[Talk-us] Difficult USA mapper(s)
nelson at crynwr.com
Wed Oct 31 23:52:20 GMT 2012
Richard Weait writes:
> I would prefer to discuss this in general, and in the open.
Okay. In general, then, I have said that I believe the proper way to
edit is to not disturb anything that anybody else does. That should
be rule #1, yet DUM (Difficult USA Mapper) seems to feel that e
can change other people's tags any way e wants without consulting with
So, as a generalized example of a specific instance that I have in
mind, I added some tags to some ways which reflected data that anybody
could verify from multiple sources with a little bit of research. I
didn't put a source= tag because the source was from USGS topo data --
unquestionably public domain, backed up positionally with USGS ortho
photos. Sometimes the data came from research, other times from site
visits. A reasonably safe, uncontroversial edit.
DUM felt it necessary to change the key of the tag to a different key,
thus violating rule #1 by *changing* rather than *adding* a new tag
with e's new key and the value I put into the tag. To make matters
worse, this key is one that e invented and seems to be the sole user
DUM has made this change to hundreds of ways that I know of, and
probably thousands or more across the country, and without any
consultation with others as far as I can find. That would be okay
except that e violated rule #1, the Prime Directive.
By the way, I am not one of the complaintants, but I will be happy to
enter a complaint about this specific edit, which has detracted from
the value of the map for me (at least, and I speculate others).
 I add to that: document how you tagged, don't change documentation
written by someone else, and then tag according to the documentation.
 Hey, I didn't make the name up!
 Neutral gender. Hey, it *could* be wonderchook, you never know.
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