[OSM-dev] Community standards for writing editors

Nic Roets nroets at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 15:59:09 GMT 2011


Hello Andrew,

So far we found that crappy editors loose popularity. For example,
Potlatch would not warn users that the two ways they are merging have
two different names. Then some would call for it to be banned. Then
they would incorporate the good features of Potlatch (e.g. Y! imagery)
into other editors.

There is an interesting trend though: All or nearly all editors have
been open source.

Regards,
Nic

On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 3:07 PM, Andrew <andrewhainosm at hotmail.co.uk> wrote:
> Because anyone who imports data and runs a bot can make large changes to the
> database with little effort the OSM community expects them to behave
> themselves while doing so; this is, for instance, expressed in the wiki pages
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Import/Guidelines and
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Automated_Edits/Code_of_Conduct .
>
> People who write editing tools can also exert a lot of leverage, for instance
> by having their programs used by mappers who are less skilled and experienced
> than they are themselves. What do you see as being the standards the community
> expects of editor writers?
>
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