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The nodes are part of a way. I need to contact the person who edited them to clarify certain issues. How can I find out the username of that person? Is it also possible to find the time when those nodes were added?

asked 31 Aug '13, 07:33

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edited 31 Aug '13, 07:34

(31 Aug '13, 16:28) aseerel4c26 ♦

Oops, I'm sorry. I did not read the FAQ. Thanks for the pointer.

(31 Aug '13, 16:44) madnag4u

When viewing the map at click the Layers button and tick the Map Data overlay.

Click on the way in question (you may need to Hide Areas to do this).

Click on Details in the panel on the left. This will take you to the details about the way, such as this example.

Each of the nodes in the way is listed. You can check each in turn to find the one you want. This will show you the current version of the node. Click on View History to find the version 1 entry which shows who added it and when.

JOSM and Potlatch2 editors (I'm not sure about iD) also let you find this information by selecting the node you want and pressing Ctrl-H.

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answered 31 Aug '13, 07:49

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edited 31 Aug '13, 07:52


Thanks! Ctrl-H in JOSM really did it for me :)

(31 Aug '13, 14:42) madnag4u

Every element in OSM has a history which clearly shows who edited the object, when it has been edited, which tags have been changed, and if the object has been moved. Most editors are capable of showing you the history directly. If you know the ID of the element then you can just go to the corresponding details page, e.g. node with ID 123456 and click on "view history".

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answered 31 Aug '13, 07:53

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Yeah, but its a cumbersome process. Selecting an individual node of a way just by clicking it in the Map Data layer is not easy. I had to select the way and individually browse through the list of nodes of the way to pinpoint that particular node.

(31 Aug '13, 14:41) madnag4u

see also the OSM wiki about Monitoring_Tools to see who has edited what objects.

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answered 31 Aug '13, 10:16

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