[Tagging] [OSM-talk] Tagging disputed boundaries

Graeme Fitzpatrick graemefitz1 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 12 23:33:02 UTC 2019


On Wed, 13 Mar 2019 at 04:22, Johnparis <okosm at johnfreed.com> wrote:

> What surprised me, however, was the general lack of interest. I had
> thought this was a hot button issue, what with dozens of people registering
> with OSM, the big kerfuffle about Crimea, etc. If only 33 people are
> interested in this topic, it seems useless for me to continue to try to
> refine the proposal.
>

John, I'm sorry your proposal didn't make it, as it seemed like quite a
reasonable idea.

I've noticed this before & wonder about the numbers, or lack of them?

Yes there's supposed to be ~750000 mappers on OSM.

I don't know how many subscribe to the Tagging list (I'm sure someone can
tell us?) but for Feb 2019
https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/tagging/2019-February/author.html,
there were posts by only 86 users, 20 of whom made only 1 post, while 37
made more than 5.

Back to Nov 2018 when your proposal was raised
https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/tagging/2018-November/author.html
& those numbers become 76 total posters, 19 with 1 post, & 32 at +5, so
virtually identical.

Of those 76 active on the list in Nov, 16 people commented on your
proposal. When it came to the vote, 33 people voted, but only 2 of them had
made comments on the list, but, strangely enough, only 2 people who
commented then voted!

Please note that I am in no way criticising people for not contributing to
the list - I'm just pointing out that decisions that potentially effect
750000 mappers are seemingly being made by a mere handful of people, a lot
of whom apparently aren't talking to anybody about the suggestion?

I have no idea how we could improve things so there is more feedback -
maybe remove the discussion page from the proposals, so all discussion has
to happen on the tagging list?

Thanks

Graeme
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