[Tagging] README tag with editor support

David dbannon at internode.on.net
Thu Jun 11 22:17:58 UTC 2015

Formalising readme is a good and have editing tools display it. But i would like to see the readme tag used very selectively. It could contain far more data than the rest if the object's tag. Bad if people saw it like comments in source code.

Perhaps more emphasis is needed on good manners when editing existing data too.


Richard Welty <rwelty at averillpark.net> wrote:

>this is a summary of previous discussion on newbies & talk-us
>we have an ongoing, persistent problem with armchair mappers
>"correcting" the map to match out of date aerial imagery. i just
>had to repair the map in Rensselaer, NY; the street named
>Broadway was reconfigured in late 2012, and bing imagery is
>out of date. a couple of months ago someone realigned my
>edits to match the out of date bing imagery. others can and
>have described similar situations.
>i have started using the unofficial tag README whenever i
>make edits that differ from current bing imagery; i usually
>place the date of the note in ISO format at the beginning
>of the text. for example, here is the note i placed on the
>road in Rensselaer:
>2013-01-15 - reconfiguration of road not yet fully reflected in aerial
>imagery. do not conform this road to current imagery.
>this has mostly worked, but in this specific case the armchair
>mapper chose not to read the note, or read it and dismissed it.
>so i have two things in mind here:
>1) formalize the README tag as a way to caution future mappers
>2) request editor support, when someone goes to change a
>README tagged entity, it would be nice if editors would popup
>a dialog saying something along the lines of
>Warning: read the following before making any changes to this
>object <README text follows>
>other suggestions that have been made have included trying to
>make the dates on which imagery was collected more obvious,
>adding warnings when edits are newer than available imagery
>(or newer than the imagery layer currently being displayed),
>and pressing to get more current imagery into place.
>does anyone have any thoughts on how to approach this?
>rwelty at averillpark.net
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