[OSM-dev] Harmless edits

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Fri Dec 16 22:05:26 GMT 2011

> From: Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) [mailto:ldeffenb at homeside.to]
> Subject: Re: [OSM-dev] Harmless edits
> 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?

Users may fix tagging mistakes without verifying the data. The alternative
is leaving an obvious mistake in place when you know how to fix it.

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