[talk-ph] Fwd: [OSM-talk] Nice problem to have

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 00:01:08 GMT 2012

Here's some news from the main OSM mailing list.

Nice work mapping, guys!

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From: Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net>
Date: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 7:36 AM
Subject: [OSM-talk] Nice problem to have
To: talk at openstreetmap.org

* 3500 tiles per second. Seriously. In Grant's words on Twitter:
"Massive jump in #OpenStreetMap traffic due 2 Apple news:
t.co/nB4ffgYy Fighting fires 2 keep systems up"

* switch2osm.org fell over. Yep, so many people wanting to find out
about switching to OpenStreetMap that WordPress crapped itself (ok,
not the hardest target but hey ;) ).

* More contributors. We've had people come into IRC saying "I want to
fix this park name, how do I do it?". Regular IRCers have been
reporting a noticeably greater number of new editors in their areas.
Or as someone just asked on IRC: "hmm did the apple fanbois drink the
OSM koolaid and crash our servers with zealous mapping?"

* I think we've had a higher peak of publicity today than we've ever
had - higher than the Foursquare switch even, or the Google vandalism
incident. We've been Slashdotted; we're #6 on Hacker News. We've been
on The Verge, Forbes, Wired, Ars, Gizmodo, and all the Mac sites -
that's taking OSM to people who've not heard of us before. We might
not be the front page of the New York Times yet, but we're getting

* And one of the best things has been that people like how we've
handled it. From Forbes: "OpenStreetMap itself has been much more
polite about the whole thing. 'It’s really positive for us,' OSM
founder Steve Coast told Talking Points Memo, 'It’s great to see more
people in the industry using OSM. We do have concerns that there
wasn’t attribution.'."
   From a comment at Hacker News: "While I think it's quite messed up
that a company as rich as Apple can't abide putting credits for people
who have put some really good work in (I've even made small updates to
OSM in my time) I do think that this is a very classy move by the OSM
people, no ranting blog post or 'Apple stole our stuff', welcoming
people presents a much better image of the project."
   Or The Verge: "Granted, OSM took this as an opportunity to get in
the public eye by piggybacking on the iPad’s media fanfare; I applaud
them for their maturity in their statement though. Many companies
would’ve latched onto this and unleashed the lawyers threatening this
and that, but they chose to be civil, point out the missing
attributions, and say they are ‘we look forward to working with Apple
to get that on there.’ A little civility goes a long way (in my book).
I’m quite sick of the mudslinging in this space."

Thanks to everyone who's put the hours in today, to all the coders and
sysadmins who sweat blood to not only keep OSM running but make it
easier and faster... and to every single mapper making a map so
amazing that everyone _wants_ to use it.


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