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12017-11-14 05:21:42 UTCAlan Are we sure that Cole Harbour should be tagged as natural=bare_rock instead of natural=water, as it was before this changeset? bare_rock seems very wrong here.
12017-09-22 20:06:10 UTCAlan Hello! Thank you for editing OpenStreetMap!

You created a lot of features that have area=yes, which does not give us much information. I think these should all be building=yes instead.
12017-09-22 02:32:03 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap!

The water polygon seems to be an error, though. I'm going to delete it.
12017-09-12 21:28:47 UTCAlan Should this be tagged as access=private or access=no, instead of deleting it?
22017-09-13 18:37:32 UTCViajero Perdido Right, access=private.

Also, "(Private Road)", is inappropriate as part of a name, eg that road nearby. That's what the access key is for.
12017-08-31 00:29:30 UTCAlan Thanks for joining OpenStreetMap! When you're drawing buildings, you can also right-click and choose the "square" option to adjust the angles of the building to make them more rectangular.
12017-08-31 00:27:18 UTCAlan Thanks for joining OpenStreetMap! When you're drawing buildings, you can also right-click and choose the "square" option to adjust the angles of the building to make them more rectangular.
12017-08-31 00:26:07 UTCAlan Thanks for joining OpenStreetMap! When you're drawing buildings, you can also right-click and choose the "square" option to adjust the angles of the building to make them more rectangular.
22017-08-31 02:17:01 UTCMatt Priour Thanks so much for the helpful hint. Looking forward to make more contributions
12017-08-31 00:25:17 UTCAlan Thanks for joining OpenStreetMap! When you're drawing buildings, you can also right-click and choose the "square" option to adjust the angles of the building to make them more rectangular.
12017-08-31 00:24:47 UTCAlan Thanks for joining OpenStreetMap! When you're drawing buildings, you can also right-click and choose the "square" option to adjust the angles of the building to make them more rectangular.
12017-07-28 04:05:53 UTCcompdude I just fixed this for you, but don't use the building=commercial tag for commercial areas. Only use it for building footprints. Commercial areas should be tagged as landuse=commercial.
22017-07-28 04:16:24 UTCAlan Oof, you are totally right. My mistake. Thanks for catching it!
12017-07-19 19:23:38 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! Next time, if you are going to edit in two places in different parts of the world, could you do those as two separate edits? (Two "changesets" to use OSM terminology).

Also, please add a comment in your changeset, so we know what you were doing...
12017-07-13 18:23:44 UTCAlan I assume this is not a campsite named "Campsite Shower", but is instead simply the shower at this campsite. I'm going to change it to 'amenity=shower'
12017-07-11 01:36:32 UTCAlan Hi there, welcome to OpenStreetMap!

Can you explain a bit more what's happening here? Are these technically parks? Why are they all adjacent to each other? Why do they have such strange names? Are these real features on the ground, or is this fake data?
12017-07-10 23:22:38 UTCAlan Hello, and thank you for contributing to OpenStreetMap. Could you add a little bit more information about this business to make the map more useful? For example, would office=lawyer be appropriate here? See:
12017-07-09 20:04:41 UTCAlan Hello, and welcome to OpenStreetMap!

I'm not sure what you're trying to add here? Are you recording the location of some water samples that you are taking? If so, then OpenStreetMap is not the appropriate place to store that data.

Can you describe your intent here, please?
12017-07-09 20:01:17 UTCAlan Hello, and welcome to OpenStreetMap!

I see you're just testing things out, but please be aware that you're editing the same map data that everyone in the world uses. So please don't add any details that are only relevant for a few people (such as the name "Barb's house"). I'm going to r...
12017-07-04 18:47:48 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! This node needed an 'amenity=library' tag so that the map rendering program knows to use a library icon. Just using the 'name' tag isn't sufficient. I fixed it for you.
22017-07-04 20:09:26 UTCWorkinonit Thank you, I'm new
32017-07-06 19:04:31 UTCalarobric Just to show you some of the detail that's possible to add I updated the library hours and address as well based on the TNRD website. Happy Mapping!
12017-07-04 04:32:09 UTCAlan It looks like you were trying to fix the name of the store, but you only fixed the "name:en" tag, but not the "name" tag. (I'm not sure what it looks like when you're editing in, possibly they hide that distinction.) I'll fix it.
12017-07-03 23:01:44 UTCAlan The "addr:housenumber" tag should only include the number part, and "addr:street" should include the full "Montana Street", not just "St". I fixed it for this building.
12017-07-03 22:59:04 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! In this case, you don't need to have a separate node for the address and all the building information. You could add those tags to the building itself, not to the node. (it looks like you did that correctly in most of your other edits).
12017-07-03 00:30:01 UTCAlan Hello, and welcome to OpenStreetMap!

