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Advice please (or criticize)

Posted by Kazuya on 17 December 2017 in English (English)

How do you think my country is? (you can criticize me)

OGF:Report flooding

Posted by admin on 17 December 2017 in English (English)


Mappers who wish to report flooded continents may now do so at OGF:Report flooding.

Please be advised that future flood posts in User Diaries may be removed.

New users mapping in the wrong areas... how you can help

Posted by admin on 16 December 2017 in English (English)

A confused new user Ever since the beginning of this website, people have been tracking down and redirecting new users mapping in the wrong areas.

Now there's a space where we can share who we've contacted and when we contacted them. This will help us reduce the amount of contacts we make, not only by eliminating duplicated contacts, but also by encouraging others to join the effort.

If you're an experienced mapper and you'd like to help make OGF a better place, check out OGF:New user patrol to find out more.

Many thanks!

Let's get some details in Mauruistien, huh?

Posted by kineticcrusher on 16 December 2017 in English (English)

This will likely be the point in which I stop posting as much on the Diaries, as admins have notified me that this isn't the ideal place to make constant updates, but I'll still detail the development of my new country.

Today marks a time in which I've become obsessed with details in OGF. I made a little nature reserve and hill, as well as a nearby hamlet, all within 500 ft on the scale. It's as if I keep accidentally zooming in really far and making details (at least, what I consider to be details).

Take a look at the location and you'll see the new Tambora Hill Nature Reserve.

Location: Cape Way, Blessia

Harda Archipelago blank map

Posted by Alejandro24 on 14 December 2017 in English (English)

I've not posting frequently here, but I have been editing some on OGF.

Anyway, here is a Harda Archipelago blank map, for all the needs of this area of Antarephia. Soon I'm going to do one with borders also.

Harda Archipelago

Location: Haveno Insulo, Aŭstraĉerfubo, Aŭstraĉefŝtato, Aŭstrasuno Tero

Welcome to Mauruistien! (Mar-uw-ist-een)

Posted by kineticcrusher on 14 December 2017 in English (English)

Alright, so I'm a new user of Opengeofiction and I've claimed a country originally recognized as Blessia, which is an island nation which borders the nations of Justinique, Snjorland, and Ikhia.

I'm going to make a diary detailing the development I'll be making on Mauruistien.

Currently, all I've updated is a portion of coastline and all I've created is a lake, two streams, and a river. Stay tuned for info that's actually interesting!

Location: Cape Way, Blessia

Four year anniversay

Posted by Sarepava on 13 December 2017 in English (English)

Today, 13th December, marks four years since I was granted an OGF identity and started editing. I think the User Diary is an excellent place to say a few words to mark this date.

Firstly would like to thank isleno and the other admins for making this site possible and, in general, keeping it as one of the more civil corners of the internet.

In this time I have developed a great deal as a mapper. I've done a lot of studying and examination of the real world and also a lot of revision of earlier areas. Particularly, this year I decided to remake the capital of Karolia and am now a lot happier with how it looks (and of course there is a lot more still to do). I don't think I could have had this city looking satisfactory without the years of practice in other areas and the headspace to keep working out what my country is about in ever greater detail.

Projects by other mappers I have enjoyed watching have included Myrcia's Dunwic, which has also been subject to revision and improvement in the last year; Tparigo's Brocelliande which has extraordinary detail, and Ernestpcosby's similar improvements to Quentinsburgh.

I hope the new forum becomes a lively and useful place for sharing of technique and debate between all users, new and old.

Sarepava (Karolia)

How terrorism is in OGF?

Posted by Jesus Antonio on 12 December 2017 in English (English)

I really want to know how is terrorism in OGF and who causes it.

PD: I have this questions since 2 months so i will ask it now

I finally made a town! -Naophis

Posted by jobrni113246 on 12 December 2017 in English (English)

Naophis is a new town I have created with 2 streets and 4 simple homes. I will continue to improve it, as it isn't that good right now. I hope you check it out! :) (I also set it as my home location)

Location: Carretera de la Costa Este, Rugenia, Midistland

Ummmm I still need help

Posted by jobrni113246 on 12 December 2017 in English (English)

I can not find my town on view, and on history it is not showing up?!! Why si this stuff so freaking hard to do?!! Please someone just tell me something useful and none of those wiki links! I just need to know why this is happening?! I added a town in midstland and it doesn't show up

I am really new and don't know how to make cities and territories and stuff like that

Posted by jobrni113246 on 12 December 2017 in English (English)

I really need help! I don't know how to make official cities, towns, and villages, or making borders! Like a state or region? Or territory? Please! My mind is blank in this!

Trouble with an OSM file

Posted by PortCal on 12 December 2017 in English (English)

@experienced users of OGF/JOSM

I know the new forum is opened and it's preferred messages are posted there, but I wouldn't know where to put this problem (the closest thing I found was 'Collaboration > Technical problems and solutions' which seems to be for the problems with OGF). So I thought I'd put it here in the User Diaries.

Today I was editing and detailing central Chorley, with a lot of new things I wanted to bring to the map. But when I tried to upload it as a changeset, it gave me the constant error that it could not upload the file due to certain problems with another relation. After a few tries I decided to save the file and restart JOSM. Then I tried to re-open the file I just saved, but now it won't even let me open it and gives me the error

"Relation with external id ''74.461'' refers to a missing primitive with external id ''74.455''

Both relations to places in the Ardisphere that I visited earlier today (which looks amazing btw) when looking at Mstr's Featured Objects page (which also is amazing) for inspiration for my rivers.

