Creating experimental OSM objects for Nominatim testing purposes

Hi Everyone!

I am interested in experimenting with Nominatim by creating fictitious OSM objects / addresses / places / boundaries / relations under different sets of conditions and then seeing how Nominatim search results vary under those differing experimental conditions.

I understand that uploading experimental objects which don’t exist in the real world into OSM database (even if done temporarily for a few minutes) constitutes as “bad editing” similar to vandalism.

Is there a method where I may conduct this little Nominatim experiment without corrupting OSM data? Another fellow mapper pointed me to master.apis.dev.openstreetmap.org, but this site doesn’t seem to be working properly - my uploaded edits don’t appear to be captured in its database.

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