User talk:Louis walker/Sandbox/CitySprintFeb2019

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2019 January, and Borath is only a point, a few little farmlands and a lot of empty spaces. The idea is creating here a (well detailed) rural town. I still did not know exactly the rules of this Sprint, but lets go! Waiting February 1st to start! -- BMSOUZA (talk) 00:39, 22 January 2019 (CET)

Well, sorry... I think I broke the rules of Borath in this CitySprint... I just upload a lot of content here... -- BMSOUZA (talk) 19:54, 30 January 2019 (CET)


I won't be able to go for February 1-3, as I have a retreat, but I will make it up, hopefully, with 4 days' worth of mapping the next day! --Thanks, Zekiel (talk) 02:30, 22 January 2019 (CET)


Hi, Louis. I love the idea and am interested in participating. What would the parameters of the sprint be? Must it be a city from scratch or can it be an already moderately developed one? What if I am only able to participate for a couple weeks? What would the desired end result be (assuming quality over quantity)? — Alessa (talk) 15:19, 23 January 2019 (CET)

Hi Alessa! I'm thinking we should establish some kind of numerical goal for people to chart progress against, since not everyone can literally map every single day. National Novel Writing Month is the model I have in my head; there, you try to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November, so the goal is to write an average of 1,666 words a day. For OGF maybe it could be a certain number of objects uploaded per day, with a goal of X over the course of February? I think the mappers participating should come up with that should be realistic, but also just a bit of a stretch.
Focusing in a numerical goal also allows people to participate in different ways, since I know everyone's moving at their own speed. For some of us (myself included) that will mean starting from scratch and building a city on a blank canvas. For others, it could mean adding lots of great detail to a place that may already have a street grid but not much else. You're right that it should be about quality over quantity, but I think it will be most fun for everyone if we all decide how a focused period of mapping will help us most, given where we are with our countries and the cities in them.
TL;DR: It's flexible! :D — Louis walker (talk) 10:39, 23 January 2019 (EST)
It is a nice question because I was considering use Port Petelem or Zbynya (both in Belgravia), but both are almost finished, hehehe... so I decide to create Borath that today is only a node in the map. -- BMSOUZA (talk) 22:55, 23 January 2019 (CET)
Thanks, Louis. Would you be amenable to me encouraging the sprint as the February Mapper's Challenge, given the receptiveness of the community to your idea? — Alessa (talk) 17:21, 24 January 2019 (CET)
That would be awesome, Alessa! The more mappers the merrier. 😎 — Louis walker (talk) 14:20, 24 January 2019 (EST)

Does this challenge have to be strictly for a city? I'm currently beginning to map a large town(?), is that ok? Yuanls (talk) 23:09, 31 January 2019 (CET)

Large town sounds great! "City" is a somewhat flexible term, anyway. — Louis walker (talk) 17:40, 31 January 2019 (EST)

User diary

I think you should also post a user diary, as you're the one that launched the idea I think many people are keeping track on what's happening there, I for one rarely go to the forums, I got here because Zhenkang told me about it --Eretra (talk) 02:26, 24 January 2019 (CET)