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Commonia is Flooded again, Northern Atleast.

Posted by TheAquaBarron on 17 January 2019 in English (English)

So No hate or anything, But who messed with the coastline and Flooded northern Commonia again? I just want to know because it took me by surprise to see that the Hybrid Springs area was completely submerged by water. Let's just hope that the flood is stopped and the culprit has something to say. But otherwise all is normal

Auto-Calculating Inter-City Travel Passenger Numbers - A new attempt

Posted by Leowezy on 16 January 2019 in English (English)

Hello everyone,

I've spent some time the last couple of days on a rather intensive project, where I once again took on the task to crunch some numbers regarding inter-city train travel in Kojo. I've now officially opened my first Bliki to showcase the results, and would love to hear your thoughts as well as your advise on my follow-up question.



Starting Another City

Posted by CartographerKing on 15 January 2019 in English (English)

Now that I finished the Franquese Corner, Portulia, and most of the surrounding suburb towns of Portulia, I needed a new project. On the other side of my country there is an unnamed great lake. This lake, through talks with owners of the states, will be a trading center for the states of AR120 and the UCP. That stated, I knew I needed to make a city to fit this trading theme. So to the quick explanation: New Castle is a city that was once was ruled by a smaller Empire in Pre-UCP times. New Castle (previous name to be decided) was a hearth for the monarchical government that ruled the empire. Later on, this empire merged with the UCP, although still has shared power of Lakeside county (most of the small empires land). I decided to base New Castle roughly on London. The main similarities are the English street names and the layout of the land around the monuments dotted around the city. However, I need some help deciding. 1. What Do The Think Of The City So Far? 2. Is There Anything I Need To Add To Make It Feel More Like The London style? 3. What Should The City's Old Name Be? 4. How Big Should This Old Empire Be? 5. Should I allow some collaboration in the city?

Happy Mapping, CartographerKing

Location: -42.581, 139.428

Please rate my airport!

Posted by Lyriax on 15 January 2019 in English (English)

Hey guys,

so winter break is already over now and now I have time to write a diary entry. I wanted to ask you guys to review/look over/rate my airport, that I build over the winter break and the last days. So I build it in Commonia, because I wanted to start a project, until my requested territory gets approved, but since it didn't I finished my project in Commonia.

As you can see the airport is pretty big and would be one of the larger ones in the OGF world. I tried to include all amenities, that an airport needs. If you find any missing amenities or buildings, please feel free to comment.

Also some of the industrial areas spread to the north and south of the airport are not finished yet.

Thank you for your reviews and have fun exploring my airport.


Location: 17,651, 147,711

Mythology reflected in mapping

Posted by LemonKing on 15 January 2019 in Finnish (Suomi)

Hi guys,

proud of having Blöndel as the featured map in the wiki, I have gained new motivation to continue mapping as well as writing about it. I know that some see the wiki as a problematic rival for mapping itself, but for me, writing the wiki supports the mapping in many ways. I think map features become more alive and have more depth when they are explained.

This new article may seem like overwikification: Why write details about mythology? But consider the following:

  • It explains the existence of several museums, like Gamaliel Bortotan Museum of Art and Mythological Museum of Blöndel.
  • It explains the significance of the capital Blöndel, its river and the surrounding hills to the people of Bloregia
  • It explains several names, like street names in the area of Shefull
  • It casts light upon details like This stone of the Building of the Marqurd Guild (can you find it in the map?)
  • Most importantly, it gives is a frame of reference for the mapping that I want to share in case anyone is interested. If not, it is still important for me as a mapper.

The Bloregian legends have developed during many years. One of them I have written into a mini-novel in Finnish. As the legends reflect many timeless questions of mankind, feel free to take influences into your stories.

Yet, focus on mapping, where all this comes to life!

Location: 64,001, 52,928

Replacing "Peaceland"

Posted by FancyFoxy on 14 January 2019 in English (English)

Not too long ago, I decided to change my country's name to something new. I've come up with some ideas, what do you all think?

