[OSM-dev] [Marble-devel] NOTICE: gazetteer.osm.org being retired

Jonathan Bennett openstreetmap at jonno.cix.co.uk
Thu Sep 2 14:54:23 BST 2010

  On 01/09/2010 22:33, Chris Browet wrote:
> For myself:
> - Considering the reactions, maybe avoid as much as possible to use 
> openstreetmap.org <http://openstreetmap.org> services, but anyway be 
> sure it fails gracefully.

If you're talking in your role as a maintainer of Merkaartor, then the 
fails gracefully bit is a good idea, but you don't need to avoid using 
the services. Mappers editing the data are the intended audience for the 
services on openstreetmap.org, so Merkaartor is meant to be using them.

A problem only arises where a third party, end-user application starts 
using what are effectively mapper's tools to provide a service to its 
users, and fails to identify itself to OSM sysadmins in the process. 
None of these issues is true of Merkaartor.

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