[OSM-dev] Implementing usability improvements

Paweł Paprota ppawel at fastmail.fm
Wed Jul 4 10:59:29 BST 2012

Hi Tom,

I don't know how I have overlooked the rails-dev mailing list! Thanks
for pointing this out, I will subscribe of course.

As I wrote in my other response, I understand about not being a clone of
Google Maps or other mapping sites - but still I think there is some
work to be done to make osm.org more usable or more web 2.0 I should say


On Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 10:45, Tom Hughes wrote:
> On 04/07/12 10:19, Paweł Paprota wrote:
> > I think a lot of things can be improved in terms of the OSM project
> > front page usability to bring it more on par with similar offerings
> > (Google Maps, Bing Maps). Some of them are listed and tracked in [1],
> > true, but I am slightly confused on what is the general direction. Is it
> > OK to just start hacking on the website project in github or is there
> > some major overhaul coming up and it's better to wait/focus on other
> > stuff?
> Well the rails-dev list is where such stuff is mostly discussed so 
> joining that would be a good start.
> We were also having weekly IRC meetings on a Monday, but those seem to 
> have stopped happening recently - we should probably revive them.
> Enhancements are of course welcome, and pull requests on github are fine 
> as a way of proposing a change.
> The only note of caution I would sound, is that we are not trying to be 
> a clone of Google Maps or Bing so be careful about trying to slavishly 
> copy features from those sites - we are not trying to provide an all 
> powerful end user mapping site but rather we are just trying to provide 
> a visualisation of our data and tools to help people use it.
> Tom
> -- 
> Tom Hughes (tom at compton.nu)
> http://compton.nu/

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