Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Larger suggestions/Improve map display at the poles/Proposal

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  • Problem: Mapframe uses the Cartesian coordinate system, which works well across most of the globe. However it breaks down at the poles, displaying a lot of whitespace and massively distorting the lowest/highest latitudes. For a live example, see commons:Category:South Pole Telescope
  • Proposed solution: Re-render maps that are close to the pole (say, anything above or below 80° in latitude) by rotating them to the equator before displaying them
  • Who would benefit: Users/editors working on topics that are close to the north or south pole
  • More comments: I proposed and withdrew this in the 2019 survey. At the time I was thinking of different projections, but a simple rotation avoids this. There is still the issue that editing the map on OSM at the poles is difficult, though.
  • Phabricator tickets: phab:T185858
  • Proposer: Mike Peel (talk) 20:41, 15 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]