[Osmf-talk] Fwd: Number of people who checked 'public domain'

andrzej zaborowski balrogg at gmail.com
Sun Oct 17 15:24:35 UTC 2010

On 17 October 2010 09:40,  <sotm at livingwithdragons.com> wrote:
> I don't know how many have ticked it, but I do know...
> * it has no legal meaning.
> * it isn't a helpful count at all.
> I'll quote Andy, " everyone reflexively ticked the box beside the agree
> button. I’m guessing they all thought it was a “have you read the above
> legal stuff” which you normally get on such forms."
> http://www.gravitystorm.co.uk/shine/archives/2010/10/04/quick-and-dirty-usability-testing-of-osm/
> But I've also observed this happen in my own "mum test". She said she
> thought she had to do that for OpenStreetMap.
> I know there is the big question about making OSM Public Domain or not. But
> I would ignore arguments from both sides and remove the PD tick box. It's
> not serving any purpose, other than two purposes it's only pretending to
> serve.

This is very interesting, but I wouldn't remove the tick box
completely.  If our mums tick the box without thinking what it's for,
they probably don't care, and don't mind their contributions being
public domain.  And so the count would be still valid and valuable.


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