[HOT] validation

Suzan Reed suzan at suzanreed.com
Mon Jun 29 23:16:17 UTC 2015

The instructions are not always clear, often have information newcomers don't understand, and are formatted in a way that make them difficult to grasp. 

People read information on the web differently than they do on paper. Short paragraphs of one sentence, lots of space, bulleted lists all work well. 

I've been thinking this for a few days. I'm adept in web usability (taught/lectured on the subject) and I think it's possible to put together a form activators could fill in that would make the instructions clearer. Instructions or a wiki on how to write for an activation could be helpful. 

I could edit one for clarity, but would need someone to volunteer their activation instructions so I know I'm not going to offend. ;-)



On Jun 29, 2015, at 3:12 PM, john whelan wrote:

I think if we get something like Nepal crop up again that this would be an excellent introduction to HOT mapping and would help on the data quality side.  However we have around a thousand open projects in HOT at the moment and making an intro like this for each one would take quite a bit of effort.

Is the HOT training group aware of these?

Thanks John

On 29 June 2015 at 15:53, pierre mirlesse <pierre_mirlesse at yahoo.com> wrote:
John whelan mentioned in his note: "If you put something in the task instructions then people have to read them
and there seems to be a tendency to just map first and read the instructions afterwards"

inputs: maybe the descriptions and instructions format of the Tasking Manager a little too "dry" for new mappers. 
maybe a short video conversation/intro 2-3 mn about Why the task was created, by Whom and how it will be used 
could insure more "stickyness/interest" of new mappers to the task and promoting reading it's description.
John if interested to test this out... let me know. Here are some of the intros I've done for other tasks:
How To Map in Openstreetmap : Basic Training ID Editor HOT Task #1090  

How To Map in Openstreetmap : Basic Training ID Editor...
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How To Map in OSM : Advanced training with JOSM HOT Task #1062

How To Map in OSM : Advanced training with JOSM HO...
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