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    plotaroute admin   Wednesday 07 Aug 2019 17:38:10

    A quick update on this. It turns out that our OSM update process had stalled and was not applying updates as it should have been, so that would explain why you weren't seeing these flow through to plotaroute. We restarted the update process now. It will take a few days to catch up on the backlog but after this you should see OSM updates flow through to plotaroute within 3-4 days, usually quicker but it depends on how long a map tile has been cached for.

    John

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    Anders Torger   Tuesday 06 Aug 2019 12:31:15

    Hi John,

    ok, I understand. I thought it indeed could be a usage policy issue. Anyway, the faster updates the better :-), so thanks for looking into this.

    I just flicked through all other maps and note that "cycle map", "paths map" and "transport map" (all renderings from OSM data) are actually fresher than the plain "OSM street map", so maybe it's just the OSM street map that have issues.

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    plotaroute admin   Tuesday 06 Aug 2019 11:42:45

    Hi Anders,

    We'll look into this as the map tiles should definitely be updated quite frequently, so it sounds like something isn't working somewhere. We wouldn't be able to source map tiles directly from OSM though as heavy use of OSM servers is forbidden by its Tile Usage Policy and could lead access being withdrawn with no notice.

    John

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    Anders Torger   Tuesday 06 Aug 2019 10:13:33

    Forgot to add this comment, while this could be seen as a niche feature, I think it's worthwile to look at since 1) it should be easy to add AFAIK (just an extra server selection), and 2) such a feature make it more worthwhile for people to contribute to OSM which is a good thing for everyone in the route plotting business.

    I don't think it's strictly necessary to have it in the route viewer, just in the route planner. Maybe a Premium feature only. Anyway, a really important one for me especially now when the OSM update delay seems to be rather long. I just looked up one feature (a rebuilt road in the city) I added 4 months ago in OSM in northern Sweden where I live, it has still not appeared on your OSM mirror.

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    Anders Torger   Tuesday 06 Aug 2019 09:53:08

    Feature request:

    Add an extra option to use OSM tiles directly from a main server to avoid lengthy delays on updates that is made to the OSM database.

    Background:

    I live in a rural area. The only map that works is OSM, and still I need to make contributions. Since I started using plotting sites I've done 400+ OSM contributions. I used www.gpsies.com before which got the OSM tiles directly, so if a road was missing, I logged in and added it via my OSM account, and then it became immediately available in gpsies so I could continue routing. The new roads could be auto-routed for a while though (as there was delay in the routing engine), but I can live with that. I've stopped used gpsies now since they got sold to AllTrails which lacks many of its features.

    I read somewhere in the forum that your OSM is updated with a 3-14 day lag. Looking at some of my edits I've made in the past time many of them, older than 14 days, have still not appeared. This delay is just too much. I do understand though that the server you use is faster, so using OSM directly should only be a special case useful for users like me.

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