[HOT] Checking validation work in TM3

Blake Girardot HOT/OSM blake.girardot at hotosm.org
Sun Oct 22 08:35:22 UTC 2017

Hi Scott,

Thank you very much for the feedback. We chatted about this on slack
and I just want to make clear and review to make sure I did not
misunderstand, this is about finding validated tasks to review the
validation work. We have had issues with new mappers validating task
squares so Scott, you are trying to review "new validators" not "new

We did not come up with a good way to do that, but identified some
possible improvements we can make to support this critical use. We
focused on some improvements to the stats page, like sortable columns
and maybe adding a column or two to the mapper list to indicate their
experience level.

Thank you again for your time Scott.


On Sun, Oct 22, 2017 at 3:14 AM, Scott Davies <mr.scott.davies at gmail.com> wrote:
> There's a lot I love about TM3, and hats off to those that put in the hard
> work to make it happen.
> There are a few teething issues, though. eg. Many projects in the new TM are
> still open to anyone to validate, so it's necessary to check that newer
> validators are doing a good job. But this is more difficult than it was in
> TM2.
> The problem is finding the squares they validated in order to review them.
> Hovering over 'start' next to the user's name on the main project page can
> show you which task squares they've mapped, but not those they've validated.
> The Activity & Stats page shows how many squares a user has validated (under
> 'Contributions'), which allows us to figure out which newer users are
> validating. So far, so good. However that list doesn't include any link to
> the actual task.
> The 'last activity' list similarly contains the information about who is
> doing what in the project (and is expandable, unlike in TM2), but the
> usefulness of that list is greatly undermined by the fact that, again, there
> is no link to the task.
> The 'Comments by users' list *does* provide a link to the specific task
> square. However, where they've left a comment it's normally where they've
> invalidated the square; but if we're checking their work we're generally
> more interested in the ones they've validated (ie. possibly wrongly). And
> those who aren't used to validating might not leave a comment at all, of
> course.
> Another option is to look at the user's profile page, which shows the number
> of tasks mapped and validated, but again, this doesn't have a link to
> specific tasks. (As an aside, in the list of projects on the user's page,
> the totals are incorrect-- but perhaps that issue is already known).
> Given all the above, I'm currently generally resorting to clicking randomly
> on squares on the map, hoping to find one that the specific user I'm
> interested in has validated-- very time-consuming.
> Have I missed something? There must be an easier way to do this?
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Blake Girardot
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

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