User talk:Rothorpe

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Two errors

  1. Albemarle Road, Elmers End, is in fact Altyre Way. A search for Altyre Way goes to that bit of the main road. (There is a real Albemarle Road to the north in Beckenham, correctly marked, though a search takes you to a nearby bus stop.)
  1. Marion Vain Primary School is in fact not so vain, being Marion Vian.
Hi and welcome, Rothorpe! You are invited to correct the errors yourself with your local knowledge, we/I are more than happy to help you. You need to register (it is quickly done!) before you can edit. If you cannot do it please report those errors and correction suggestion via the "add a note" feature (link on bottom right) on [1].
You could look at our Beginners' guide (although it needs some refurbishment...) and/or start away editing and ask here - I will watch. If you have a general question you can find an answer at or you can ask there if the question is not already listed. If you like you can also use our brand new data editor, "iD" - it is made to be more user friendly than the older Potlatch2. You can find it in the "Edit▼" dropdown menu on [2].
Thank you for your help to improve our map! :-) I hope to read from you here. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 23:18, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
Hello and thanks, good to have someone to talk to at last! Well, I've clicked on Edit, and now have a nice aerial photo of the street whose name I want to change. So what do I do now? Rothorpe (talk) 20:19, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
First step done! :-) Do you only see the aerial photo and no map overlayed? Then I suspect you are using Internet Explorer and the new iD editor - this does not work yet (it may work in future for Internet Explorer version 10). Please try Potlatch or another browser. Sorry, I did not think of Internet Explorer when suggesting to use iD.
You should also see the map (although in a different style) and should should be able to select (by clicking) single roads and other objects. Then you can select the road which you want to correct and change its name. Then click "save", enter a short summary what you did and "okay". Done. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:35, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
Done indeed! Many thanks for your excellent tuition! Rothorpe (talk) 00:23, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Well done, thank you! :-) Oh, and, in case you do not know it yet, a general remark: we are not allowed to use most other maps or databases. So please only use your local knowledge and the aerial image in the editor (sponsored with special permission by bing) for your contributions to OSM.
By the way: it was just by chance that I saw your search for help in recent changes. You can ask for help (well, better search for previous questions first) at (also linked in the sidebar at It is meant as collection of frequently and not-so-frequently asked questions. Specific discussions should take place somewhere else. However, also feel free to write me a mail in or here on my talk page. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 01:18, 17 May 2013 (UTC)


for your continuing help. I moved over to Google Chrome, and am getting used to editing with it. I think I'll keep the conversation here, so I can remember what I've said, being old and absent-minded... Is there a key to symbols? Rothorpe (talk) 18:06, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

Sure, most people keep the old conversations on the talk pages. Usually the content is moved to a subpage called Archive if there is too much old stuff.
Which symbols (where?) do you mean? Do you mean the symbols on the standard map on There is only (available via the menu on the left side). Also see or - may contain your question. Does that help? --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 23:35, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Yes, indeed. How did I miss it? Rothorpe (talk) 00:01, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Chile and Peru border disappears

(heading previously: Chile & Argentina)

On smaller scales, the border disappears. Rothorpe (talk) 17:24, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Hello Rothorpe, in case that was meant as question: The border is shown all the time for me. Could you please copy and paste a permalink of a spot where the border has disappeared? --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 19:06, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
Hello again, yes, thanks for quick reply. I've never used permalink before, but if I understand you correctly, the link is: I've tried Explorer, too, and that doesn't show the border at these scales either. Strange. Rothorpe (talk) 22:32, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
Yes, exactly, this link I meant. The border between Chile and Arg. seems to be complete. E.g. exactly at this place:
The border between Chile - Peru and is not shown (for me) on the zoom level you've linked to. I don't know why, it may be temporary or it not because it is that small? --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:56, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
Yes, stupid me, I meant Chile and Peru of course. Still strange though. It really should be visible at all scales, I should have thought. Rothorpe (talk) 23:58, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
Oh, hehe, okay. The three parts of the border were all not edited this year (and I would guess that those low zoom level tiles get updated a bit more often, but maybe not), strange. However, a bit of info (left and right countries and name) was missing, but don't think it should case the missing display. edited. Will have a thought about this again in the next days (I never did anything with country borders...) and maybe ask someone else. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 02:16, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
OK, thanks. (I must have been thinking too much about the Falklands/Malvinas.) Rothorpe (talk) 22:39, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
See this map comparison - some other OSM renderings/styles also don't show the border. It may be time related since the update intervals are greatly different. So if there was a problem with the border in the OSM data at some time or if there is currently a problem in the OSM data but it was okay before than such behaviour also could appear. I will get back to this ... Off-topic note regarding the linked page: although also other map services like google, bing, yahoo, ... are shown we are strictly not allowed to base our OSM improvements on those other maps. Just looking is okay of course. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 00:03, 25 May 2013 (UTC)
OK, thanks again. Rothorpe (talk) 13:24, 25 May 2013 (UTC)