Richard has commented on the following diary entries

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Potlatch 2.5 8 months ago

What issue is that?

Potlatch 2.5 8 months ago

The reason for defaulting to the multipolygon relation is that standard practice is now that, in the case of a multipolygon, tags should be on the relation. So if you're tagging a building with a hole, the relation should be tagged building=yes (as well as type=multipolygon), and the constituent ways should be untagged. No other type of relation is automatically selected. See, etc.

Shift-drag needs finessing to stop accidental zooms, rather than disabling entirely, and I'll do that when I have a spare minute. There'll be an option to customise the maximum data level in a future version.

Potlatch 2.5 8 months ago

@metatech Now fixed in the code, will be fixed on next time it's deployed.

The difference between a roundabout and "just a road that goes in a circle" 8 months ago

+1 to Vincent; very common in the UK too.

Potlatch 2.5 8 months ago

Heh - someone can write a JOSM plugin to do that but it'll have to be someone who uses JOSM, understands the JOSM codebase and has more than a passing knowledge of Java, none of which is me!

Potlatch 2.5 8 months ago

Thanks. Probably the tag selector getting in the way even though it's closed - I've had that problem before. I'll take a look.

Potlatch 2.5 8 months ago

@metatech: hm. That'll be related to dialogue boxes appearing on the screen - one of the changes in 2.5 is that the normal keypresses are blocked when (for example) the save dialogue is on the screen. It should restore them when the dialogue is closed, but it sounds like it isn't doing so. If you could come up with steps to reproduce this consistently that'd be a huge help.

@ghost_07: good idea! @sulagaloh: hopefully a keyboard shortcut to select the way would fix your issue; I'll look into that.

the centre of Berlin 8 months ago

I would expect this most central spot to be often in front of the townhall (maybe sometimes the cathedral) or the main market square (in traditional towns) or likely both.

In Britain, it's often a central junction where the historic through-roads meet. So in Oxford it's Carfax, in Gloucester it's The Cross, here in little Charlbury it's Bull Corner, and so on.

What happened to Potlatch 2 ? 9 months ago

Side effect of another change. It'll be back in the next version.

Newcomers are welcome, even Pokemon Go mappers 10 months ago

Rory: amen to that. As a data consumer, I recognise that more harm can be done to the utility of the map by one self-regarding "super mapper" than by a thousand newbies adding ponds.

Colloquial English 10 months ago

Same school of thought as the dozens of narrowboats called "Meander"...

Progress Report: Railway Crossings challenge for MapRoulette 10 months ago

Excellent. I had noticed a bunch of newly marked railway crossings while fixing up TIGER classifications!

Share with Twitter / Facebook 11 months ago

The latter is :)

Copywriter Hong Kong 12 months ago


Finding the local experts 12 months ago

Groups on! :)

A halfway functional pull request exists ( but it was never finished and needs restarting from scratch, really. But the intention was absolutely to cater for situations like this.

Please remove this Spammer about 1 year ago

There is some irony in pinning permanent notes on trees to complain about other notes on trees which are removed, while the permanent notes stay there forever...

IRC: go to; type a nickname (e.g. 'alexkemp') in the first box; select #osm (general channel), #osm-dev (development), #osm-gb (Great Britain) in the dropdown; click 'Login'; type away and ask your question!

Tools I wish I had: smarter paved vs unpaved road defaults. about 1 year ago's routing does this to some extent: it has different surface assumptions in urban vs rural areas. In particular, in the US, it assumes that highway=residential, tiger:reviewed=no is paved in urban areas, but not in rural areas. But yes, getting more roads explicitly tagged would be a big win.

Trails vs. social paths about 1 year ago

This has been discussed a few times before. OSM maps "what's on the ground", so it's not wrong to map these paths; however, if access is forbidden, then the consensus is to tag them as:

  • highway=path
  • access=no
  • informal=yes

You can read up on the background at and the various linked pages.

Merkaartor: Call for new features in 0.19.0 release about 1 year ago

Great to see Merkaartor being revived.

OSM editor for mapping on iOS mobile devices? about 1 year ago

Go Map!!