[Talk-us] Fwd: [OSM-dev] Licence redaction ready to begin

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemed.net
Wed Jul 11 16:21:05 BST 2012

Kevin Kenny wrote:
> We seem to have come around to seeking perfection rather 
> than improvement - which is death to crowdsourcing. The 
> culture of OSM seems to be veering from "bad data 
> happens, and when it does, other mappers fix it," to "we 
> have to protect the map from the mappers."
> The data checks in JOSM and Potlatch2 are fine in that they 
> all indeed highlight potential problems.

Potlatch 2 doesn't actually have a validator of any sort, for the simple
reason that I entirely agree with you.

As long as your edit improves the map, that's all anyone can ask. If I cycle
through a village and don't stop to map it, who cares? I've added the
through-road and maybe a couple of other bits: they weren't there before.
OSM tends towards completeness.

(FWIW P2 might one day get a friendly advisory palette, but certainly not
the prescriptive approach that certain validation tools take.)

Ignore those who just carp. There are a few who like using the lists to
criticise, but contribute precious little of individual worth. Given my vast
total of mailing list postings over the past n years I should probably shut
up here. :)


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