[OSM-dev] Tile usage without proper identification

Christian Ledermann christian.ledermann at gmail.com
Mon Sep 5 17:17:34 UTC 2016

The Documentation on swith2OSM needs to be updated.


both use http://{s}.tile.openstreetmap.org/{z}/{x}/{y}.png

My site https://schools.mapthe.uk becomes unusable after 20 views due
to the tile usage policy.

I assume this will be the case for a multitude of sites because either
the JS library has a OSMTileProvider
built in that points to tile.openstreetmap.org or OSM layer is
documented using this url.

On 26 August 2016 at 13:12, Manuel Reimer <Manuel.Spam at nurfuerspam.de> wrote:
> On 08/23/2016 05:35 PM, Christoph Hormann wrote:
>> If you turn off referrer transmission w.r.t. tiles the only effect this
>> has is it prevents the tile provider from knowing what website you were
>> requesting the tiles from.
> For me the reason for disabling Referrer at all has nothing to do with "tile
> providers". I just don't want this "feature" at all. With every click on
> every website, the linked website knows where I clicked the link. In my
> opinion such a "feature" should have never got HTTP standard! Noone needs to
> know where I came from when browsing the web!
>> In case of non-free tile providers by the way use of API keys and
>> tokens means the website is known to the tile provider even without a
>> referrer.
> No problem. It doesn't force me to have Referrer active so regular clicks on
> websites don't forward information where the click happened. So if possible,
> just allow optionally passing of a API key or just a "website name" as a
> parameter to the PNG files.
> If tile loading starts to suck without enabled Referrer, I would just
> install a referrer spoofing addon to spoof any call to the tile server from
> my webbrowser to always show like it was loaded from openstreetmap.org -->
> problem solved and I don't have to enable Referrer globally.
> Manuel
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Best Regards,

Christian Ledermann

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