AYTOUN RALPH ralph.aytoun at ntlworld.com
Mon Apr 27 15:25:41 UTC 2015

If I don't scream I will end up tearing my hair out.
We need to change what we are doing and who we are letting in to do it.
These Activations in response to a disaster means that people's lives are
at stake here. I am finding totally inexperienced mappers (some with no
completed tiles and others with only one or two completed tiles) messing
around with validating tiles or unlocking already validated tiles and
working on them. I have a screen shot of Nepal #944 showing 5 validated
tiles are actively locked. When I checked on the people that were doing
this they were complete beginners.
I have had one of the tiles I had completed opened by one of these
beginners and started adding short little sections of disconnected roads
(The instructions specifically ask us not to add these) then validating
this tile, then invalidating it again.
While I am all in favour of getting new mappers up and going this should
only be done on the Missing Maps project and not on HOT Activations. It is
extremely important that we get it right as quickly as possible for those
people out in the field with injured and dead all around them and lives at
stake for us to be rechecking already validated tiles because we can no
longer trust them to be correct or near to correct.
We have already had complaints about poor quality work in the past and this
type of activity is not going to get us any better credibility. We really
need to rethink the "open to all" policy for HOT Activations.
I am now looking at #944 which shows 63% Validated right now and there is
two more Validated tiles that are actively locked.
I no longer trust the Green marked tiles as being checked and cleared. I
know that the majority of what we are producing will be of some assistance
in the hills of Nepal but can also imagine the frustration of those people
with some of the nonsense I have managed to clean up while validating.
OK. Rant over. I will be sending out messages to all the new mappers I have
identified asking them to only work on the white tiles and not to open any
of the orange or green ones until they have a lot more experience.
Sorry to have interrupted you in the middle of this crisis but felt that
this needed to be said.
Ralph (RAytoun)
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