[Tagging] Shop vs amenity

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Tue Aug 25 12:40:31 UTC 2015

> On Aug 25, 2015, at 11:13 AM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
> Everyone does not participate in all the OSM news sources. Thus people are surprised when presented with stuff they had no idea of.

When I was a gamer, I played a lot of Blizzard games (WoW & Diablo), and the same situation applies - "devs" would propose and beta test changes to the game and its systems, and would get feedback from beta testers and on the forum - a tiny minority of players.  After lengthy discussions, they would roll out the changes into the actual Live game - which would affect ?10-15 million players (who have a large time investment in the game, like mappers). 

The only way around the backlash to changes is to have the game display news of upcoming changes (for weeks or months) before they happen, on a screen that shows up every single time its launched.

If OSM put a "note from the devs" about upcoming changes and (separate from Github) place where the expected mass of comments could be consolidated outside the workflow, it might make people less surprised and feedback on an issue collected easier - and point to help or new tags added - weekly new documented / reworked tags on the wiki would be awesome, and help people stay on top of tags as well


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