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Discuss the Editing article here. Some out-of date questions were moved to Talk:Editing/Archive

Foreign names

Well, what is the policy for the foreign names. For example, should the capital of Russia be noted as Moscow, Moskva or Москва?Vitalyzator 02:51, 4 April 2007 (BST)

See Translation#OpenStreetMap_map_data
The Moscow city place node is given a 'name' tag with Москва (the name as it is known locally), but it is also given a 'name:en' tag with 'Moscow' (the english name) and lots of other language names besides. See all the tags on the moscow place node.
-- Harry Wood 18:08, 16 October 2010 (BST)

When will my chandes become visible

I've made some edits, by they are only visible in edit mode, not in view mode. Howw long will it take so they'll be visible in view mode also? Vitalyzator 02:51, 4 April 2007 (BST)

It would take an hour or two for it to be visible in View mode, some changes might take upto a week.Note: Not all changes will be shown. - varun.tayur 11:45, 16 October 2010
Thanks for answering the question varun. We were a bit slow there. (3 years!)
By the way, another way to answer the question would be linking to FAQ#I have just made some changes to the map. How do I get to see my changes?, and Question:I have made edits but they don't show up on the map
-- Harry Wood 18:00, 16 October 2010 (BST)

Google map Option?

While using satalite imagery to map there is only the option to use Yahoo Aerial maps. Why do we not have the option to use other satalite imagery as in MSN arial Maps or Google area maps? --Nickvet419 05:37, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

For this to be legal, the imagery providers would need to give us explicit permission to use their aerial photos. We only have got a permission from Yahoo (see Yahoo! Aerial Imagery), not from Google or MSN. --Schuetzm 08:49, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
Potlatch2 has an option to overlay with Bing (Microsoft) imagery. In the area I work with I've found that the Bing imagery is an older, poorer quality base that covers everything and has a lot of newer good quality partial overlays. So depending upon the area, Yahoo imagery may be better than Bing. --Panther37 02:00, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

Tabular list of editors

We seem to have moved to a tabular list of editors, using the User:TTTBot as seen on the Software pages. That's a fairly sweeping change to a long-standing key wiki page. A little explanation here would be good.

Is it an improvement? One thing which doesn't work so well now, is that Potlatch and JOSM are not clearly shown at the top of the list. Perhaps in theory I'm making a terribly subjective judgement and all editor software should be treated equally. practice Potlatch and JOSM are the primary two options for full OpenStreetMap editing functionality and to obscure that information is confusing to site visitors.

For now I'm going to reinstate the short descriptions of Potlatch and JOSM at the top of the page. Another idea might be to bring in some user agent API usage stats into the table, and then order by that by default. This would bring Potlatch and JOSM to the top (comfortably to the top. All other editors have insignificant numbers of users by comparison)

-- Harry Wood 12:38, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

I had removed Potlatch 2 because I thought it was being phased out, but chatting to RichardF on IRC just now, it turns out he's still keen to see it listed there and it's still under active development "it's not in hyperactive development, but in the next past it's got editor-imagery-index support, tag memory, improvements to the geometry adjust feature, a floating imagery window, a tasks palette, and bookmarks". Also users on Internet Explorer get shown Potlatch 2 rather than iD. -- Harry Wood (talk) 11:24, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Deletion of navigation bar

I propose to delete the navigation bar containing help, upload, about, browsing and this page. Please discuss at the Upload page. --Cantho (talk) 05:58, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

I updated help menu with your pages How to contribute, Contribute map data so they all accessible within few clicks via tabs. Xxzme (talk) 19:39, 29 August 2015 (UTC)