[Tagging] iD presets

Christoph Hormann osm at imagico.de
Fri Jun 22 18:24:35 UTC 2018

On Friday 22 June 2018, Kevin Kenny wrote:
> [...]
> Bryan's choices may seem arbitrary, but this follows a general tenet
> of open-source development: "he who does the work makes the rules."

Contrary to what some might want to believe OSM is not a software 
development project.

And what you are communicating here, that mappers should adjust their 
mapping style for the convenience of data consumers, is highly 
problematic.  I know this is not a rare viewpoint, even among mappers 
submitting yourself to the (perceived) needs of data consumers 
(something i called "preemptive mapping for the renderer" some time 
ago) is widespread.

But OpenStreetMap is a mapper centric project.  Developers around it are 
to serve the mappers, not the other way round.  Fortunately on a global 
level interests of mappers and interests of data users usually go hand 
in hand.  But if in specific cases they don't the interests of mappers 
have to overrule those of data users and developers - otherwise we can 
close down shop right away and reopen as Google Mapmaker 2.0.

Or in other words:  "those who do the work make the rules" does apply, 
but in OSM those who do the work are - by a very large margin - the 
mappers.  And developers should use the influence they inevitably have 
to support the mappers in making competent and viable decisions - in 
their interest, not in that of the data users.

Christoph Hormann

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