[HOT] Idea: Feature identification 'forum'

Brad Neuhauser brad.neuhauser at gmail.com
Thu Oct 16 14:40:28 UTC 2014

Kate previously brought up[1] the Galaxy Zoo Talk page[2] which is similar
to your idea, Erik. Not sure if there have been any follow up discussions?

[1] https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/hot/2014-September/006090.html
[2] http://talk.galaxyzoo.org/#/boards/BGZ0000005

On Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 9:23 AM, Sander Deryckere <sanderd17 at gmail.com>

> Asking help from other contributors on a specific object is usually done
> via a fixme=* tag. Tools like http://keepright.at allow you to browse
> those objects, so mappers can fix it when they know the answer. Polls on a
> specific object are never needed, as someone who goes to survey the object
> should always see what it is.
> When tracing for HOT though, and there is no local community able to do
> surveying, that fixme could remain unfixed a long time.
> For general questions, you can always use help.osm.org or forum.osm.org .
> On your actual question, I don't know the answer.
> Op 16-okt.-2014 16:00 schreef "Erik Walthinsen" <omega at omegacs.net>:
>> I'm working on some outlying parts of Port Loko on #699, and ran into
>> what looks like a path, but it also follows in what looks a lot like a
>> watershed and seems more defined (in places) than I would expect a path to
>> look.  I'm honestly not sure which it is, or if it's both how they would
>> align.  (way #308060638, currently a path)
>> That got me thinking: what if HOT (or eventually OSM in general) had a
>> specialized forum where questions like this can be posted in reference to a
>> way# or node# specifically?  Interested parties can browse or
>> standing-search the questions by tag (either OSM or topical), geofence, or
>> whatever.  It acts like a forum topic for the most part, where discussion
>> can take place.  Each can (as appropriate) have a poll with options being
>> full OSM tagsets, anybody who's posted can add a poll option, and anybody
>> who's already voted gets a notification when new options are added so they
>> can reconsider.
>> Unfortunately I have neither the time nor expertise to implement such a
>> system, but I thought I'd toss the idea out if anybody wanted to run with
>> it.
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