plays an important part in many of the neighboring countries' history and is one of the most powerful countries in Uletha. Also, some of the area is mapped really well, it would be a shame to see it go to waste.
I finally decided to try to make a unique Freedemian food beyond just the popularity of chicken, eggs, brown rice, beef, peppers, squash, lamb, etc.
I present to you, the pizacyro.
Right now it still exists exclusively as a snippet on the Quentinsburgh Wiki page, but you can get a snapshot of what it is:
"One meal that is distinctly Quentinsburghian is Chicken Lamb Pizacyro, almost a cross between a gyro, a pizza, and a taco- a piece of pita lined with mozzarella and cheddar cheese and sauce is covered in shreds of lamb and chicken, lettuce, dressing or sour cream, chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, a bit of brown rice for texture, squash, and peppers, rolled into a taco-like pastry of sorts."
(I suppose it's more like a burrito if you roll it, but I imagine it being full enough that it sort of just folds gyro-style.)
There would also be breakfast varieties, perhaps with lamb sausage instead of shredded lamb and egg or egg whites in place of the rice, or maybe just added on top of everything else (breakfast is the most important meal of the day anyhow XD)
I plan to have an international fast food chain called PizacyroHero, comparable to [let's just say Taco Ball] for Mexican Food in real life, or like Khaiwoon Taco Factory for Khaiwoonese food.
I suppose on a side note, do you think the idea could work as a real food? XD I thought it sounded pretty tasty, but that might just be me.
Hey there, sadly my damned laptop broke so I wont be able to join you fellas for some time. I'm already missing OGF even though its been not even a week.
Hear from you some time, hope to get that fixed ASAP.
Happy mapping kingfries
There are a few free-trade agreements such as the Gobras Peninsula Free Trade Agreement. However, can there be a List of Free Trade Agreements, so countries can participate to improve their economy?
The recent discussion on martinum4's diary entry regarding whether the rules of OSM should be used on OGF with the same emphasis and the fact that a lot of things done by me in my country, Neo Delta, for almost 2 years now, have never followed those rules, kept me thinking about my place in this community. I am an international relations analyst and, as much as I'm interested in urban geography, urban planning and projects such as OSM, I'm not familiar with any of those areas. I'd love to have time to study and explore those fields, but, unfortunately, I'm unable to do so at the moment. I know opinions regarding this issue vary, as Luciano and other users commented, but I can't stop thinking about the fact that I lack the basic knowledge that is needed to be a member of OGF and that really bothers me. As joschi81 mentioned, this might not be the best place for those not interested in the GIS aspect of OSM/OGF. I even struggle to work with simple aspects, such as using relations and mapping through JOSM. So, as far as I'm concern, the bottom line is: I don't want to be a member whose work is seen as problematic. The actual technology of mapping is not my main focus on OGF and I'm much more interested in the fictional politics, international and cultural affairs, and human involvement of the members and their fictional countries. Should I be editing a country on OGF?
I am loving this site! Ive also done 2 towns.
I shall go on a mapping spree (or rampage?) the next few weeks to get some good looking mapping done in the Molburg Regions. Stay Tuned...
Theres only one thing i need help with. The boundries. Ive read the wiki many times, and i dont seems to get it. Can someone please help?
- World’s biggest…
- World’s largest…
- World’s highest…
- World’s tallest…
- World’s fastest…
- World’s most famous…
- World’s most popular…
- World's most important...
- World's most advanced...
Instead of using ’superlatives’ like this to describe your country (or something in it) as being better than everyone else, please use language like:
- one of the world’s biggest…
- one of the largest… in the world
- among the world’s highest…
- some of the world’s tallest…
- very fast
- world famous
- extremely popular
- highly important
- considerably advanced
Same goes for "best on the continent," region, etc. Thanks for understanding.
It has been a long time since my last (and only -_-' eheh) diary.
Durign the last three months, in a realy slow pace (because I got into University this year), I worked in three main projects: Nelyto City, Ordyo/Puntick Metropolis and Yuris International Relations.
Nelyto City project is now paused. Nelyto was basicly my experience site. It was my first city, and it was created only with iD, so it has some problems with scale and coastline detailing that I will fix in the future.
Puntick and Ordyo: History
Now, I started using JOSM and Puntick is the "construction site"... Puntick is the old sister of the Yurin capital, Ordyo City. It is located in Girotera Peninsula facing Hallgarve Sea and the Narrow of Ickarion. The first written record wich refers Puntick goes back to 750 a.C. and since then the region has been inhabited. It was the capital city of the region where Yuris is nowadays (in the 14th and 15th centuries, the entire region was occupied by a kingdom called Hallgarv) from 1333 to 1462.
Ordyo City, in the other hand, is one of the most recent world cities. Its construction was proposed by Lenz B. Albano Government in 1957 and was approved in referendum. The idea behind the Ordyo City construction was to "rebuild" the old city of Nodoyeh, the first capital of Yuris that was destroyed in the 14th century by the Hallgarv Kingdom. Since its destruction there were several attempts to rebuild Nodoyeh. However, the ideia of restoring the old Yuris Kingdom glory remained in people's mind. In the 20th century, when utopian/distopian cultural movements appeared in Yuris, the idea became even more desired. When Puntick started to have urban and social problems, it became imperative to find a solution. President Lenz B. Albano sugested the construction of Ordyo in 1957, the "dream became true" in 1962 and a new capital city was born.
(I will develop the history of this region further in an upcoming wiki article)
With all this historic basis I am mapping Puntick and later this year I want to start Ordyo City. For now, Puntick has a detailed historic center and some detailed important areas:
- Kingdom Castle and Downtown (map);
- Winston Smith Square commercial zone (map);
- Puntick Central Station and Santângela (map);
- Lenz B. Albano International Airport (map | wiki) - airport serving both Ordyo and Puntick;
- Caius Abbatangelo Racetrack (map);
- EXPORHO (map | wiki) - the international trade fairground and convention center of Puntick-Ordyo. It hosts a lot of events like BD-Con (world's biggest comics and entertainment convention. Equivalent to real world Comic-Con) and WE2 - World Entertainment Expo - (considered the most important electronics and gaming fair/convention in the world. Equivalent to real world E3).
Plans / Going International
The third project I'm working on is "Going International". In January I brought some international brands to Yuris: Duchycoffee, Gobeletplain, CitiHotel, Petrosphere, Balmi, Nórd+Súd and Pizza Varela.
Iper, Gigante, Gazela and Cyclo are also planned to expand to Yuris (I will work on that this mont). The first two Yurin embassies abroad where also built in January in Myrcia (map) and Balonis (map).
So, I want to invite all companies which are expanding abroad, to come to Yuris! Yuris is a multicultural country which people want to experience different cultures. Because of this, there is a lot of different businesses from different countries spread around Yurin territory. So, your company(s) is(are) welcome to Yuris!
Finally: I'm looking for airlines that want to make flights to and from LBA International Airport (map) and I'm looking for destinations for TAY Yuris. Are there some countries who want to travel to Yuris or are open to receive the Yurin's everlasting touristic spirit?
- Yuri Yhlmacof (Ilídio)
Hello. I have been on OGF for only a few weeks, and I am having trouble with creating detailed coastlines. I find it very annoying that you have to zoom so close in to edit. Any tips?
I have made a global cultural event called Night of Theaters, inspired by (Long) Night of Museums. Add your country as participator on wiki article if you want.
Is Beeper still a thing? Whenever i click on any of the link that take me to the website kooper.tk, it never connects with the server. As if the site never existed. Please let me know, because i would love to create a thing for republika.lk magazine!