New Year is coming; no doubt it will bring us many new opportunities and new discoveries. Let’s take a look and reflect what major improvements in Wikimapia had brought us last year:
- Users levels and experience points.
- Improved user profile page with different tabs including stats and awards.
- Statusgrid which rates parts of the map depending on quality.
- Cityguide which created a page for each city combining all information it has got.
- Places history was greatly improved, added more features such as history for linear objects.
- Watchlist improvements
- New photo uploader
- Many new features in tools page
Let’s see what this New Year will bring us.
We wish you a Happy New Year, hope it is filled with love, luck and inspiration for you all in the coming year!
We have completed an essential upgrade to our system and we are making first steps towards the Historical layer:
* We are creating a special category “Historical layer / disappeared places”, places with this category will only be visible from this category filter.
* All deleted places with category "historical layer" and "disappeared object" will be restored
* Categories "historical layer" and "disappeared object" will be merged into one category named “Historical layer / disappeared places”
As a result, all previously created disappeared historical places will be visible to all visitors and users through category filter without cluttering original Wikimapia map view, and it will be possible to add new places to “Historical layer” by using this category.
We are in a process of making these steps and will inform here when these steps are done.
We are releasing category watchlists for people who have an interest in specific categories. These watchlists contain edits of places that were made while such places has the specified category.
For example, gourmets can view all changes for restaurants, shopaholics can watch for new shops etc. Category watchlists may be filtered by country as well.
The category watchlist feature is accessible from the category overview page:
We have decided to remove the ferry route award and lower the number of experience points gained by the creation of ferry routes. Ferry routes became the most popular form of cheating the system with awards and users’ levels. So, we are removing the creation of ferry route from award system altogether. In addition, now users will gain only 1 experience point for 1 kilometre of ferry route creation.
For a long time you have had to use a primitive uploader for adding your pictures and photos to Wikimapia, and we have decided to upgrade it and to remove several restrictions.
What has come out of it is rather a photo manager, in which you can perform all the actions with place or street pictures: upload or transload a number of files in a queue, delete and restore them easily, and do all that staying on one page. Accepted files are not restricted in size and resolution anymore, their full-size copies are now also stored and available for download.
Enjoy it and make Wikimapia more picturesque
Two years ago, when releasing the new version of WM, we have had to hide the places with "long polygons", since they looked ugly on the map and were unclickable on many occasions. We had forbidden the creation of such places then.
Unfortunately, quite a lot of good features (eg bridges) fell under this restriction.
Today we removed the restriction on "too long polygon" and set categories "invisible" and "do not draw title" to the already existing places.
Now all users can create places with "long polygons" and make old places visible by simply unsetting these categories.
Today we are making changes in our semi-protection policy. There are lots of objects that are protected since they've been created and they stay unable to be edited by unregistered and new users. In fact most objects don't need such protection. Initially, semi-protection was an indispensable tool to save the map from vandals, but since then new tools such as watchlist, mail confirmation, guest's actions viewing, banning for edition had arrived which gives possibility to make objects protection system more flexible and soft. Semi-protection should not be used solely to prevent editing by unregistered and newly registered users, nor should it be used as a pre-emptive measure against vandalism that has not yet occurred.
That's why we made semi-protection limited in time. Advanced Users may apply temporary semi-protection to objects which are subject to heavy and persistent vandalism; but after 7 days the protection will be removed automatically (it also could be removed by any Advanced Users anytime). Also, now while obejct is semi-protected, only Advanced Users can edit it (all users with experience level 2 or higher were able to do it before).
All legacy protection will be automatically removed from all objects which are semiprotected for the moment in next several hours.