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Luciano's Mapper's Challenge #4 - July, 2016 - LET'S DO SOMETHING BLUE

Posted by Luciano on 2 July 2016 in Korean (한국어)

Like clockwork, on July first, the monsoon began here in the Korean Peninsula. It has rained for two days straight.

Regarding the June challenge: I didn't do great, but I will consider that I did the best I could. You can read my updates at my "bliki."

I'd love to see results of other people's work on this challenge - post a comment, a diary entry, or get creative in the wiki to show your progress.

Luciano's Mapper's Challenge #4 - July, 2016 - LET'S DO SOMETHING BLUE

This challenge is based on a suggestion from Ūdilugbulgidħū.

Some of our "blue," free-to-map, community territories are doing pretty well. Gobrassanya is an excellent example. On the other hand, many of the "blue" territories are depressingly messed up.

It would be great to see some focused effort on the part of LOTS OF COMPETENT USERS to add something to a community territory, or to help clean up badly conceived objects or "newbie-messes." This can take many forms. Some suggestions:

  • adding some new administrative division, town or neighborhood
  • cleaning up some specific feature across a broader area (rivers, roads, railroads, admin divisions, natural landcovers, etc.)
  • setting up wiki articles or wiki Talk: pages to help the community more easily collaborate on community territories - the Gobras City collaboration page is an excellent example of a "blue" territory collaboration page.

The mapper's challenge:

  • Easy - spend 25% of your July OGF time in somewhere "blue"
  • Medium - spend 50% of your July OGF time in somewhere "blue"
  • Hard - spend 100% of your July OGF time in somewhere "blue"

IMPORTANT ground rule: never significantly alter or delete work without first making some effort to find out who made it (this is easy both on the map window and in JOSM, where you have the ability to query any object's history) and make sure they are OK with it. Many of the "messes" in the blue territories are made by users who are no longer active, in which case, no need to worry. But if you recognize a user name attached to some work, common courtesy is to contact that person and find out what idea they might have about that object.

ALSO IMPORTANT: This is NOT an invitation to imperialistically expand your own country's influence or culture. Instead, try to think of ways to give these blue countries THEIR OWN character, history, etc. If your home country uses English, maybe work in a blue spot that isn't English-using. If your home country is rich, try to do something poor or "developing." Challenge yourself, and push your boundaries.

I am going to attempt the "Medium" challenge. I will probably work hard to rationalize admin divisions in Mecyna and Rhododactylia (maybe making some multimaps for them). I may also work on collaboration pages for these countries. Lastly, I have an idea to develop the Annosimia state in Commonia, which I created some time ago but never did much work on. It would be a very poor region - I would model it on interior rainforest-bordering-savannah in South America, perhaps Bolivia or Paraguay. I also want to try to think of ways, ON THE MAP, to represent the supposed ongoing Commonian conflict: AN bases, military checkpoints, refugee camps, vast brownfields of abandoned or failed industry. Look at the brownfields of Grozny, Chechnya, or the orphanages and police-station zones of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Happy mapping.

Comment from BMSOUZA on 2 July 2016 at 04:55

I was trying to imagine what could be the July Challenge, hehehe. Good think!!!

At first shot I think about editing and creating wiki articles to the island in front of Puerto Geo where I created almost all the streets, in my firsts months in OGF.

But this time I will not even try the Hard Challenge, because I am still focused about finishing a city or town of mine, and looks I will get success this time in Bolgrad, Belgravia.

PS: Luciano, poderia criar multimaps para Goytakanya e Belgravia para mim??? Desde já, muito obrigado!!!

Bruno Moreira

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Comment from kingfries on 2 July 2016 at 10:42

Sounds like a nice idea. I think I'm gonna work in commonia and clean up the first ,,City'' I made, Sandstadt in Eastern Commonia. Need to rename everything, make it smaller (some buildings are 500m wide^^) etc. So happy mapping everyone :)

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Comment from Yuanls on 2 July 2016 at 11:48

I'm probably going to do something in Commonia, although I'm not sure what to do yet. I'm sure options and problems will present themselves when I take a look.

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Comment from BelpheniaProject on 3 July 2016 at 05:33

I'm probably going to create the Trans-Commonia Expressway from the shores of the Belphenian Sea to the southernmost border of Commonia. I'm going for the Hard challenge.

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Comment from Ūdilugbulgidħū on 3 July 2016 at 22:36

Thanks Luciano for introducing this challenge - I'd actually forgotten suggesting it. I'm not sure I'll actually be able to contribute much this month myself, but it sounds like it could be an interesting challenge. I'd suggest that people working in different blue countries do talk to each other about what they're planning to do, perhaps to create some good collaborative stuff.

@ BelpheniaProject - the Trans-Commonia Expressway has been built and deleted a fair few times. It usually takes a new user about 10 minutes to draw a straight line between 5 -10 points which has no relation with the rest of the map, other places in Commonia or with what has been suggested Commonia is as a country. So then someone else comes along and deletes it, with good reason. A representation of highways in Commonia could include, roadblocks, sections of low-grade track, missing sections and, probably, military bases. But not an multi-lane first world highway.

What is lacking in Commonia isn't highways, its much more fundamental things - topography land-use being the main ones. Making holes in the jungle that reflect real world patterns - something like what Isleño did in Suvuma - would be a great addition, though I know it won't be that interesting. Adding in a few of the things that give local, individual flavour would be even better, and basically could be a license to be creative.

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Comment from deltanz on 4 July 2016 at 13:32

Great idea, while I'm not sure the amount of time I'll have to be mapping this month, I intend to work on creating some administrative divisions on the Drull Free State!

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Comment from BelpheniaProject on 4 July 2016 at 20:49

You're right Udi, I see the risks of other mappers deleting sections of the Trans-Commonian Highway you told me about. I'd better off to cancel my plans on making the highway.

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Comment from bhj867 on 5 July 2016 at 07:13

Working on altaville

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Comment from Easky30 on 6 July 2016 at 00:00

I found a quiet spot in Commonia to try a different style of mapping from what I am used to. I am trying to keep all the roads minor and make series of small villages along the river. Perhaps later a few warlord compounds and checkpoints. http://opengeofiction.net/#map=15/14.2450/140.5665 I will try and shoot for 25% of my OGF time here in July.

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