[Osmf-talk] Anonymous notes on osm.org

Hugo Holscher hugoholscher at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 08:21:34 UTC 2012

Looks to me that there is substantial support for an open system. The good 
thing is we can learn from that and if the majority is mistaken, there is 
always a way back.

As a recipient of MapDust errors, I would like to see a few people to think 
how we can ensure that the number of real bugs increases. I saw the number 
of  1-2 out of 10 bugs are real map bugs and in my experience that is the 
optimistic number. The main reason I see is that routing errors and 
temporarily closed roads (e.g. unloading trucks) are reported as bugs. A low 
point was a GPS misreading of 200 m making the user feel to be on a totally 
different road.

I know too little of bug reporting systems, but if a working group is 
started to improve on the MapDust principle, happy to contribute,


-----Oorspronkelijk bericht----- 
From: Rich
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:54 AM
To: Harry Wood
Cc: osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [Osmf-talk] Anonymous notes on osm.org

On 2012-11-13 05:04, Harry Wood wrote:
> I feel quite strongly that we should allow anonymous notes. The exciting
> thing about OpenStreetBugs was always the simplicity of the user
> experience, particularly for non-registered fly-by contributors. Close
> your eyes and think back to a time when you weren't obsessed with
> OpenStreetMap. Imagine you're this guy:
> https://forums.craigslist.org/?ID=221103972   Looks like I failed to
> persuade him/her to add a bug, and that's without requiring sign in.
> It's a user experience thing. For me this massively outweighs the other
> considerations you've mentioned.
> But a period of a few months of lockdown might be a good idea ("soft
> launch")  Discussed here already:
> http://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/rails-dev/2012-October/001138.html

i would strongly favour starting with such a "lockdown". mostly because
of seeing too many useless reports on osb, and to see that community can
deal with the amount of incoming reports.

as noted by others, there's little benefit if we're swamped with
reports, they pile up, become outdated etc. it also discourages
reporters from bothering again.

> Harry

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