[Talk-GB] Suburbs in London/Brum - big edits

David Woolley forums at david-woolley.me.uk
Thu Nov 20 08:11:15 UTC 2014

On 19/11/14 22:37, Lester Caine wrote:
> The wiki only provides general guide lines and picking WHICH rules to
> use is much better discussed by a local group than being applied without
> any reference to the on the ground situation ...

In that case, you should edit the wiki to either cover the local 
exceptions, or give clear guidance as to where the edge cases lie.  It 
should be possible to do most mapping based on just the wiki, otherwise 
you get the situation that you have on Google Maps where there are lots 
of rules that people fall foul of when their submissions get moderated, 
but which they couldn't reasonably have deduced for themselves.

The relatively light retro-moderation approach is one of the reasons 
that contribute to OSM, when compared with the heavy, mandatory, 
moderation that seems to happen on Google Maps.  If large numbers of 
changesets are going to get reverted because unwritten rules are 
violated, OSM is going to be no better than Google.

We don't expect the general public to get ruling from a court every time 
they make a decision in their lives.  We should not expect mappers to go 
before the court of this mailing list every time they make a decision on 
mapping.  If the law is uncertain, fix the law.

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