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'''Arhet''' is the name of a planet.
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[[File:arhet2_logo.png|left]]'''Arhet''' is the name of a planet. And the name of a geofiction project. Tag-line: ''"Imaginary real estate doesn't need to be a scarce resource."''
  
The planet Arhet is the planet currently hosted on the map portion of the Geofictician site (see link to left, "Geofictician map").
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Alternate tag-line: ''"Sometimes you want to just toss verisimilitude out the window and map something crazy!"''
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The planet Arhet is the planet currently hosted on the map portion of the Geofictician site.
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{{#multimaps: | center = -0.1,0.1 | width = 100% | height = 700px | zoom = 3 | maxzoom = 19 | minzoom = 1 | layer = Arhet }}
  
 
The server structure is similar to, but not identical to, that found at OpenGeofiction.
 
The server structure is similar to, but not identical to, that found at OpenGeofiction.
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==Project==
  
I have decided to try an experiment. I am intending to open Arhet to a limited number of other mappers. In principle, this is no different from the OpenGeofiction model. However, in implementation, I plan to take a different route. Here is a first draft of planned rules.
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I have decided to try an experiment. I have opened Arhet to other mappers. In principle, this is no different from the OpenGeofiction model. However, in implementation, I plan to take a different route. Below is a draft of current rules. The project is live, now. Contact me via email for membership. My email is not hard to figure out - consider your ability guess my email as a kind of ''qualification test'' for participation in the project.
 
 
''This project is not "live" yet. I'm hoping for feedback about the proposed ideas, below, and to gauge interest.''
 
  
 
==Rules==
 
==Rules==
 
# Luciano is god in Arhet. My word is law. Period.
 
# Luciano is god in Arhet. My word is law. Period.
# Arhet is not "open" in the way that OpenGeofiction is "open." Participation is by invitation. If you wish to request an invitation, you should contact me via email. If you can't figure out my email, you probably don't deserve to participate. Hint: my name, at my domain.
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# Arhet is not "open" in the way that OpenGeofiction is "open." Participation is by invitation. If you wish to request an invitation, you should contact me via email. My email is easy to figure out. Hint: my name, at my domain.
 
# For now, invites will only be offered to OGF participants in good standing. Anyone with a history of sockpuppetry, disrespectful mapping, etc., on that site will not be considered.
 
# For now, invites will only be offered to OGF participants in good standing. Anyone with a history of sockpuppetry, disrespectful mapping, etc., on that site will not be considered.
#* For now, I will ask users to use the same username as on OGF. This just makes it easier for me to decide if you're a decent person or not.
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# For now, I will ask users to use the same username as on OGF. This just makes it easier for me to decide if you're a decent person or not. (This might change in the future.)
#* This might change in the future.
 
 
# Arhet is not to be the same kind of planet as OGF, however. I currently expect it will be quite a bit more chaotic. That's because...
 
# Arhet is not to be the same kind of planet as OGF, however. I currently expect it will be quite a bit more chaotic. That's because...
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#* There are no assigned territories - map where you want, what you want
 
#* There will be no wiki. This wiki, that you are reading, is mine. For my projects. If you want to wikify your mapping on Arhet, find or build your own wiki elsewhere.
 
#* There will be no wiki. This wiki, that you are reading, is mine. For my projects. If you want to wikify your mapping on Arhet, find or build your own wiki elsewhere.
#* There will be no verisimilitude rule. Map what you like - in your assigned area.
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#* There is no "verisimilitude rule" - map fantasy or alien things, if you want
 
#* There will be no plan for a planet-wide coherent geology, ecology, history, culture, or language. Those things were neglected on OGF at the beginning, and efforts to retcon them later are depressing. We avoid the problem by stating at the outset that these things are irrelevant.  
 
#* There will be no plan for a planet-wide coherent geology, ecology, history, culture, or language. Those things were neglected on OGF at the beginning, and efforts to retcon them later are depressing. We avoid the problem by stating at the outset that these things are irrelevant.  
 