Now I'm stuck with this annoying error. I really want to upload this file so I can go back to mapping the rest of the town with the proper layout, instead of guessing where everything is.

Another strange thing I noticed was when I opened JOSM after many attempts and a few hours and dismissed the error, and went in the menu to the list of active changesets, I saw this changeset by me still unclosed, so I closed it, but it is empty, as can be seen.

I'm really distraught at the moment, I don't know what to do with it. I searched the web for help in documentations and forums, but neither of them were helpful to me. I don't want to lose such a large part of the progress I made today. Is there a way I can still upload this .osm file I have on my computer? Does anyone know how to solve this? 😪

2nd call - Tarott EXPOMONDIALE 2018 world exhibition - Choose a parcel of land for your nation's pavillon

Posted by joschi81 on 11 December 2017 in English (English)

Hi there,

in March there was a first call for participation in the Tarott EXPOMONDIALE 2018 world exhibition, see here: Tarott EXPOMONDIALE 2018 world exhibition - Choose a parcel of land for your nation's pavillon (please note the the list of participating countries isn't 100% complete anymore).

So here's a second call. Just apply for your favourite plot and give a theme for your nation's pavillon (see link to first call above for details).

Also, I'm looking for a designer of the overall exposition ground concept. If you want to apply, just send me a private message and link to a comparable area (exposition/fair ground etc.) that you have developed in OGF. Looking forward to receive your applications! If I get interesting applications by then, I will choose the EXPOMONDIALE 2018 masterplan designer before Christmas.

Happy mapping!


PS: If there are more applications for plots at the expo grounds than parcels currently available, I will add more plots by extending the expo area.

Location: Weltausstellungsgelände EXPOMONDIALE 2018, Nedernlande, Tarott, Kalm

Commonia is flooded

Posted by Nomine on 11 December 2017 in English (English)

What the title says.

I can't edit

Posted by jobrni113246 on 10 December 2017 in English (English)

I am new. I can't edit because it says "zoom in to edit"{ I keep on zooming in with the + button but it still won't let me edit

any help?

Posted by plainoldbread on 9 December 2017 in English (English)

iD editor keeps putting it into a bright setting. Can someone help me get it back to what it was before? problem

I think someone flooded Archanta

Posted by Proud_Bandiaterran on 9 December 2017 in English (English)

Zoom out in link below

Location: Aelanas, Territoire d'Aelanas, Aelanas (Lorredion)

Mapper's Challenge #16 - December 2017 - Power! Unlimited Power!

Posted by Alessa on 9 December 2017 in French (Français)

Hello, fellow mappers.

Last month's challenge had some very creative submissions! I could never have imagined the results. For this month, we have another interesting topic to tackle even if it isn't all that creative. So, yes, how do we power all those obnoxious holiday lights that our citizens put up? This is a broad challenge that can range from quite easy to quite hard. More importantly, it fills in a huge gap in our map right now. The theme of this month is "Power! Unlimited Power!" The idea for this challenge is to launch your country's electrical grid. This can range from a simple power plant to the transmission lines.

I don't purport to be an expert at this by any stretch of the imagination. I've been doing my homework on it for Mauretia for some time. For most of us, the OSM documentation is going to be invaluable. There is a pretty good write-up there about how things work (not just how they're tagged). Obviously, electricity has to be generated somewhere. This could be a hydroelectric dam, a coal plant, a mine, etc.

An easy version of this challenge might be to simply build a power-plant. Most power plants generate some type of pollution, so you'll want to keep them away from most development other than some industry, like this coal-powered plant. If you're wanting to do something like solar power or wind power, you have to carefully consider your climate. Mauretia is probably not going to be a big solar-power producer. The sea gives it a wind-power potential near the coast or in shallow waters, however. Countries like Spain have a great potential, and can capitalize on it. Those countries with volcanism like Iceland can maybe tap into geothermal power. Be sure to carefully consider what is available to your country and not a pet project that you think is better. Cost and development of the country also matters.

To get more and more difficult, add the transmission lines. Standard wooden poles in North America (Canada and United States) are generally placed about 45–60m apart on flat terrain. Tower distances can vary based on height and regional windiness. These towers, for example, are about 245m apart. Remember that transmission lines sag so they can sway in the wind. If they're too tight, they snap. Your citizens will then snap if they can't play that silly candy game on their uPhones. Also note the wide easement needed for those four transmission line complexes. Next, all that has to relay from somewhere. There's a transition substation just south of where I linked above. These lines extend for miles upon miles, so the complex here needs to be large enough to handle that amount of electricity.

I hope all this makes sense! Good luck tackling this important challenge!

Newby edits

Posted by ADB52 on 8 December 2017 in English (English)

I noticed that new user imazzz has been making edits ( in territories that do not belong to him. I have pointed this out to him. Can anyone reverse this "vandalism", or does the owner of the relevant country have to do it.

Transect of Plowford

Posted by Yuanls on 6 December 2017 in English (English)

Through my time working on the town of Plowford (Though recently more erratic), I've happened to have developed a sort of transect from the town centre, going outwards to its edges. I'm on its very latest stages now, on the rural-urban fringe (for my more rural mapping, look to the east). This is pretty much a summary of what the rest of my mapping in Plowford will look like for the foreseeable future. This is the stage I ask, while I still can, what there is to improve.

Transect along Harcourt Road (zooming in required)

Thank you and good day


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