New message interchange system

You've probably noticed a new tab in your profile page recently.


So, what's this about? It's a significant update to our message interchange system. Read more...

Some of you could've once or more faced a problem of inappropriate use of our personal messaging system, i.e. threats, spam or dirty language.

We've decided that the system is far too simple to solve this problem, so we changed its structure and added some features to avoid such things to happen to our users.

Since threats, spam and swearing are against our rules, and most of them usually come from persons you contact for the first time, a natural thing to do is to make these first conversations public and accessible from user's profile by default. Thereby, such actions will be able to meet relevant and righteous reaction.

But it doesn't mean these measures should affect the whole privacy of personal messages. Therefore we added a possibility for users to confirm their mutual confidence and make their further conversation private. This is what we named "Trusted users". You may propose other users to make you their trusted partner and confirm or decline their requests to do so, thereby controlling the privacy of your messages.

So there is how your contacts list will be looking:


These sections are: the list of requests from the users who want to exchange private messages with you; the list of users with whom your conversation could be private, and the list of users all the messages to and from who will be public and visible on your and their profile pages. Here also you can manage the incoming and outgoing invitations to "trusted users" group.

Conversations in itself will look pretty much the same, except of their privacy status will be pointed out by color and marks like this:


If you and your partner are mutually trusted, it's fully up to you, whether to send the message privately or publicly. In the mean time, there will be no such option for a user you haven't accepted as trusted.

Important note: None of your existing messages will be published.

And this is how the public messages list will look on one's personal page:


As you can see, they are just like the message threads you probably already got used to, but visible to everyone. So the facts of offensive language, threats or spam will no longer remain unpunished, nor the users should claim without proof anymore, that they were offended by anyone or, for example, were never warned by experienced users of their mistakes.


Autocomplete in street names

How many times while editing roads you needed to type in or stop and check the name of the street or it's particular section? Now it should be easier for you for we've launched a new feature for roads editing - road name autocompletion. It will suggest you the exact names of the streets near and around the currently edited section.


You just need to type in a couple of letters or simply click in the input field to let the system bring the suggestions. If you found the right street - select it, then after you save the segment as a part of this street, you will be able to update street's description. If you didn't find an existing name and prefer to type it yourself, you will be hinted that you are creating a new street and given an opportunity to add a description for it right away.


Google Top 1000 sites

Some time ago Google Ad Planner service create a list of 100 biggest sites in the world. This list is updated monthly as new Ad Planner datasets are released. The list defines sites as top-level domains.

For each site on the list, you'll be able to see:

The site category
Unique Visitors (users)
Page Views

Wikimpia.org is entered in this list and it's ranked #341. We hope that we will rise in this rankings for one of the first places in the future. Stay tuned!


Wikimapia statistics


Do you know, how many people crosses Atlatntic Ocean from Europe to North America every year, what part of a life a man spends in waiting for a green traffic light, or how many roads are added to Wikimapia every day?

Well, we were extremelly interested in answers to these questions, especially to the last one, so we've released Wikimapia statistics. This is very demonstrative tool, where you can see a lot of interesting stats: number of places added per day, total length of roads on Wikimapia, and more.

You can find it in Login -> Wikimapia statistics. And here's an image of our Statistics window:


We hope, you'll find something interesting there!
Wikimapia team.

By the way, average human spends more than 6 months of his life waiting for a green traffic light.


New year

Dear Wikimapians!
We wish you a wonderful and happy New Year! It certainly will be creative and inspiring for us all. Wikimapia team has great plans for this year, starting from new history and watchlist for all actions in Wikimapia to new interesting features which we had in mind for a long time.

Let's describe the whole world!
Wikimapia team.


Changes in place deletion

Today we change place deletion interface. From this time you must choose reason for place deletion and it will be saved for later use (also will be shown in future releases of watchlist). Current reasons for deletion are:

    There is no place marked by this outline
    Non-existent place, even if it was there in the past
    Planned building or road, which have not been constructed yet
    Movable object or vehicle: bus, car, ferry, airplane, ship etc
    A non-existing place where any event happened
    Duplicate place
    Place has incorrect description (propose to correct/clear information)
    Place has incorrect outline (propose to correct outline)


Wikimapia launches Wikimapia API

We've been promising this since the beginning, and now it happened. Today we open our Wikimapia Database through Wikimapia API. Since that day developers around the world can integrate Wikimapia Geo Data into their external applications and web sites. We provide you with free access to Wikimapia DB, collected by our contributors, with the aim to help the geographic community to use this data not only on Wikimapia site, but through any other website or application, including mobile and GIS apps. So everyone can use them everywhere.

We open Wikimapia data free for non-commercial use (as you mention the original data source, according Wikimapia TOS). We will be in close contact with developers via our discussion forum in API section, supporting them with all the required documentation and updates. Hope soon we will publish a best-practices guide for our API. Our API is still a developing stage (beta), more features will be added soon such as roads, graphic tiles use, then adding information from mobile devices to Wikimapia DB.

Find out more here http://wikimapia.org/api/. Start with registration and reading our usage rules (and applying for the key). Then go ahead - start developing your software! Your feedback and suggestions are welcome!