[Talk-us] We have less than a week left to remap!
steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Thu Mar 22 08:14:50 GMT 2012
>I don't think this has been reposted to talk-us yet. According to the
>latest license change rebuild plan, the database will enter read-only
>mode on March 27th for the license rebuild:
It has been stated that it is a GOAL to "pull the plug" on April 1st.
The Sword of Damocles wielded by the Powers That Be in OSM are under
no hard-and-fast obligation to do so, they are just trying to reach a
If (as it is looking more and more to be true) that significant areas
will disappear from the map, making routing and other important uses
of these data seriously impaired, it is incumbent upon the Powers
That Be to "declare failure" at reaching the stated goals. Yes, this
is disappointing, but it is true. The only meaningful conclusion
that can be reached is to "give the OSM community more time" and push
back the April 1st (or March 27th) deadline. (One month? Three
Is this an eleventh hour request to do so? Well, yes! But every
word of the above is true.
The OSM community simply must have more time to complete these tasks.
It is as simple as that. Don't cripple an extremely useful and
becoming-more-mainstream and rather popular tool with arbitrary and
capricious dates on a calendar. Plan and assess, yes, that has
already happened, but now is the time to RE-assess, and reach the
solemn conclusion that flipping the switch on significant data in
barely a week is ill-advised at best, and will be a crippling body
blow to the project at worst. Perhaps one from which the project
will not fully recover.
Nobody asked me to say it, but I'm asking for three more months. We
can complete needed tasks by then.
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