It used to be possible, on the main site, to right click on the map, and select View Image (in Firefox, or similar in other browsers), and view the tile you'd clicked on. By appending /dirty to the end of the URL, the tile would be put in queue for re-rendering.

This was very handy, though I understand that it could place excess load on the servers if overused.

It has not been possible to do this since early 2017 or late 2016, around the time the nice java-script right click menu appeared (Directions from here; Directions to here; etc). The right click menu can be disabled by shift+right-clicking, but the View Image option is no longer available. Someone, Tom Hughes I think, developed an alternative to the standard java-script right click menu, that had an additional item, "View tile info" (or similar) and even had a demo working (on github, I think). It was a wonderful addition to the java-script right click menu. I'm wondering if anyone knows what's happened to it? Is it being considered for inclusion on the main site? Is that demo still running?

If it's not an option, is there another way to mark tiles as dirty?

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The library used to show the map on osm.org, Leaflet, made a change that hides the tiles from the context menu.

Firefox has a "Page Info" dialog that includes a media info tab that provides a decent user interface for determining the URL of a tile. Control+i brings it up.

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answered 23 Oct '17, 02:52

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I don't know why you got downvoted, this seems to work.

(31 Oct '17, 20:05) keithonearth

Yes, it's less handy than the previous method but it works. Here Control-i does not work. You need to go to the Tools menu (or shift+right-clicking on the map).

(25 Apr '18, 03:20) thbz

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