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I got this error message when i tried to save, what has gone wrong? I've done quite alot of editing for a couple of years and never seen this before...

"This is not your own private map. Please don't save test changes or edits for personal use only."


asked 16 Aug '12, 07:04

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This isn't an error as I understand it, but a reminder that has recently been added to the save dialog, intended mainly for new users. If you aren't saving test changes, just ignore it.

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answered 16 Aug '12, 08:11

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It seems that this message was recently added to the data save feature because especially in Germany there have been several cases in the last past weeks where new users were not aware that they edited on the main data set of the OSM server when they deleted unwanted objects.

They thought their edits were only saved "locally" to their own map view.

Several changesets had to be reverted which isn't always easy.

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answered 16 Aug '12, 09:45

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edited 19 Aug '12, 10:09


Ok, thanks for your answers. I thought I had made some error...or whatever, but then I'll just carry on mapping as usual.

(16 Aug '12, 16:02) runf

Yeah it would be nice if the slightly patronising message didn't show for every single commit. I suppose I find the warning triangle especially jarring.

I think with over 1,000 manual edits over several years that I might vaguely know what I'm doing by now...

(17 Aug '12, 00:03) robbieonsea

If we had an API call (/user/stats or something) that would be doable, I guess. Failing that it'll require a user pref of some sort. It's not high on my list of things to do but someone else may choose to :)

(17 Aug '12, 09:29) Richard ♦

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