[Talk-GB] Adding a further 250, 000 UK roads quickly using a Bot?

Jonathan Harley jon at spiffymap.net
Thu Feb 3 12:51:24 GMT 2011

On 03/02/11 11:51, Ed Avis wrote:
> Lastly, I don't believe that adding data from external sources discourages
> contributors.  Quite the opposite.  It is a blank canvas that puts people off.
> The way to bring in contributors is to show a map with a few missing details that
> are so tempting to fix 'just one thing'...

I don't think you can generalise this - the blank canvas attracts some 
people (including me) and repels others.

However, I used to be quite active in wikipedia, and the experience 
there is clearly that there are far, far more people who want to be 
editors than who want to contribute brand-new content. I suspect if OSM 
did more to attract "gardeners" as someone else put it, there could be a 
big, largely untapped source of contributors out there.


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