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Capital City - Streets gone mad 4 days ago

I remember that one. It's Dunkirk.

Wiki password problems about 1 month ago

Sorry for not replying before. I totally overlooked your message. There was indeed no email address associated with your wiki account, which I just fixed. Please try again. If it still doesn't work, let me know; I'll then set a temporary password manually.

Proposal: a new standard for maritime boundaries 3 months ago

Seconding the use of "maritime=yes". As mstr said, this is indeed what determines which boundaries to draw at zoom levels 0-3.

How many inhabitants? 4 months ago

I'd say less than Barcelona, but more than Valencia:

Also I was thinking about the possibility of counting the buildings via an Overpass query, and then multiplying by a suitable factor. To get some idea about the factor, I googled for "inhabitants per building", and among the results this paper came up, which appears to describe a process like that (for real-world cities using OSM data):

Should a new territory admin be designated? 4 months ago

As has been mentioned above, the admin team has been expanded recently:

Which will enable us to get the territory grant process started again. Expect an announcement soon.

My glacier doesn't want to be rendered 4 months ago

The way is not properly closed:

Nominatim 5 months ago

The search box was always there, but because I never intended to install Nominatim, I built a workaround solution based on the Overpass API. I'm going to enable that one again. Until the, you can use a similar search mechanism here:

Note that the search is strictly limited to the displayed map area. Slower than Nominatim, especially when the search area is large.

The direction finder, unfortunately, cannot as easily be replaced, so I'm going to remove it for now.

Let me also add that the Nominatim/Routing outage doesn't have anything to do with Isleño's recent inactivity. Those services were provided by user "martinum4" who has indeed been missing for a while.

Five Years of OGF 9 months ago

The exact date was 1 September 2013.

Overview Map "Forbidden 9 months ago

Oops, my fault. Messed up some directory permissions, should be fixed now.

Interstate Freeway 45 and the Peakton Cliff 11 months ago

It looks like the "cliff" started out as the "land_area=administrative" relation for Commonia, and then seriously degraded over time. Finally some rather clueless mapper added the "natural=cliff" tag, which doesn't make any sense at all. At least that tag should be removed, and the "land_area" relation in its current state isn't of much use also:

Would it be worth the effort of repairing and then maintaining it? I don't know.

Any possible way to see past versions of OGF? 11 months ago

The OSM software keeps old object versions in the database, with timestamp. So, theoretically it should be possible to extract a snapshot for any given date, with a suitable tool.

But there's also a much easier method: I still have many old export files lying around somewhere, even if they're not available on the backup page anymore. If there's interest, I could upload some of them again. Of course, you'd still have to find a way to render them.

Redeveloping Ellmouth 11 months ago


Probably not, but I don't know.

Redeveloping Ellmouth 12 months ago

For local rendering of .osm files, try Maperitive.

Very promising new WebGL globe 12 months ago

Also, let me add that I'm open to replacing the night map by a more convincing one, if someone takes on the effort to create one.

Very promising new WebGL globe 12 months ago

You're correct about the script, but the tags used are


The generated image is here:

Each pixel's brightness is directly determined by the number of highway nodes projected into that location, with values ranging from 0 - 255 (with the value set to 255 if the node count is higher).

In a first version, I used all types of highways without regard of the tag value. The only reason I didn't use it, was that Roantra came out much to bright because of its comparatively high density of small country roads. IMO it's still too bright, but now more acceptable.

JOSM problem about 1 year ago

Please try again. All URLs are being redirected to https since yesterday, which doesn't seem to work well with the "remote control" feature. So for now the remote control link has been switched back to use http only.

First language in the world (OGF) about 1 year ago

Maybe someone should do an experiment to find out ...

Rodana S1 E1 – The beginning and the port problem over 1 year ago

I guess it was a simple misunderstanding, but it's not true that you aren't allowed to use Romanian language just because someone else already did. Nobody here has a monopoly on using any real world language.

Just imagine we had a rule like this for English. Probably half of all users would be in violation of it.

Rendering engine slowdown ? over 1 year ago

Oops, forgot to re-enable rendering after doing some maintenance work. Everything should appear soon.

Flooding almost 2 years ago

Should be fixed now; was probably a remnant of the earlier flooding. OGF's tile expiry mechanism isn't particularly well suited for the case of flooding, which causes tiles that have been rendered in a flooded state to remain that way after the flooding itself has been fixed.

If there are still flooded tiles (after clearing your browser cache), please let me know.