We finally had a Latimer Road mapping party last night. The patch of unnamed streets in this bit of West London had been bugging me for about a year now. Why had nobody ventured into the area in all that time? We thought the reason was that it's a horrible bunch of dodgy concrete jungle housing estates. As it turned out it was a combination of concrete estates and super-posh georgian terraced houses strangely existing side-by-side. Quite similar to slice 7 at last year's session near Elephant & Castle (woosh! the map's come on a long way since then!)
We converged on the pub, and discovered that "The Station" had a new name "Garden Bar & Grill". That kind of thing causes a problem for meet-up logistics, but look on the bright side node number 391843331 makes us more up-to-date than beerintheevening.com, fancyapint.com, google streetview ...well for that pub at least. And a very nice pub it was too, although at those prices it would be. I guess this pub caters to the inhabitants of the georgian terraced houses rather than the concrete estates.
Everyone found us in there eventually, although we did start to wonder about someone who had signed up on the wiki at the last minute by the name of 'Wynndale'. He'd volunteered to map the westerly cake slices 15 & 16 which were rumoured to be the skankiest of the concrete estates, deep within White City gang land. We started to fear some sort of mapping casualty before we'd even met the chap, but he turned up a bit later on.
Whilst enjoying expensive beers on plush sofas we chatted about various things: Our encounters with dubious bugs in JOSM, which (still in fact) don't make it clear when an upload has failed. JOSM should perhaps offer an old style uploading option, as a fall-back alternative to the new diff upload. The causes of 'precondition failed' error responses and how they are triggered in the API by relation editing.
...and the hardest problem of all: Where the hell are we going to go mapping next? Sadly we didn't really solve this conundrum. Looking at a printout of NoName London, we really need to get out to zone 4 and beyond, so one suggestion was to reduce the number of evening mapping parties, and slot in a few weekend ones where we journey out to somewhere. Give me some more feedback on this. Good idea or not?
I'll put details for the next one on the wiki page shortly (unless someone else wants to do it!) It looks like we'll have to bite the bullet and map Peckham. Dave helpfully reminded me of the alternative names for this part of London. "Camberwell" or "South Bermondsey" sound much nicer!