[Talk-GB] Footway to Sidewalk?

Tom Chance tom at acrewoods.net
Tue Aug 21 21:51:55 BST 2012


On 21 August 2012 14:40, Tom Hughes <tom at compton.nu> wrote:

> Out of interest, which part of the mechanical edit policy did this
>> contributor not comply with? As he notes in that forum thread, he
>> thought he had followed it to the letter.
>>
>
> Well the venue looks wrong to me to start with - he used a forum for
> "development" which doesn't seem like the best place.
>
> It's the equivalent of using the dev mailing list rather than talk or
> tagging.
>
> Personally I think using the forums rather than the mailing lists is a
> problem in itself, although I will grant that it doesn't violate the
> documented policy.
>
> At the end of the day I don't think the policy is tough enough though
> really - it should need more than just "half a dozen people voted on the
> wiki to tag something differently" before we start doing mass rewrites of
> existing tags.
>
> The fact that we allow these ridiculous wiki votes to determine tagging
> "policy" is bad enough, but at least most of us can just ignore the votes
> and carry on tagging in the way we always have. Once people start using
> those "votes" as as excuse to engage in mass retagging we create a whole
> different level of problems.


I see Peter Ito has made some changes to tighten up this "policy" (surely
guidance?) I have added some extra notes of caution. This chap obviously
got misled thinking he had followed the correct procedure, not realising
that OSM doesn't really work that way.

Regards,
Tom

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