[Talk-GB] OS bot proposal

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemed.net
Fri Feb 4 12:32:52 GMT 2011

Peter Miller wrote:
> To be clear, I have no idea who might write this bot or when

So I propose we call it "Bot Nukem Forever". :)

Why isn't the UK complete yet? Amazingly, in a worldwide community of
350,000 registered users (with thousands in the UK), we have:

- just three people working consistently on a newbie-usable editor (Andy, me
and Steve Bennett) [1]
- someone in Germany working on a newbie-usable corrections platform
(Skobbler's MapDust)
- no project-wide outreach operation
- no UK outreach operation
- no project-wide press operation
- no UK press operation

That is the sum total of the efforts to attract newcomers and thereby
increase our coverage. The occasional attentions of four people. Out of

And your reaction to the fact that the UK isn't complete is "hey, someone
should spend a lot of time writing a bot"? Holy cow.


[1] That's not at all to denigrate those who have made huge contributions to
P2 beforehand or occasional contributions - just a quick summary of
http://trac.openstreetmap.org/log/applications/editors/potlatch2/ . Nor is
it to denigrate the (also tiny) number of people working on the core site;
I'm just trying to focus on the more newbie-centred stuff.

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