[HOT] Question regarding tasking manager "etiquette"

Tim McNamara paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz
Fri Feb 17 20:49:05 GMT 2012


I spent a long time mapping Padang before the visible boundaries
appeared. I would often go outside the bounds of the area, with the
hope that this would benefit the next person.

Let's not place too much effort on rankings, but working as a team to
get these areas mapped. (Why are there rankings?)


On 18 February 2012 09:21, Harry Wood <mail at harrywood.co.uk> wrote:
> Yes maybe sometimes people forget to mark their task as done, or they forget
> which square they had been working on. I think probably people are also
> sometimes timid about marking a task as done, in case it's not really
> finished yet, or they've done it wrong.
>
> Similarly when a job is first set up, there's may be squares which are done
> already or which can be very quickly and easily done. For Samoa we had an
> overview "just the major roads" job, and I don't know if the major roads
> were done extremely quickly during the exercise, or if they were actually
> all already in place, but clearly the tasks were *all* done (in accordance
> with the definition of the job, which was to map the major roads) when I
> came to look at them later on, and yet very few squares were marked as such.
>
> I think in both cases we need to be bold.  The task manager isn't going to
> be useful if we don't mark squares as done when they are done. So if you're
> looking for you next mapping square and find you've had your time wasted
> because you're on a square which is already finished...  mark it as done.
>
> The problem is that we don't get such a useful audit of who did what.  We
> can try to fix that a bit. I think probably the system needs to prompt
> people to mark their square as done if they forget e.g. by email.  And of
> course there's the problem of people scoring massively because they mapped
> all the ocean tiles (I'm good at that one!)
>
> I think at the moment we should accept that the tool is not so useful for
> keeping scores, but is already very useful for directing people where to
> map, and that's the main thing. So the answer is "be bold". Mark the tasks
> as done!  You can also add a comment e.g. "somebody else has done this one"
>
> We're inventing the etiquette as we go along here though. It's all new.
>
> Harry
>
> ________________________________
> From: Michael Krämer <ohrosm at googlemail.com>
> To: hot at openstreetmap.org
> Sent: Friday, 17 February 2012, 19:04
> Subject: [HOT] Question regarding tasking manager "etiquette"
>
> Hello,
>
> as I have previsously done some armchair mapping I recently decided to
> direct some of my mapping energy to help mapping Padang. Doing this using
> the tasking manager works perfectly for me. That's really a decent tool to
> work with.
>
> After mapping a number of squares I came across a few which were already
> completely mapped. So I struggled what to do with those - mark as done or
> not?
>
> I assume marking as done would overall help the project. But on the other
> hand it also a bit of taking credits for somebody else's efforts.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Regards,
>     Michael
>
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