[HOT] Validating - Take a Task at Random
nick.allen.54 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 18:31:50 UTC 2014
For info of all who are consciously validating squares (& a few who may
not realise they have been validating).
I've been contacted concerning one of the very successful recent
mapathons. A little research after the event has shown that several
squares of at least one project have been marked as validated by mappers
extremely new to the system - unfortunately the squares are not up to
standard and more work is taking place to correct this.
We think that the likely scenario is - When all squares of a project are
either complete or locked by another mapper, Tasking Manager will
allocate you a square to validate - if you are extremely new to the
system you probably will not realise what has happened and will look
round the square & then add a brief comment before marking the square as
done. Having spoken at several mapathons, and listened to other mappers
giving guidance I know that;
a/. you can't say everything before letting someone start, &
b/. even if you did they probably wouldn't remember it all anyway.
I've added to the entry on the tasking manager in learnOSM - link is
http://learnosm.org/en/coordination/tasking-manager/#contribute-tab & I
ask that validators just bear this in mind - have a quick look at the
usernames of others who have validated within the project you are
working on, and be prepared to reopen squares that may have already been
validated if there are problems. I'm not talking about 'they missed one
building in the middle of 200', I'm talking about buildings should have
been traced, there were hundreds, but none were traced!
I can see how easy a mistake it is to make, and I think it's something
we should be aware of and try to negate in the future. Meanwhile I
suggest that if you find one, send a message to the mapper concerned
including the above link.
To my knowledge there has never been a decision about what
qualifications are required before someone validates, and I'm not sure
there is an answer to that - a few of my thoughts;
1. I've checked up on one validator who had (at the time I checked)
never completed a square - extremely good mapper with lots of experience
in other areas of mapping, and gives good feedback - if it's you, keep
up the good work, thanks.
2. I found someone mapping on the day their OSM username was issued.
Their mapping was obviously well beyond the standard we expect of a new
mapper. On sending a message I established they wanted a new username to
use whilst mapping for HOT - I asked them to start validating. Again,
keep up the good work, thanks.
3. I'm still learning.
Perhaps this is something for discussion at one of the working groups.
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