#* There will be no user diaries. If you want to write about your mapping, start a blog or something.
 
#* There will be no user diaries. If you want to write about your mapping, start a blog or something.
# There aren't that many rules, but there is zero tolerance for rule violations. Immediate banning, no discussion. Period.
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# In general, if your map is interesting, I won't object. There aren't that many rules, but there is zero tolerance for rule violations. Immediate banning, no discussion. Period. Mappers can be asked to leave for any reason, or for no reason.  
# Mappers can be asked to leave for any reason, or for no reason. In general, if your map is interesting and you keep in your assigned area, I won't object.
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# It is preferred for users to connect to Arhet using JOSM. iD is enabled, but continued service is not guaranteed.
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# Respect other people's creations - do NOT map on top of other people's work. This doesn't mean that Luciano will be your "enforcer." People getting into edit wars are likely to be both banned.
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# No megalomaniacs. Creating a large continent doesn't give you a right to it. The world is big, but focus on detailed mapping, and large objects and spaces should be collaborative.
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# '''A note on copyright and trademark violations.''' Personally I don't care if you copy or use "real-world" places/names/etc. ''However'', I don't want to get sued. Therefore copyright and trademark violations on the Arhet map are grounds for immediate banning. Note that OSM is ''copyrighted'', and using OSM data or tracing any copyrighted map without attribution is '''against the law'''! Note that putting a Starbucks or McDonalds in your imaginary town is using a trademark without permission, and is '''against the law'''. 'Nuff said.
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==Members==
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The list of members of Arhet has moved [[Arhet/Members|here]].
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==Discussion Channel (Discord)==
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There is a an #Arhet channel on the "unofficial" OGF Central server hosted by austinhuang. Contact Luciano for an invite. Most Arhet discussion takes place there.
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==Backups==
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Backups were run quite irregularly (basically, just when I felt like it, entirely manually) until late February, 2020.
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Starting in February, 2020, I have set up a daily backup process. Backup planetfiles can be found here: [http://geofictician.net/backups.php http://geofictician.net/backups.php].
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==Map Layers (Renders)==
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There are currently 3 layers (render styles) for Arhet.
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* [https://test.geofictician.net/#map=3/-3.25/-8.09&layers=H arhet-carto ("H")] - this is the current original map layer and the default. It is based on the osm-carto style from 2018, with some modifications to handle the custom coastline shapefiles. It is "frozen in time" - no updates to the style will be made. The render is completely re-drawn once an hour, at around :55 past the hour.
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** this layer's "TMS" address (for linking with JOSM) is: <source>tms[20]:https://tile.geofictician.net/h/{z}/{x}/{y}.png</source>
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* [https://test.geofictician.net/#map=3/-3.25/-8.09&layers=W arhet2-carto ("W")] - this is derived from the current osm-carto style (as of early 2020), again with modifications to handle the custom coastline shapefiles. Unlike the above, it is ''possibly'' updatable to keep it in sync with the osm-carto default. I haven't tried to do this yet. The render is completely re-drawn once every 3 hours, approximately.
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** this layer's "TMS" address (for linking with JOSM) is: <source>tms[20]:http://tiles01.rent-a-planet.com/arhet2-carto/{zoom}/{x}/{y}.png</source>
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* [https://test.geofictician.net/#map=3/-3.25/13.89&layers=T arhet-topo ("T")] - this is derived from the OpenTopoMap style (as of early 2020), with modifications to handle the custom coastline shapefiles. The render is completely re-drawn once every 3 hours, approximately.
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** this layer's "TMS" address (for linking with JOSM) is: <source>tms[17]:http://tiles01.rent-a-planet.com/arhet-topo/{zoom}/{x}/{y}.png</source>
  