"Albert/Albertia/Albertland" - The last name of the guy who leads whatever movement that leads to my country's founding. I still need to decide on an actual history, but Albert is the name I chose for whatever it ends up being. I already named a city in my country Albert, though.

"Pacton/Pactell" - Like Peaceland, but I use the word Pact instead.

"New Bailand/New Bai" - If the Bai Empire does end up happening, this name would follow a history where my country was originally part of it.

"Peacia/Peacan/Peacton/Peacester" - Some names that still use the word Peace.

If you have any suggestions, I'd be happy to hear some.

Location: -24.833, 25.340

Need to fix something

Posted by Arisuaq on 14 January 2019 in English (English)

Could sometone fix this relation? I think I've messed something with my edits. Thanks alot. Arisuaq.

JOSM has stumped please??

Posted by louis_walker on 13 January 2019 in English (English)

Sorry, this is bush league, but...I can usually figure out what went wrong when I get JOSM error messages, but I have not been able to figure out what to do to correct this, and now I've got a significant update that I can't upload.

Any help from those of you who don't find JOSM totally inscrutable would be much appreciated!!

You can see a screencap of the error message here:


Posted by Arisuaq on 12 January 2019 in English (English)

Hi, I'd like to ask, what do you think about my freshly mapped village, named Paarnat? It's a small village on island with same name, with 53 inhabitans. Thanks for your opinions.

Location: -58,218, 137,102

Which green territories are really available?

Posted by LucasTheKing on 12 January 2019 in English (English)

Hello everyone

I'm new here, actually I have been editing for 7 days and I made a request for a territory, but since the admin is busy and probably there's a lot of request wating for approval, I'm concerning about it because I'm making a country,and I chose a green territory to settle it, but if someone already requested it, I will have to throw away a lot of stuff I made due to my country is getting huge, and everything I make has something to do with my requested territory.

So my question is: Did someone here request the UL303 Territory? And which territories are available?

How's everyone doing?

Posted by Romhfvir on 11 January 2019 in Spanish (Español)

Hi! I just wanted to know if you've done something new or something you're proud about... I mean, I'm a little bit lost, I don't have ideas nor anything like that. I'd like to find inspiration somewhere in this tiny big world

Location: -2,718, 35,837

Mapper's Challenge #27 — January 2019 — New Year, New Skills…

Posted by Alessa on 11 January 2019 in Maltese (Malti)

Hello, OGF community!

I hope everyone is doing well this fine January day. As you all know, we have a community with a lot of diverse interests and areas of expertise. And, in the spirit of collaboration, learning, and continuing to become better-skilled mappers, I offer a two-fold challenge for the month of January: a focus on the OSM keys "landuse" and "natural;" and a collaborative response or tutoring.

Be advised: This challenge isn't just about showing off your work. I want this to be a good learning experience for everyone. So, whether you have a territory or not, you are invited to learn more and hone your skills!

We all want the map to look beautiful. Did you know, for example, that there are a whole host of landuse values to use? Do you know about the numerous natural values? Some, like natural=beach and natural=wetland are rendered differently depending on the additional tagging? There are a lot of hidden gems in here to help make the map look great and communicate details.

How to participate

Beginner challenge:

  • Unsure what to do or don't have a territory yet? Start small with a 1 square kilometre area. Experiment with some tags and ask for feedback in the comments below. Allow users to give you a reply to make your mapping better.
  • If you are awaiting your territory, the blue countries provide a wonderful space to practice with this challenge. That way, your area could be among the best mapped on the site one day.

Easy challenge:

  • Post one or two of your favorite examples of how you use landuse and natural tags.
  • Reply to at least one user about their work.

Medium challenge:

  • Experiment with new tagging and with different (albeit plausible) ways of arranging landscape. Try to limit transportation infrastructure to the lowest levels possible.
  • Provide direct feedback to at least two users about their work.

Hard challenge:

  • Develop a 2 km by 2 km area of highly detailed tagging with limited (if any) transportation infrastructure.
  • Directly tutor a new user with their work on this project.


