[Osmf-talk] Toward resolution of controversies related to iD

Craig Allan allan at iafrica.com
Mon Jun 8 20:21:33 UTC 2020

Chair and Members,

1: A multi-purpose appeal process is a useful suggestion. I'd suggest it 
follows an escalating conflict resolution process, for example: 
mediation first, arbitration second and thirdly some limited appeal to 
higher authority.  It would be a service to the contesting parties, not 
a quasi-judicial body.  I'd also suggest that the conflict resolution 
service should be made a formal, well specified function of a committee 
of the OSMF on the grounds that if it is not someone's job then nobody 
will do it.

2: A formal curation process for tags would be very welcome. I think the 
exploratory approach of 'any tags you like' has worked, but now has had 
its day. The issues with iD are largely an outcome of this problem. The 
next phase is to put in place a formal specification for tags serviced 
by a proper process to manage tag create-amend-delete events. I predict 
that editor and renderer developers will weep with joy if this is passed.

3: I don't think OSMF as a body should be making recommendations to the 
iD team in a public report.  Not that the recommendations are not good, 
it is just that the approach seems a bit heavy handed in a peer to peer 
situation. I believe we should regard the report as a position paper, 
not as an instruction, and rewrite it as such.  I do understand that 
there have already been consultations with the iD team and they have 
seen the document in its current form so this comment may be a bit late 
and possibly ill-informed..

best regards
(OSM: cRaIgalLAn)

On 2020/06/05 23:46, Allan Mustard wrote:
> Dear OSMF Members,
> Please find attached a request for comment on possible approaches to 
> resolving controversies related to upgrades to and modifications of 
> the iD editor.  Please send back any responses via this mailing list.
> Thank you.
> Allan Mustard
> Chairperson, OSMF Board of Directors
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