==Implementation==
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==Patreon==
# Users are expected to connect to Arhet using JOSM. I have seen very little evidence that high-quality geofiction is possible using iD or Potlatch. So deal with it.
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Arhet lives on a server that I pay monthly rent for. I am not rich... in fact, I'm currently unemployed. So if '''''your're''''' rich, help me out. '''[https://www.patreon.com/geofictician My Patreon]'''. Patreon is annoying, in that it only allows for a "monthly subscription" type of payment. If you want to give a one-time donation, I would love it. Just sign up for Patreon for one month, and then cancel. I won't be offended in any way.
# For now, because I can't be bothered, there will be no automated map update. I'll set a job to run updates a few times through the day. I may get organized and implement something if things go well and the site becomes popular. So you won't get immediate feedback on the map for your work.
 
# Users will be assigned territory by "degree square." This means exactly one degree of width, longitude, by one degree of height, latitude. You get open ocean. Build islands, collaborate with neighbors to build continents, whatever. If you map outside your assigned degree square (except with permission in one owned by another person), that's instant banning.
 
# Currently users will be granted any open degree square in Southern Hemisphere. I'm keeping the Northern Hemisphere in reserve.
 
# That's a lot of degree squares. Between 0 and 80 south, and from 180 west to 180 east, that's 28800 possible squares. So... additional degree squares will be granted to users who do something interesting to their first ones.
 
# The above doesn't mean I have tolerance for grandiose or megalomaniacal projects ("Hey can I have 2000 degree squares I wanna build a continent"). My own experience shows that we geoficticians generally bite off more than we can chew.
 
  
==Territory List==
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'''I recognize the shortcomings of the Patreon tool, but I elected to use it because of its self-contained simplicity with respect to international tax-law issues, which are substantial for someone with an international audience like me.'''
''Territories below are specified (for the most part) by coordinates: southwest corner to northeast corner.''
 
{| class="wikitable sortable"
 
!Area
 
!User
 
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| Northern hemisphere
 
| luciano
 
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| [http://test.geofictician.net/#map=7/-1.00/151.50&layers=H 2°S 148°E to 0°S 155°E]
 
| luciano
 
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| [http://test.geofictician.net/#map=9/-0.5/-0.5&layers=H 1°S 1°W to 0°S 0°W]
 
| yours!
 
|}
 

Latest revision as of 07:53, 22 May 2020

Arhet2 logo.png
Arhet is the name of a planet. And the name of a geofiction project. Tag-line: "Imaginary real estate doesn't need to be a scarce resource."

Alternate tag-line: "Sometimes you want to just toss verisimilitude out the window and map something crazy!"

The planet Arhet is the planet currently hosted on the map portion of the Geofictician site.

Loading map...

The server structure is similar to, but not identical to, that found at OpenGeofiction.

Project

I have decided to try an experiment. I have opened Arhet to other mappers. In principle, this is no different from the OpenGeofiction model. However, in implementation, I plan to take a different route. Below is a draft of current rules. The project is live, now. Contact me via email for membership. My email is not hard to figure out - consider your ability guess my email as a kind of qualification test for participation in the project.

