We are introducing e-mail verification for new users, to help in the struggle against spammers and vandals.
Now every new user will have to verify his e-mail address after registration. Until the user completes this step his access level will be reduced to the same as a Guest's, so registration with a fake e-mail address gives spammers no advantage and no access to fully fledged users' features. It is also impossible to use the same e-mail address for more than one user account. For all email duplicates (of course we found some) we left last one (those, which have the newest 'lastseen' time) as is, and the others were renamed with suffix '__dupl%' (% - number of founded duplicate). All renamed mails are not verified.
All other currently registered users' e-mail addresses are considered as verified. But please note - if you change your e-mail address in your profile settings, you will have to verify it.
Some of the users will see a beta of roads, just want to have some opinions.
To not new users: If you would like to test this, just write here (I'll delete request later).
At this moment roads are visible/editable starting from ZOOM 13 and more.
Multiple segments selection and other properties will be soon.
Just turn on roads in View panel.
Not very recent information (we are quite busy with development): we opened a forum to be closer to our contributors and to enable them to communicate with each other about Wikimapia subjects. Our forum is here: http://wikimapia.org/forum/
Also there are many minor updates in many aspects, plus after many requests we are going to turn on mouse wheel support. More serious updates are coming, but first we want to let our advanced users to test them before releases. That is why we can not give you detailed information at the moment
Currently we are working on a new version of Wikimapia, beta of which we are planning to reveal in September.
What will be in a new version:
fully editable map, ability of adding/updating such map objects as buildings, regions, roads - everything we usually see on a map and even more with descriptions and other useful information;
all information will be categorized;
user trust system with object verification system.
We hope that with this changes we will have time to finish export routine coding, therefore our users could be able to download data created in Wikimapia to their portable devices or favorite software.
Also we are planning to publish: Terms of Service, Copyright Notice and Privacy Notice.
31st of May we visited Google Developers Day in Moscow where Google presented their new addition to Google Maps - Mapplets (a kind of gadget for maps).
After a while we made Wikimapia mapplet which in fact is a layer of Wikimapia on Google Maps. Currently Google Mapplets function is in preview mode, for techgeeks interesting in it there's a special link.
So, to see a Wikimapia layer on Google Maps you have to add Wikimapia layer to your Google mapplets using this link, and then this layer will be visible at Google Maps 2 preview.
We finished the translation system, and now we are able to translate Wikimapia interface to all languages we want. We have 60 languages and only Russian and English translated.
If you want to help us to translate (using easy web interface) from English into languages below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and send your Wikimapia username and real name (to be remembered in Wikimapia history). Also you may check at our wiki if languages are taken for translation.
languages to translate:
We are taking the firsts steps with vector data in Wikimapia. From now it is possible to add polygon info for places (only for registered users at this moment).
Currently we cannot show many polygons (browsers are too slow with them), later we will find a better way to present polygons. For now we are just highlighting polygon when you mouseover the place.
If you have any ideas, suggestions for improvement, bug reports or comments email us at email@example.com, or discuss it at Wikimapia forum.
We have added new features that allow to measure distances and areas. We hope you would find them useful. Look for them in the main Wikimapia menu.