I see you are trying to add names to some water features. However, the nodes you created didn't have any tags on them. At minimum in this case they should have a 'name=', as well as a tag that explains what type of feature it is.

In OSM however, we also us...
12017-07-02 17:53:03 UTCAlan Hi! Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap!

You tagged this as your house, however, the "name" tag is for the commonly used names for things that everyone can agree on. Unless _everyone_ calls this "My House", that's not the proper name.

Also, I don't think this is a true...
12017-07-02 17:48:36 UTCAlan Hi. If this is a guest house (like, a Bed & Breakfast) that is open to the public, then what is its name? Does it have a website or a phone number? If not, then it's probably just a house, not a guest house.

I'm going to change it to a house until we have more information.

Details about th...
12017-06-29 19:38:35 UTCAlan Hi, it looks like you removed the hospital attributes from this node. Is that what you intended? If so, you could just delete the node entirely. We don't really need that GNIS information in OpenStreetMap.
12017-06-27 21:16:11 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! Looks like you were trying to add that stray address to the building outline. You did that correctly, but you can also delete the disconnected address node. I did that in this edit:

Now, once the map has ti...
12017-06-27 19:01:08 UTCAlan Hello! Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap!

In this edit you don't need to add all of those extra nodes to describe the park. The polygon for the park itself is sufficient.
22017-06-27 19:08:24 UTCAlan In particular, the entrances to an area should be tagged on nodes that are part of the outline of that area, not as floating disconnected nodes. I tried to update the map as best I could, but you might want to check that I got the entrances in the right location.
32017-06-27 19:29:07 UTCadyfranco Thanks Alan! I didn't know the best way to mark all the entrances so I appreciate the update! They are adding more to the park soon, but that stuff will be play structures and what not, so I'll add in those once they are completed. Thanks again!
12017-06-26 21:12:50 UTCAlan According to Mapillary and a web search, there is a 12-story apartment building on this site, built quite recently. Mapillary shows that it still exists as of January of this year. It is not a park.

Please d...
12017-06-23 22:35:13 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! It sounds like this feature might also need the shop=copyshop tag, if you think it's appropriate.
12017-06-23 15:52:26 UTCAlan Hi there, thanks for editing OpenStreetMap! Those lines are part of "relations" which describe the boundary of Kailua. So the lines themselves do not need the administrative tag. I know that relations are a fairly advanced topic in OSM, so it's understandable that it's not immediately obvi...
22017-06-23 17:38:29 UTCAnthony Chang By Pokemon spawning issue, I mean trying to get them to spawn in Kailua. Kailua's been a dead zone (nothing spawning at all) for approximately 6-7 months now. I know Niantic (Pokemon Go's maker) uses OpenStreetMap data, so I'm trying to figure out what changed about Kailua.

Recently, we had a Po...
32017-06-25 05:46:56 UTCGlassman Anthony - check out for some tips on editing for Pokemon.
42017-06-25 05:59:21 UTCGlassman It looks like a new user, Monster Squad removed the tag boundary=administrative on April 18th. The changeset note wasn't descriptive enough to figure out what they were trying to accomplish. It looks good now.
12017-06-23 15:19:35 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! I'm glad you're enjoying it!

It's a bit unusual to add address tags to a landuse feature, but I suppose it's not necessarily wrong. However, in this case it sounds like you might want to use boundary=protected_area and leisure=nature_reserve, either in a...
12017-06-22 17:00:59 UTCAlan That may be true, but that doesn't necessarily make it a park. If it's a park, what is its name? What government entity administers it? If it's a true park, it should be possible to answer these questions. If you can't answer them, then it's not a park, and something like landuse=grass is more appro...
12017-06-21 20:58:44 UTCAlan Hi! Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! You can also describe what kind of store this is by using the "shop" tag. Perhaps "shop=convenience" or "shop=supermarket". See for some examples. You also might want to check out ...
12017-06-21 16:34:53 UTCAlan Hi there, thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! In OSM, we map addresses using 'addr' tags, not by writing the address in the 'name' tag. I changed it for you, so you can see the proper tagging.
12017-06-20 23:27:36 UTCAlan Hi there! Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap!

