[HOT] Feedback about the Tasking Manager

Florian Niel florian.niel at gmail.com
Sat Feb 25 08:25:42 UTC 2017


In December 2016 I found HOT by accident and started contributing. Now I 
have seen some different types of projects and want to give feedback 
about the tasking manager.

1) Information for new users:
I think it is really good. The system with the description and the 
instrucions first is really helpful. Maybe some images of the most 
common mistakes plus how it should be done in the instructions window 
would help the not English speaking mappers to avoid mistakes.

2) Questions about a project
I wish there was a comment section for every project where anyone can 
ask general questions. For example if I realize that same things are 
being mapped differently, I coud ask how it should be done and everybody 
would see the answer. Right now I can just send a personal note to the 
project manager or ask the question in the square-comment-box. Both ways 
are not helpful to other mappers as they cannot see it.
For the Aweil project this possibility exists as a separate website 
(https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/JanBohmMSF/diary/40072) and has been 
very helpful for me and other mappers.

3) Information for validators
I soon started validating easy projects after some weeks. I thought I 
had seen enough and tried to do like the other validators. I did not 
know about the wiki page for validation (I just found it today). It 
would have been great if the tasking manager had showed me the link to 
the wiki or other useful information for validators when I clicked the 
"Review the work" button the first time.
Or even better, provide a second button next to the "Review the work" 
button which says something like "Validation instructions" which directs 
you to the validation wiki page (or something similar, but 
project-specific). I think this would encourage more mappers to start 


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