We all want to see OGF be a great community of mappers with the goal of producing good-quality work. All users from newest to most senior can participate! This is a theme of all my challenges, but I really want to emphasize that it will be most successful this month with as many users contributing and offering feedback as possible. At the same time, please be civil and professional with one another; avoid needless drama. Remember that a good-faith critique of your work is not a personal attack. Be a good neighbor, even if others aren't always that way.

Happy mapping!

Some updates on the PTV + An overwikification clean-up bot?

Posted by austinhuang on 8 January 2019 in English (English)

I have all kinds of busy stuff so I didn't map as much.

Public Transport Viewer updates

(If you don't know what PTV is, read my previous diary entry.)

  • Lines and stations will now render if you scrolled past the antimeridian. Especially useful if you forgot which direction you should scroll to see lines in Kartumia. (Originally, it'll give a "Bad Request" error, as Overpass cannot accept East/West values outside -180~+180.) However, the map CANNOT include the antimeridian itself. (You probably wouldn't do that, it's just water.)
  • New ogf:opacity tag. Put in a value between 0 and 1 and it'll change the opacity of all lines as well as all nodes of the relation. Defaults to 1.
  • More details on a line. Before it was like...


Now... (Shown with all available details displayed. Of course, it'll not show tags you didn't add, but this should encourage people to fill in details!)


An overwikification clean-up bot?

(No, I'm not replying on the wiki topic. It's not like I have anything to say to that. I am following though.)

Anyways. Will you guys look favourably upon a wiki bot that deletes pages that fits all the criteria below...

  • In Category:Pages for deletion
  • Has only 1 contributor

...which account for a significant part (at least 20% of deletions include the reason "and the only contributor was ") of past deletions?

If so, I could write a bot in Node.js and host it in, then have the admin provide me with a bot account. But first I need to know if you guys would actually like it.

That's pretty much it. glhf


Posted by ADB52 on 7 January 2019 in English (English)

The search function (Nominatim) has broken, any search returns the result:

Error contacting execution expired

This on top of the direction finder being out of action for over a year. And the territory requests taking a little while longer than usual.

Maybe the idea to put a temporary stop on territory requests until everything is sorted out is the way to get on top of all of these issues.

There really is a problem with the territory requests right now

Posted by JuLn on 7 January 2019 in English (English)

Many people said it before, but territory requests are taking way too long to be approved. I have requested a territory at the beginning of September, the admin told me it would take a few days for them to approve my request. A month later, I messaged them again to remind them of my request, and 3 days after they told me they've been dealing with a lot of issues but that they would get back to me soon. Since I hadn't heard from them for months, I messaged them again towards the end of December, asking them if they had an idea of how long it would take them to approve my request. I haven't heard from them since.

So i have 3 questions for you guys: 1-Do you have any idea what could be the 'issues' the admins are dealing with? 2-Has a similar experience happened to you? 3-If you asked for a territory but did not receive it yet, for how long have you been waiting?

Honestly, I think they should recruit some admins that would work only on accepting territory requests, cause right now it's problematic.


Posted by Rick on 6 January 2019 in Spanish (Español)

Hello my friends.

I write to you again, first to thank your comments a few days ago that have allowed me to advance in my project. Then again I ask for your support, I have already managed to build a small population, but I have not found a way to put a name to it, I wish you could guide me with instructions, since I would like to see your name.

I appreciate your support, friends.

Greetings from Toluca, Mexico.

Hola amigos.

Les escribo de nueva cuenta, primeramente para agradecer sus comentarios de hace unos días que me han permitido avanzar en mi proyecto. Seguidamente de nuevo pido su apoyo, ya he logrado construir una pequeña población, pero no he encontrado la forma de colocarle un nombre, ojala pudieran guiarme con instrucciones, ya que me gustaría se visualice su nombre.

Agradezco su apoyo amigos.

Saludos desde Toluca, México.

Capital City Reworks

Posted by kingfries on 4 January 2019 in English (English)

Happy New Year folks! Currently started redoing my capital city. Maybe this time a bit more... spaced properly. Looking to finish embassy area this week or so. . We'll see. If finished will invite you. Also worked on an island, really proud on myself for actually showing some signs of focusing ahem ahem Will learn editing links too. Been here since late DEC '15, about time I do. But off to bed now, its 2.30am almost.

