Wikimapia cityguides

Hello Wikimapians!

We are releasing cityguides project, that combines all data from each city, town etc. Cityguide provides information about city streets, categorized places and also presents comments and photos for all places and streets inside city.

Now every city or town page has a link to it's cityguide and every place in that city contains this link too.

We hope you will enjoy the new feature and that it will be useful for you, and will widen Wikimapia audience as well.

Some other examples: Delhi, Moscow, Shanghai, New York City.


History revisions approve

Hello, advanced users!

One more upgrade of history and watchlist features for you: now you are able to approve history revisions. This is aimed to help advanced users to save their time and don't have to check the same revision one by one many times.

After you have checked certain revision and found it is correct, you can click "Approve" button and from this moment on the selected revision would be marked as approved in history and in everybody’s watchlists. If some revisions in your watchlist are marked with green tick icon it means that some advanced users has already checked this revision and found it to be correct.

The first user who approves the revision will be given 10 experience points for this action. If the revision is already approved you are still able to approve it (more approvers meant that revision is good). List of approvers is shown in the revision info.


Linear objects Undo tool

Finally, today we are introducing an undo tool for linear objects revisions. It is now possible to remove any vandal revision or recover miles of good roads in one click.
The Undo button is located in the linear object revision interface (you open it by clicking on any linear revision in your Watchlist). Important note: just like the place history undo tool, you are able to revert only the last revision of a selected area!
As with all other linear objects functions this tool is available only for users with level 2 or higher.


Wikimapia moved to new faster servers

Hello Wikimapians! We have moved Wikimapia to new faster servers. The movement has taken about half the day and Wikimapia was locked for editing in this time to prevent loss of information. As we moved to the new servers, hardware and software there may be some bugs, if you notice any, please write here.


Moving Special pages to users profile

Wikimapia Special pages list was moved into user's profile. It still has the same interface but now you can find it in Tools tab of your profile. Also Tools are available from main menu, as usual.


New collaboration tool

We are releasing new collaboration tool which is going to help users to work on wikimapia tasks together, for example: cleaning of cluttered areas, adding polygons to old places without polygons, removing duplicated streets and objects etc.

Right along with the tool we are starting the first collaboration "Adding polygons to places without polygons".


Places without descriptions

You know, Wikimapia team has a friend, his name is Max and he’s a very accurate person. He loves order and completeness in almost everything he does. His books stand on shelves in alphabetic order while plates on kitchen are always washed. Despite your thoughts, people like him exist. Each object which Max adds on Wikimapia is a wiki-art itself: the description is very full and scrupulous, links, categories, and photographs are added.

But Max is not very fond of drawing. He is a writer, and he do not like to draw outlines at all! Well, when a building has simple form and it is single one - no problem, really! But when he wants to add a complex object to the map - this outline drawing is a nightmare for him. Max would love to describe and add information about something beautiful and, well, multangular if he were not got so tired with drawing. So Max adds simple objects to Wikimapia and edit information of existing ones.

And not so long ago we’ve met Tony. He’s a designer. He tries to draw with everything, what can leave a mark on the surface! He’s mad about drawing! And when he have seen Wikimapia he began to draw and draw and draw beautiful outlines, because that’s fun for him!

But (yes, this «but» is everywere) to save an outline Tony has to add description to the object. But sometimes he doesn’t even know what he’s just outlined! That was a problem for him. No address, no description, just good accurate contour. And by the way, when people see Tommy's outlines, they add information to them with pleasure.

Wikimapia team knows a lot of people like Max and Tony. Somebody is fond of describing, somebody likes drawing. We thought a lot, how can we help these people...And so, we decided to allow people to outline as many objects as they want and save these objects WITHOUT a description. Just in case that somebody’s having fun, when just drawing. And it’s very possible that somebody as accurate and scruplulous as Max will add addresses and perfect descriptions to these objects... Isn’t it nice?

Your Wikimapia Team.

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