[OSM-dev] Data source for robot

Apollinaris Schoell aschoell at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 20:01:07 BST 2010

On Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 10:53 AM, Jan Sandbrink <fischikowski at web.de> wrote:

> obviously they are either good enough in
>> there current status or no one cares about it. there is 0 benefit in
>> automatic edits.
> Are you serious?


> What about the guy that wants to use any kind of routing software to go
> from A to B?
> if streets are not connected in a place where nobody cares this means he
> will get redirected over some areas where people care.
would you trust a routing based on automatic edits?

> Hell, this whole discussion looks like a witch-hunt. Because all
> robot-edits are the devil. And the general tone here is very discouraging
> for everyone that might think about investing time into OSM.

not all are but most have been. It's so easy to write a robot. any script
kid can do this. Any GIS professional can but who is willing to do on the
ground survey?
 Doing a bot right without destruction of other data is very difficult. I
have done imports semi automatic edits ... but the real challenge was to fix
the mess left behind manually by broken uploads. corner cases not considered
initially and many more. So the message is don't do it unless you are
absolutely committed and willing to fix all problems it causes. Too many did
not in the past and now a lot of mappers are angry at bot writers for a good

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