[Osmf-talk] Elections: Avoid Mandate Creep

Tobias Knerr osm at tobias-knerr.de
Wed Aug 31 11:15:13 UTC 2011

Eugene Usvitsky wrote:
> Look at Apple, Inc. They are heavily criticized for lack of options -
> 1 phone, 2 laptop models and that's all. But are they successful?
> Definitely. [...] Those who don't like this go somewhere.

Apple, Inc. are successful financially, but their products are lacking
if you measure them against criteria such as "freedom of choice". That
doesn't matter to everyone, of course, and those who feel limited by
Apple's decisions can indeed simply choose one of the alternatives.

However, there is something terribly wrong with your analogy: OSM is not
the project that people leave if they want more than the one or two
approved use cases of some data provider. OSM is the project that people
_come to_ when they want more freedom than that!

After all, OSM is designed to let people use data in unexpected and
creative ways. This only works if you let people experiment freely
instead of confining them to those activities that are compatible with
the vision of some leader.

> The project now doesn't even have tags normalizer! We
> can't make the project a trash of hundreds not-really-compatible parts
> due to different understanding of one things. And this means the same
> I explained above - there should be someone who is responsible for
> cleaning AND making everyone not to bring the garbage (wrong tags or
> tags combinations, at least) back.
> And this is OSMF.

There is no reason at all why the OSMF should be involved. A good
standard, backed by programmers of popular editing and rendering
software, would succeed without OSMF support though voluntary participation.

-- Tobias Knerr

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