In this case, you shouldn't add name=Home, because that's not the proper name for this place. Instead you could add something like building=house.
12017-06-20 16:03:14 UTCAlan I'm confused, you say "updating leaf type", but this doesn't seem to be a tree. It's an address node, and there is a confusing building tag, too. Can you clarify what you intended to map with this feature?
12017-06-18 19:38:43 UTCAlan Can you add more information about this government office? What is its name? What type of office is it?
12017-06-15 18:52:54 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! But in the future, if you are going to make edits in several different places in the world, can you do them as separate changesets? It makes it easier to see what happened that way.
12017-06-06 00:13:31 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap!

In this case leisure=garden is valid tagging for a private garden. To clarify that it's not public space, you could add access=private instead of deleting it.

22017-06-06 00:35:53 UTCjoshua1452 Well, it's also no longer a garden, but just a yard.
12017-06-05 20:25:39 UTCAlan Hi there, thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap!

This node only has a "name" tag, but no other tags to tell us what it is. Can you give some more detail about it?
12017-05-28 07:02:42 UTCAlan Hi! Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! In this case, however, you don't need to add a node for the park, because there is already a polygon that represents the whole park. A node in the middle of the park is redundant in case, so I deleted it.
12017-05-23 22:47:36 UTCAlan 👍
12017-05-20 18:33:18 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! However, the W Hotel is already tagged on the building feature, so we don't need it as a node. Here's the building that we already have:
12017-05-18 01:15:54 UTCAlan Hi, you probably need to add some tag like amenity=car_repair so it will show up on the map.
12017-05-13 17:37:38 UTCAlan I'm not sure if archaeological_site is appropriate, but that was the original tag, so I left it for now.
12017-05-13 17:36:55 UTCAlan Hi, it looks like you were trying to describe the Semiahmoo Indian Reservation? I added more tags to this feature, although you're right that we probably need to confirm the proper boundary. Possibly this will help us:
12017-05-11 21:03:12 UTCAlan HI Willy, please only add parks that exist and can be verified. It looks like this was a park tag that you added to a node? I see someone has already correctly deleted it.
22017-05-11 21:05:48 UTCAlan I see you actually created several of these park tags on nodes. Maybe that was an error? Try not to add tags to nodes that are part of other features. In most cases, nodes that are part of other shapes (like lines or areas) shouldn't have any tags on them.
12017-05-11 21:04:09 UTCAlan I see you changed this from a footway to a cycleway? I've been on this trail before, and I can see that you might be right. Thanks for this edit to OSM.
12017-05-10 21:30:02 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OSM! I changed the tags on the footpath a little bit. In OSM where we need to list multiple values for something (in this case the surface) we usually use a semi-colon. However, if possible it would be more useful to just pick the predominant surface type. If you had to ch...
22017-05-10 21:36:35 UTCksimp1326 It is a bit of a mix between grass and a bit of gravel over top, but really worked down from all the foot traffic. It makes it a bit hard to narrow down what it would be. I'd say gravel though as they do occasionally put a bit of new gravel on the path.
12017-05-10 19:07:31 UTCAlan Looks good, thanks for joining OpenStreetMap! I slightly tweaked the format of the opening hours information. It doesn't need underscores after the days of the week.
12017-04-29 21:44:36 UTCAlan Is this a real street, or just a driveway? It's hard to tell from the satellite imagery, but if you've verified it on the ground, we'll trust you.
Also, is the name of this street correct? You gave the name "Comust", but it connects to a road called "Comus". I assume one of the...
