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JOSM 18303

Posted by ADB52 on 4 November 2021 in English (English).

Since downloading the latest release of JOSM (18303), it returns bug warnings and does not load a number of plug-ins that are actually fairly useful. I have filed a bugreport to the compilers, but was wondering if anybody else had similar experiences.

Is it worthwhile reverting to an earlier release of JOSM?


Posted by ADB52 on 6 October 2021 in English (English).

I am detecting problems with the uploads of changesets. Changeset 1139474 is to do with the relocation of the Utterland city of Galmosen to the east by 13 km. As can be seen on the map, there is a section of railway at a crazy angle, which is NOT shown as such on JOSM. Changeset 1134839 contains the deletion of several primary roads and railways in Utterland, which (again) are not shown as deleted on the map. Today, I discovered that changeset 1134798, uploaded by bhj867 served to delete parts of a river that forms the border between Isztianorszag and Utterland, following the deletion of a very large multipolygon of landuse=forest that stretched from Utterland to Pretany. bhj867 has informed me that he did not download data from Utterland. Does anyone else have similar glitches, and could this be looked into. Thanks.

Red crosses in JOSM

Posted by ADB52 on 3 October 2021 in English (English).

Since the transition, the slippy map on JOSM (for selecting an area for download) merely shows a grid with red lines, big red crosses and a selection rectangle. It is possible of course to select your area for editing from OGF, so it’s not a deal-breaker.

Potlatch & Flash

Posted by ADB52 on 10 December 2020 in English (English). Last updated on 11 December 2020.

Before you read this post, please read below:


Diaries without this text may be deleted. However, even if you do include it in your post, please think twice if what you have to say is really that urgent and necessary before uploading. Now is not the time for off-topic discussions.

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From the OGF admin team, this has been Eklas.


I don’t normally use the Potlatch editor, but when I switched it on for a small edit, I got an on-screen prompt to allow Adobe Flash to run. Adobe Flash will be discontinued on December 31st, and by implication, Potlatch will be disabled as well.

Is provision going to be made for those users who normally use Potlatch?

Mapping not reflected

Posted by ADB52 on 19 April 2020 in English (English).

My edits in Utterland for today (changesets 897622 and 897739) are not reflected on the map. CS 897622 was uploaded at 18.49 GMT today, and five hours later the edits still not visible. Does anyone know anything?

Update: issue resolved.

Firth of Hetzer

Posted by ADB52 on 19 October 2019 in English (English).

I’m proposing to change the southern end of the Firth of Hetzer, in that it will end on a line between Middel Hetzer (west) and Meldich (east). Although fully within the territory of Utterland, it is quite a change in coastline. Anybody got any objections? Have written to the owner of Shlonsk, which is only a few km north of this proposed line.

Current situation OLD

Proposed situation NEW

Location: Cheboksarsky District, Chuvashia, Volga Federal District, Russia


Posted by ADB52 on 29 May 2019 in English (English).

Had a crash on the PC which wiped out my JOSM settings. Managed to get most things back to the way I had them, with one exception: when I ask to download an area, I get a real-life map (of somewhere in Russia). The FAQ gives an indication, but that does not work. It’s no great problem, but a little hint would come in useful.



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.

Shipping lines in the Gulf of Hetzer

Posted by ADB52 on 7 October 2018 in English (English).

Regarding the Gulf of Hetzer, it has occurred to me that a shipping line could be established to serve ports on that body of water. My suggestion to the other mappers on the Gulf is to link Caerarthen (Tircambry) with Eskwick (Wesmandy), Kongshavn and Vinn (Vinnmark), Larmonne (UL141), Szenhegy (Isztanorszag), Minogue (Hinton), Kirchenburgh (Welstand-Westrijk), Ligota (Szlonsk) and Solsburg (Utterland). What do we think?

Location: Shakhunya Urban Okrug, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Volga Federal District, Russia

JOSM problem

Posted by ADB52 on 2 June 2018 in English (English).

Updated to JOSM version 13878 today, and all of a sudden I cannot edit using the Edit > JOSM dropdown. It says “Editing failed - make sure JOSM or Merkaartor is loaded and the remote control option is enabled”, even though JOSM is loaded and the remote control option IS engaged. I have tried downgrading to 13860, but to no avail.

Any help welcome.


Posted by ADB52 on 8 March 2018 in English (English).

A year after joining the site, I have stripped Utterland of most of its road and rail infrastructure. Only the topographical features remain, and will form the basis of an attempt at a structured rebuild. What also remains are what I believe to be the better attempts at proper mapping, such as the cities of Galmosen, Solsburg and Welle and the Graufen Valley north of Galmosen. Constructive suggestions welcome.

Cross-border rail and road links (to Szlonsk, Vinnmark, Ventria, Isztianorszag and Koban) will remain as they are.

Location: Шумерлинский муниципальный округ, Chuvashia, Volga Federal District, 429105, Russia

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.

Changes not showing on map

Posted by ADB52 on 19 November 2017 in English (English).

A couple of hours ago, I changed the designation of several roads in Utterland to convert them into highway N11 (a primary road all the way) in . The changeset shows in the history, but is not reflected not on the map. Can anyone help?


Posted by ADB52 on 20 October 2017 in English (English).

I have two questions about Nominatim. Firstly, names of places I mapped in recent days (e.g. Kreserheim, a suburb of Galmosen ( do not show up in a search.

Secondly, when I go to the Nominatim page for OGF, the search results that do work are shown on a real world map.


Posted by ADB52 on 12 October 2017 in English (English).

I have a multipolygon named Borgense Park in the east of Utterland. However, the label for the MP appears far away from the actual location - look at The westernmost extremity of Borgense Park shows up to the east of Uisteren, yet the label is rendered 60 km to the west, near Rijksbergen. I have previously split the multipolygon, which may have something to do with it. The issue only appears in zoom 10.

OSRM Direction finder

Posted by ADB52 on 7 October 2017 in English (English).

The lovely direction finder has lost its way; it claims there are no road connections between places that patently do have a direct road link. Could someone have a look?


Posted by ADB52 on 7 September 2017 in English (English).

Parts of Uletha are flooded in zooms 9-11; I’m aware of an earlier flooding problem, and can see no problems in the coastline maintenance map.

Location: Ямашево, Kanashsky District, Chuvashia, Volga Federal District, Russia

Directions for railways

Posted by ADB52 on 10 July 2017 in English (English).

I continue to be intrigued by the direction finder for roads. Following on from the idea of an OGF Interrail card, would it be possible to query directions for rail travel?

Strange edits

Posted by ADB52 on 8 July 2017 in English (English).

There have been edits in Vinnmark from adminero_us’s account, but they have caused flooding. Looking in JOSM, the coastline has been substantially altered on top of existing mapping. Is it possible that adminero_us’s account is compromised?

Learning curve

Posted by ADB52 on 23 June 2017 in English (English).

So I have been mapping roads and putting in villages, towns and cities into Utterland with not an awful lot of detail. Yes, I have got some topography put in as well, with hills and rivers and even an estuary and a port. but it is all a bit sketch-mappy. The only places with some degree of detail are my cities of Welle, Solsburg and Galmosen - and even these are still sketchy. I know I was anxious to fill the place, and make it look like a real country. But I’m miles away from that, and I realise that this was one of the pitfalls of OGF. The more sensible approach is probably to stick to one project at a time, one town or city, and work that up into high detail. Patience, it would seem, is a virtue I’ll need to reacquire.

Happy mapping.

Location: Cheboksarsky District, Chuvashia, Volga Federal District, Russia