[OSM-dev] finding OSM users by their home locations

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Sun May 31 20:54:44 BST 2009


Matt Amos wrote:
> On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 1:46 PM, Russ Nelson <russ at cloudmade.com> wrote:
>> On May 31, 2009, at 7:00 AM, Matt Amos wrote:
>>> if we want to keep the map on the users' pages showing the nearest
>>> other users to them, we might as well offer this data publicly. as
>>> russ said, it's one script and a bunch of server load away from being
>>> public anyway.
>> Right.  If we want to protect people's privacy, then we should change
>> the map on the users' pages.  We shouldn't claim to protect people's
>> privacy and then do so ineffectually.
> 
> +1 - it probably doesn't matter so much in urban areas, where the
> inaccuracy of the home location is much greater than the distance
> between houses. in rural areas it's more of an issue...

Well, my neighborhood happens to be surprisingly well mapped for TIGER,
about the only obstacle for someone finding me is that it doesn't
include elevation data, and I live in a nonoplex (think duplex, but 9
instead of 2).

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