22017-04-29 21:47:35 UTCAugusto Monteiro It's a real street have some houses, is a continuation of SW Comus ST, it's the same name I did a typo, sorry
32017-04-29 21:59:36 UTCAlan Looks good, thank you for contributing to OpenStreetMap!
12017-04-26 21:38:28 UTCAlan Hi Steve, thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! It looks like you created an area feature without any tags. If it's a wetland (which I guess from your changeset comment), it needs an additional tag to clarify that, so it will show up on the map.
12017-04-24 13:11:09 UTCAlan Hello! Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap!
You probably want to add at least one more tag to that node, so that OSM knows what type of feature it is. Maybe shop=something?
22017-04-24 17:20:08 UTCGlassman this looks like doings. They never have answered a message as far as I know. I sent a message to the email address in on the node, suggestion that they contact their vendor to fix.
12017-04-19 17:38:13 UTCAlan Hi there, thanks for adding to OpenStreetMap! You might want to add another tag on that node to describe what type of feature it is (and to get it to show up on the map). I'm not sure exactly what tag is most appropriate, but perhaps something like shop=car_repair?
12017-04-10 15:25:44 UTCAlan Looks good, thank you!
12017-04-07 21:25:50 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! You probably also want to add a 'shop' tag to that node. I guess 'shop=clothes' is probably most appropriate, but you can confirm here:
12017-04-05 23:45:46 UTCAlan Hi! Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! It looks like you added a new footpath on top of an existing one? Can you try to combine the two features so there's no duplication?
12017-04-05 22:08:13 UTCAlan Hi! Thanks for contributing to OpenStreetMap! However, this node doesn't have any tags that let us know _what_ it is. Could you add more information about what you're trying to add?
12017-04-05 21:56:25 UTCAlan Thanks for contributing to OSM! The node you created doesn't have any tags describing what it actually is. It sounds like a public sculpture, so maybe you should add the tourism=artwork tag?
12017-04-04 20:33:47 UTCAlan Is this a real public guest house? Or is this just a private home of someone named Uncle John?
12017-04-04 04:29:30 UTCAlan Interesting! But where's the river? I see you mapped a lake that has "river" in the name, so I'm a bit confused!
22017-04-19 21:21:15 UTCSomeoneElse_Revert This changeset has been reverted fully or in part by changeset 47952690 where the changeset comment is: Reverting some fictional edits reported to the DWG. A previous attempt to contact the mapper (see failed. Edits included an urban glacier: https://o...
12017-03-30 02:23:46 UTCAlan Hi! Are you tracing these buildings from the Bing imagery, or are you importing them from another dataset? If you're tracing them yourself, then it's not really an "import". You don't need to use that term. Imports are totally OK in OSM, but they're controversial.
22017-03-30 02:27:21 UTCAlan Also, I'm not sure if you're using a non-standard map projection in JOSM, but most of your buildings are not squareish. From the look of the satellite imagery in this spot, the buildings probably all have right angles (I don't see any unusual architectural construction here). Both iD and JOSM have t...
32017-03-30 02:28:32 UTCAlan Other than that, though, your work looks great. Thank you for your work adding all these buildings!
42017-03-30 02:48:12 UTCUncheckedError Hey hey, the building squaring is a projection issue as you inferred. I had it set incorrectly in JOSM last night. I've fixed the buildings further south and I'm working my way up the coast this evening. Sorry for the confusion.
52017-03-30 03:41:15 UTCAlan Great, no problem, thanks for fixing them!
62017-03-30 03:53:33 UTCUncheckedError No problem, thanks for keeping an eye on this area!
12017-03-30 02:39:31 UTCAlan Hi there, is this a park or is it just a vacant lot? It's hard to tell from the imagery.

