We are about to launch the new version of MapRoulette! Finally! The most obvious changes are that you now sign in using your OSM account - so you can track your and other mappers’ progress, and multiple challenges being available to choose from! We will launch the day after tomorrow with four new challenges to start with: the familiar Zorro Ways, ways with overlapping parts, wrong one way ways (if you know a better name, let me know..) and tangled ways. More to come!

Behind the scenes much more has changed. There is now an API for challenge providers to post their own challenges (let me know if you want access), challenges can have an area associated with them so you will be able to choose a challenge that is local to you, and they also have difficulty levels. The entire application has also been rebuilt from the ground up to be more stable, scalable, and allow more flexibility for different types of challenges in the future. If you want to see how MapRoulette is built, check out MapRoulette on Github.

So, on March 12, head on over to and start fixing!

Location: Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California, United States

Comment from Firefishy on 11 March 2014 at 10:03

Awesome. Bring it on.

Comment from stragu on 11 March 2014 at 23:50

Exciting! Thanks for the hard work! Any plans to give challenges to users depending on where the user is? Or is it specifically challenges that don’t require any local knowledge to fix? Cheers!

Comment from stragu on 11 March 2014 at 23:51

Haha great work at reading the post only partially, myself… Sorry about that! Anyway, another question: any plans for mobile? :)

Comment from mvexel on 12 March 2014 at 00:13

Yes, there is functionality for getting ‘local’ challenges although it is not fully leveraged in the UI yet. MapRoulette remains more suited for bugs that do not require local knowledge, however.

Mobile is not planned for the immediate future, but MapRoulette does have an API now that could potentially be opened up for third party apps.

Comment from mvexel on 12 March 2014 at 15:38

we’re live at!

Comment from todrobbins on 28 March 2014 at 22:06

Great work Martijn!

Comment from todrobbins on 28 March 2014 at 22:09

How do you change/cycle through map styles? I can’t figure out how to enable the Bing imagery view. Cheers!

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