[HOT] osm now has changeset discussions - use for validation messages?

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Sun Nov 2 21:09:53 UTC 2014

My preference at this point is to use the TM2 comments as they are on a 
per task basis instead of just one changeset increasing the chance 
others will see and potentially benefit from any comments left on the 
task. I do not think anyone but the one person who committed the 
changeset will see changeset comments in our mapping work context.

With the recent addition of the @ mentions for task comments, while not 
emailed to users, it will notify them via the TM that someone has 
mentioned them in a comment on a task.

I generally add @ mentions to all the tasks I validate lately.

In other words, I think for general OSM mapping that does not make use 
of the TM, the changeset comments are great, but aside from the email 
notification, I do not see them adding much to our workflow for working 
with mappers and them being potentially less helpful to our mapping work 
since fewer people will see comments if they are just on changesets.

It is possible I am missing something though, that is just my initial 

On 11/2/2014 3:42 PM, Dan S wrote:
> Hi all,
> OpenStreetMap has a new feature called changeset discussions - described here:
> https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2014/11/02/introducing-changeset-discussions/
> It seems quite useful for feedback on HOT aerial mapping. As an
> example, I just validated a square and I added a comment on the actual
> changeset itself:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/26398525
> For now, I _also_ put the same comment into the Tasking Manager item:
> http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/713#task/203
> A nice thing about this new feature is that it automatically emails
> the right people to notify them of the comments. A possible negative
> is that the "conversation" is entirely public.
> Any other HOT validators have opinions about whether we should start
> to make more use of the feature?
> Best
> Dan
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