Can you verify the name of this park by visiting it on-the-ground?

Also, this triangular shape doesn't quite match the shape of the grassy area as seen in the Bing imagery. I think it needs a bit of tweaki...
12017-03-24 22:01:14 UTCAlan Geometry looks good, but should this be a service road, or just a regular residential road? Is it different from the other roads that it connects to?
22017-03-24 22:35:18 UTCUncleGene Looks like either my or editor glitch. I clearly remember setting this residential
12017-03-21 21:29:00 UTCAlan Hello Wendy,
It looks like this changeset deleted 48 nodes in the area. I assume this was an accident? If so, we can revert your edit and bring back all those deleted venues.
12017-03-20 04:08:41 UTCAlan Is this feature related?
Should they be combined?
22017-03-20 05:04:28 UTCMarkinVeneta No they are not related. The one you linked is in someone's back yard and not an actual park.
12017-03-18 15:46:37 UTCAlan Looks good:

Did you capture any GPS traces that you could upload to OSM?
22017-03-18 15:58:24 UTCSultanGuy I can try. I have GPS but I don't know if it's the best route. I've been there 3 times, and the if I can find my latest track, I'll upload it.
12017-03-17 21:17:42 UTCAlan Great! You could also trace the area of the park, instead of just adding a node. I can almost see how far it goes by looking at the satellite imagery, but you might have a better idea with on-the-ground knowledge.
22017-03-17 21:54:47 UTCGlassman According to King County, the trail is part of the Villa Real HOA. The wooded area is undeveloped housing tracks. The actual area of park like is just the area around the two trails. Let me know if you need help adding in the landuse area.
32017-03-17 22:10:53 UTCToblakai I added an area, let me know if it looks good.
42017-03-17 23:10:01 UTCGlassman Great. I did unconnect the landuse residential from the park and made the park an inner polygon as part of the residential multiploygon. I figured that the HOA owns the trail so it should be park of the residential landuse. Thanks for replying to the messages!
12017-03-08 00:33:16 UTCAlan 👍
12017-02-23 00:58:57 UTCAlan Did you buy any eggs at the Egg Shack?
22017-02-23 04:13:54 UTCGlassman I didn't, insteaded opted to let another person buy the last two dozen eggs. The egg shack also sells glass art by two bellingham glass art by Elena and Ed Schmidt.

BTW they have something like 59 chickens on the property. They had 60 but a coyote got one the night before.
12016-06-10 19:40:32 UTCAlan Low tide:
High tide:
(via @imagico)
12016-06-09 19:17:15 UTCAlan I tried tracing some more of the Indus River delta next to the Rann of Kutch. I should probably add more tags like wetland=yes, at minimum. This was mainly a test to see how hard it is to trace this area, and how hard it is to deal with existing PGS coastlines.

See also discussion thread here: ht...
12016-05-25 02:41:52 UTCAlan Hi PlaneMad, this boundary=claim tag is interesting, but I don't see it documented anywhere. Can you point me to any more information about this tag?
22016-05-25 03:42:42 UTCPlaneMad It was more of a trial without disturbing any existing tags for custom rendering I was doing with tilemill. Its not documented anywhere, but if you think it makes broader sense, I think I'll start a wiki proposal for this.
32016-05-25 03:51:28 UTCAlan I think it does make a lot of sense... but this is my first time trying to understand the complexity of disputed boundaries in OSM. It seems like boundary=claim is useful, and less complicated than some of the other options.
12016-05-04 20:51:26 UTCAlan 🏊
12016-05-04 20:50:06 UTCAlan 🌈
22016-05-04 20:50:45 UTCMarion Barry haha, truly
12016-05-04 20:48:45 UTCAlan #gentrification
12016-04-08 21:49:11 UTCAlan Where are the frogs, Charlie?
12016-04-08 21:48:18 UTCAlan You're going to have to provide better changeset comments if you expect me to find the frogs, Charlie.
12016-02-29 19:05:18 UTCAlan 🚩👍
12015-10-29 21:40:59 UTCAlan 👍
12015-10-28 23:16:32 UTCAlan Good job! 👏
12015-10-28 23:15:08 UTCAlan 👍
12015-10-28 23:14:24 UTCAlan Nice neighborhoods! Keep it up!
12015-10-28 23:13:27 UTCAlan Nice path! Keep it up!
12015-10-22 21:54:05 UTCAlan 👍 Yay! Map those buildings!
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42015-10-23 00:38:02 UTCAaron Lidman 🎉🌇
52015-10-23 00:41:45 UTCAlan Ok, OSM is my new social network of choice.
62015-10-23 07:45:17 UTCandygol :rocket:
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12015-10-22 21:56:11 UTCAlan 👍
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12015-09-05 22:27:41 UTCAlan It looks like you have a misspelling of "CFB Alert" as "CFB Akert". I also see the changeset comment says "altert". So I'm going to assume this is incorrect, and change the name. Let me know if I'm mistaken.
22015-11-27 11:15:01 UTCMateusz Konieczny see
12015-09-02 21:33:56 UTCAlan Hey, you're in my hometown! Have a great time there!
12015-08-31 18:20:34 UTCAlan Excellent
12015-08-30 23:04:03 UTCAlan Thanks Obama!
22015-08-31 13:22:08 UTCskorasaurus Kudos Alan!
32015-08-31 17:35:58 UTCmeetar :+1:
42015-08-31 19:20:57 UTCnpdoty Awesome.
12015-06-25 22:25:33 UTCAlan 💩👍
12015-06-25 22:22:41 UTCAlan I wish changesets had a like button.
12014-11-08 02:04:04 UTCAlan Hi Kurez! Thanks for tracing all those houses! After you've traced a shape, there is a tool in iD that helps you rectangularize the shapes.
22014-11-08 02:22:39 UTCAlan Although now I see that those are some really weird shaped houses. Not much we can do for some of them.
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