[OSM-dev] Removing functionality and giving just No as answer

Michael Zangl openstreetmap at michael.fam-zangl.net
Fri Feb 24 12:11:51 UTC 2017


A few words of someone who is just "using" the OSM website:

I personally think the current Menu is full enough. We should focus on
making that menu better for normal visitors. I could not really think of
a use case where a normal user would want to see a specific map tile. In
my opinion, they should not even know that map tiles exist. If you want
to export a part of the map, use the image functionality in the export tab.

I like that the main site has some dev stuff on it and is sort of a
browser for the database. But for many people, it is the first point
where they get in touch with OSM. And they don't know what a attribute
list is, they don't know about relations and for them, most
functionality of the page is not usable (changesets, object queries,
...). Compared to other map pages, the page is really "technical" the
way it is now.

I support the decision to not include that link to the tile source on
the website: This is a not a dev playground, this is a website that
should be used by millions of normal users. It should provide an entry
point for people that want to improve the OSM database. It should not be
a maintenance tool.


Am 24.02.2017 um 12:41 schrieb Tom Hughes:
> On 24/02/17 11:33, Dave F wrote:
>> On 24/02/2017 11:19, Tom Hughes wrote:
>>> Well it was a little odd that we suddenly got several people who are
>>> not regular commenters turning up in the space of a few minute to add
>>> "me too" style responses.
>> What's wrong with that? There are numerous discussions in Dev that I
>> have no interest in, but on occasion there's something relevant to my
>> OSM usage & I will make a comment. This current topic appears to be
>> relevant to a few other users.
> The problem is that there is a subset of people that think tickets are a
> popularity contest and that if they can just get enough people to vote
> for a ticket it will be accepted/implemented/whatever.
> That's not how it works however, in almost any open source project in
> fact, because things are done because people want to work on them and
> are accepted when they are the right thing, whether they are being asked
> for by one person or a hundred people.
> Even if a hundred people turned up to say they would use this that tells
> us nothing about the other million mappers that have no idea what github
> even is so it's really not helpful to fill everybody's mail boxes up
> with "+1" messages that we're all just going to ignore anyway.
> Tom

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