So, there has been some changes regarding the United Kingdom polygons lately. Some users got happy about the changes, some quite the opposite of that. Most of those that were happy probably geocached more outside England than the others. The polygons for Scotland for example was very old and quite broken.
The update of the polygons was taken from Openstreetmap. That's our usual source for this. For all other countries we use "administrative borders", but that doesn't seem acceptable for England (by her citizens). Personally we (Project-GC) believe it's more correct since that's how it is for all other countries.
One of the reasons we got some bashing was just because we changed things. Not the end result or the lost data before that. We can understand that it's frustrating to "lose" some logged counties and similar. It has not been our intention, but the data for United Kingdom was broken, we rather fixed it then.
We have heard things like administrative borders changes, and yes they do. They do so for other countries as well, not extremely often though, and the changes normally aren't huge. It's hard to avoid changes, I don't think anyone feels that it's correct to treat USA as provinces of Spain, France and England? Maps do change.
Regardless. The user ShammyLevva has helped us building polygons that should work for all of United Kingdom, based on the ceremonial borders in England. This has been imported in our system in a way where they are not used yet, we have just tested the technical complications.
A good side-effect of these new polygons is that we also have polygons for regions that matches Geocaching.com.
So, now we ask the community. Do you want these new polygons?
PS! There may be some minor adjustments if we choose to use these. They are not 100% reviewed to be correct yet.
When the result of the poll was over 50 to 1 we started to migrate to the new polygon data. It's already partly in place. The servers will now spend the whole night calculating which county all the geocaches exists in with the new data. Meanwhile there can be mid-way effects on some maps.