[HOT] Tech WG - tasking manager - workflow branch

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Tue Feb 4 16:07:02 UTC 2014

Hi All,

On the other side of "for validation" it is a well liked feature for
some of our more traditional partners. (Including those that
originally funded v2 of the tasking manager)

It would be nice not to take features away from the 1st version. I
would suggest we look at ways to encourage validation. I think one way
for example would be to let people validate more than one square at a



On Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 10:54 PM, Pierre GIRAUD <pierre.giraud at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Harry!
> You read my mind.
> Let's try without validation.
> I'm pretty sure that the validation feature can be re-added in a near
> future. We just need to find a way to have something easy to understand for
> the end user. And I am convinced that if it's simple for the end-user it
> will not require to much effort to implement.
> For the most motivated of us, I think that UI mockups are a neat way to
> brainstorm and share ideas.
> Pierre
> On Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM, Harry Wood <mail at harrywood.co.uk> wrote:
>> Seems people aren't sure about the idea of removing the validation step,
>> but I think it's good idea. I'm sure Pierre is suggesting this change having
>> looked quite carefully at the way people are using the task manager system.
>> The idea of validation was to allow pro-mappers to coordinate the process
>> of double-checking over the area of a whole job, without too much
>> duplication of that double-checking effort, but how many whole jobs has this
>> happened on? It's easy to see the validation step has not been adopted much.
>> Either we don't have many pro-mappers with confidence to validate, or
>> they're not that interested in doing validation (perhaps because we have a
>> steady flow of new jobs work on)
>> And the thing which is always easy to overlook, the feature comes at a
>> cost. It makes the system that little bit more complex to understand.
>> I like the idea of trying without validation. A compromise might be to
>> have it as some sort of hidden feature, but then that's effort to develop
>> something which few users see.
>> Harry
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>> From: Pierre GIRAUD <pierre.giraud at gmail.com>
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>> Sent: Sunday, 2 February 2014, 18:46
>> Subject: [HOT] Tech WG - tasking manager - workflow branch
>> Hi all,
>> It's been a while now that I've started working on a "workflow" branch
>> (more than a year ago). The main purpose of this development was to improve
>> the user experience by simplifying the interface a bit.
>> This branch is the one used for the instance working at
>> http://tasks2.hotosm.org.
>> I'm now confident and I think that it's ready. I would now like to merge
>> the work into the master branch and update the main instance. It will also
>> eventually allow us to remove this second instance. I will do my best to
>> retrieve the data as well.
>> For those who don't know yet, in addition to user interface modification,
>> the main enhancement is deep linking ie. links to tasks in a read only mode.
>> This allow users to share a link to the task they are working on for
>> example.
>> I also got rid of the "validation" process because it has been the source
>> of problems recently. Let's rethink this feature if we really need it.
>> People still can invalidate tasks though.
>> If no one is fiercely against i, I'll do the merge later this week.
>> This will help me give an answer to Mikel and others who were asking me
>> how much work is left to get v1 functionnalities in v2.
>> Regards,
>> Pierre
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