Rules

  1. Luciano is god in Arhet. My word is law. Period.
  2. Arhet is not "open" in the way that OpenGeofiction is "open." Participation is by invitation. If you wish to request an invitation, you should contact me via email. My email is easy to figure out. Hint: my name, at my domain.
  3. For now, invites will only be offered to OGF participants in good standing. Anyone with a history of sockpuppetry, disrespectful mapping, etc., on that site will not be considered.
  4. For now, I will ask users to use the same username as on OGF. This just makes it easier for me to decide if you're a decent person or not. (This might change in the future.)
  5. Arhet is not to be the same kind of planet as OGF, however. I currently expect it will be quite a bit more chaotic. That's because...
    • There are no assigned territories - map where you want, what you want
    • There will be no wiki. This wiki, that you are reading, is mine. For my projects. If you want to wikify your mapping on Arhet, find or build your own wiki elsewhere.
    • There is no "verisimilitude rule" - map fantasy or alien things, if you want
    • There will be no plan for a planet-wide coherent geology, ecology, history, culture, or language. Those things were neglected on OGF at the beginning, and efforts to retcon them later are depressing. We avoid the problem by stating at the outset that these things are irrelevant.
    • There will be no user diaries. If you want to write about your mapping, start a blog or something.
  6. In general, if your map is interesting, I won't object. There aren't that many rules, but there is zero tolerance for rule violations. Immediate banning, no discussion. Period. Mappers can be asked to leave for any reason, or for no reason.
  7. It is preferred for users to connect to Arhet using JOSM. iD is enabled, but continued service is not guaranteed.
  8. Respect other people's creations - do NOT map on top of other people's work. This doesn't mean that Luciano will be your "enforcer." People getting into edit wars are likely to be both banned.
  9. No megalomaniacs. Creating a large continent doesn't give you a right to it. The world is big, but focus on detailed mapping, and large objects and spaces should be collaborative.
  10. A note on copyright and trademark violations. Personally I don't care if you copy or use "real-world" places/names/etc. However, I don't want to get sued. Therefore copyright and trademark violations on the Arhet map are grounds for immediate banning. Note that OSM is copyrighted, and using OSM data or tracing any copyrighted map without attribution is against the law! Note that putting a Starbucks or McDonalds in your imaginary town is using a trademark without permission, and is against the law. 'Nuff said.

Members

The list of members of Arhet has moved here.

Discussion Channel (Discord)

There is a an #Arhet channel on the "unofficial" OGF Central server hosted by austinhuang. Contact Luciano for an invite. Most Arhet discussion takes place there.

Backups

Backups were run quite irregularly (basically, just when I felt like it, entirely manually) until late February, 2020.

Starting in February, 2020, I have set up a daily backup process. Backup planetfiles can be found here: http://geofictician.net/backups.php.

Map Layers (Renders)

There are currently 3 layers (render styles) for Arhet.

  • arhet-carto ("H") - this is the current original map layer and the default. It is based on the osm-carto style from 2018, with some modifications to handle the custom coastline shapefiles. It is "frozen in time" - no updates to the style will be made. The render is completely re-drawn once an hour, at around :55 past the hour.
    • this layer's "TMS" address (for linking with JOSM) is:
      tms[20]:https://tile.geofictician.net/h/{z}/{x}/{y}.png
  • arhet2-carto ("W") - this is derived from the current osm-carto style (as of early 2020), again with modifications to handle the custom coastline shapefiles. Unlike the above, it is possibly updatable to keep it in sync with the osm-carto default. I haven't tried to do this yet. The render is completely re-drawn once every 3 hours, approximately.
    • this layer's "TMS" address (for linking with JOSM) is:
      tms[20]:http://tiles01.rent-a-planet.com/arhet2-carto/{zoom}/{x}/{y}.png
  • arhet-topo ("T") - this is derived from the OpenTopoMap style (as of early 2020), with modifications to handle the custom coastline shapefiles. The render is completely re-drawn once every 3 hours, approximately.
    • this layer's "TMS" address (for linking with JOSM) is:
      tms[17]:http://tiles01.rent-a-planet.com/arhet-topo/{zoom}/{x}/{y}.png

Patreon

Arhet lives on a server that I pay monthly rent for. I am not rich... in fact, I'm currently unemployed. So if your're rich, help me out. My Patreon. Patreon is annoying, in that it only allows for a "monthly subscription" type of payment. If you want to give a one-time donation, I would love it. Just sign up for Patreon for one month, and then cancel. I won't be offended in any way.

I recognize the shortcomings of the Patreon tool, but I elected to use it because of its self-contained simplicity with respect to international tax-law issues, which are substantial for someone with an international audience like me.