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How much have OGF progressed from October 2017?

Posted by zhenkang on 20 June 2018 in English (English). Last updated on 21 June 2018.

This is just my own personal report about OGF progress since last October. Feel free to agree or disagree.

I wonder if anyone remembers this diary entry from October 2017.

While I estimate that 70% of the comments are just pure talk, there is still some action taken about the issues mentioned in that diary entry.

  • Firstly, we have the FSA, the USA of OGF, being opened just one or two months ago, with many US-style mappers moving there, or new users going there instead of claiming territories and creating their own mini-USAs out there.

  • Secondly, thanks to the admins and isleno, we have a collective mixture of large and small nations, though sadly no large nations have been claimed since then as they are ‘for advanced users only’. There is currently a new system for obtaining 2nd territories which are larger though.

  • Thirdly, we have a new forum, on the wiki, but only for those who (ahem) still have their wiki privileges. (At least I have a few tryouts with that, before err…)

BUT, we still do not have large nations and other superpowers besides the USA. The cultural map of OGF is still a bit messy (even attempts to create language maps as guides also failed). Furthermore, not many users, even experienced ones, may even have time to claim a large territory even if they meet the criteria. But the balance of powers, is still can be worked on in the future and not our main priorities.

I am not sure what needs to be done if they are still any remaining problems. I just want to write this to see how much we have progressed as an OGF community, and see what we can move on from here. If you can think we have done much better than the aforementioned, just say so. (if there are still any unaddressed problems please go to the admins directly)

(P.S I realised that this September is OGF’s 5th anniversary (we started in 2013 or so, I think?). I hope that can be a true checkpoint for OGF and there will be something to commemorate on that month.)

Comment from Myrcia on 20 June 2018 at 08:31

“I am not sure what to say, and I am not sure what needs to be done”

If no-one wants to take on the lifetime-length task of mapping a huge country then I think that’s okay. OGF seems ot be plodding along nicely with some good, committed mappers on-board. There certainly seem to be fewer young teenagers than there were a year ago which is good.

Comment from zhenkang on 20 June 2018 at 08:40

I will just say this is a report of whatever OGF has already covered.

Comment from The_Cute_Chick on 20 June 2018 at 09:35

If users do not have the time to even map an average-sized country, they could apply for an appropriate collaborative territory that they would like to map in. (In my opinion, most if not all collaborative territories are lacking in collaboration as of this comment sent.)

Or not apply at all and continue mapping in blue countries.


@Myrcia,

There certainly seem to be fewer young teenagers than there were a year ago which is good.

Users age – which is a depressing realisation.

Comment from yoyo21 on 20 June 2018 at 10:20

If young teenagers are good mappers, what’s the problem?

Comment from Rustem Pasha on 20 June 2018 at 14:06

The problem is not the age but rather things which are usually associated with young people. Young people usually want to try new things, it’s good but OGF requires long time planning and obstinacy (I think this word fits here better than “patience”), especially in the big territories. Many teenagers come here, map for two or three weeks and then go away or remake it completely. Of course I’m sure that there are teenagers that have enough of obstinacy to map the whole country and there are adults who haven’t.

The other problem is lack of experience with politics and knowledge about city planning and geography. Teenagers who come here very rarely can create a country with interesting, believable history and their mapping has only a resemblance to the places where they lived (older people also have that problem but usually they have seen more world than teens). Considering that not anglophone teenagers have to learn English before they start mapping in OGF, it results huge amount of poorly drawn copies of USA.


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