Happy new year, Happy mapping, Greetings Kingfries

Hey Everyone!

Posted by plainoldbread on 3 January 2019 in English (English)

I'm back right now, and I feel like I can continue the rest of Arlington because I want it to be as big as Ottawa is. The thing about Ottawa is that it's at 900K population and Arlington is at 1M, so I would need to at least make it a little bit bigger.

Location: Aginaw, Brusselspoint, Lenwood, Renault County, Fyndarie, Planoria

Back and here to stay. +Introduction to Islatramma

Posted by Jamie Clumpas on 1 January 2019 in English (English)

Hey everyone! I'm Jamie, and the owner of TA106, AKA Islatramma. I had been operating quite a bit through August and September, maintaining a minimal presence in the forum and dairy, anticipating what has kept me away since then; end of year exams. Now that these are over, I'm ready to really start making a presence in the community and to improve the rate and quality of my mapping.

Now to the good stuff :-)

Islatramma is a tropical nation in eastern Tarephia. The nation has had a history of colonialism and wars, however, the nation is stable, independent and democratic in modern times. Overall, it's style is greatly influenced by Castellanese and Florecentian settlement in its early history. Its modern economy is focused mostly on trading and transhipment, heavy industry (especially oil mining), and science and technology. Aerospace is one of the largest technologies in Islatramma, and I plan on mapping a large space launch complex and facilities for a large aircraft manufacturing conglomerate, Skylink (which is not-so-loosely based on Airbus). I'm happy if you want to use Islatrammese aircraft for your national carriers, too.

That's some of the more important aspects of Islatramma. If you guys have any suggestions or questions, I'd love to hear them.


Location: Suficiencia, Islatramma

Happy New Years!

Posted by theruler on 31 December 2018 in English (English)

Hello everyone, and happy new years! So, here in Hifnakia, we are making us ready for the new years. The beautiful Magaz Skyscraper and Microm Tower in Køby are making themselves ready for the fireworks show! We also celebrated Yalod, the 21st of December! The celebration of Sultan and Wise man Abu Khariya I's death.

So, what are our traditions for new years? Well, alcohol and swine meat is prohibited in Hifnakia and can cost your time, but whatever? We have something we call Neutralchampagne which is a Neutralalkohol, meaning, that instead of Alcohol, it is Carbon Dioxide and Carbonic Acid!

We have that, and then we have the duck and turkey. We pretty much just eat duck, as in Hifnakia, we have so many ducks, that ducks literally use our room for agriculture and stuff, but nevertheless, whole ducks only cost around 18 HFR (15 USD), and whole turkeys go for around 24 HFR (22 USD), sooo.

We have the most delicious ducks, and "the AN even says"(not official, but maybe) that Hifnakians are some of the best for Animal Safety!

Then we eat Pikant Rispilau (Savory Rice Pilau), made with Jasmine Rise, Saffron, Various Spices and a chicken stock.

We then eat Dasik, which is a yoghurt with cucumber (Like Tzatsiki).

And then the Neutralchampagne, and then go out and celebrate.

POI and History

Soooo, with the traditions away, we go to the real world. Hifnakia has been under drastic changes and evolution, and i think that at this point, my mapping is pretty nice, and i can map pretty much without regretting it.

As of June 2018, i got UL030b, (yesss), and i called it Hifnakia. I ignored everything that everyone told me, and straight out mapped cities without geography.

As of August 2018, i regretted it. A nice guy called Trombonist2003 helped me remove all of Hifnakia, and it got straight forward :-)

Then in December 2018 i regretted it. Again, Geography was my least favorite :-( Now i deleted the whole thing myself! You can see the old mapping in TopoMap (slow Topomap)



And now we are here today.


I am just mapping Køby, right now the urban parts of it :-)

All the other settlements

Yup... Not really kind of mapped yet, but hey, still time to read, write and learn more about Urban Planning :-)

Thanks for Austin Huang, Trombonist, TheCuteChick and Jesus Antonio for supporting me on my adventure :-)

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