[OSM-dev] Harmless edits

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Fri Dec 16 21:33:04 GMT 2011

On 12/16/2011 4:14 PM, Paul Norman wrote:
>> From: Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) [mailto:ldeffenb at homeside.to]
>> Subject: Re: [OSM-dev] Harmless edits
>> My opinion is that the agree-er's change of the (apparently, but who
>> knows for sure?) mis-spelling of the nmae= tag to name= brings the
>> information into the realm of agreement by the adoption of the most
>> recent edit of the tag.  It is the responsibility, I would think, of the
>> correcting user to ensure the validity of the change and is no different
>> than an agree-er entering their own name= tag based on what some non-
>> agree-ing person told them about the object.
>> The disappearance of the nmae= tag makes the original addition a
>> harmless edit.  The edit is no longer present.
>> The appearance of a name= tag must be, IMHO, considered acceptable if
>> done by an agree-ing user.  There is no way nor reason to infer that it
>> was simply a correction of a spelling error without also assuming that
>> the responsibility and agreement status for the information has
>> transitioned to the most recent editor.
> I cannot agree with your view that the responsibility for agreement
> transfers to the most recent editor. As an example, xybot fixes some common
> spelling errors in tags, as well as some other common mistakes.

'bots are one thing, manual edits are another.  If a live editor "fixes" 
the nmae= to name= then would not responsibility transition to the 
entity that made the decision to implement said change?

Lynn (D) - Just trying to understand

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