[Talk-us] Spammy-sounding survey sent to my OSM inbox today.

Bryce Nesbitt bryce2 at obviously.com
Sun Jul 28 22:14:30 UTC 2013


On Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM, stevea <steveaOSM at softworkers.com> wrote:

> **
>
> I might be the nicest person you have ever met, I hope I am a good OSM
> mapper, and I am kind to children and animals.  However, I vehemently
> oppose OSM collecting any additional personally-identifiable data.  My
> birth year, employment status, gender and other such data are nobody's
> business but mine.
>

Any such collection should (as prior discussion has been headed)be provided
voluntarily with a privacy choice:

Birth year ______  [-] visible to public.
                           [-] shared in full, for qualified research
projects.
                           [*] shared in aggregate form only, for qualified
research projects.
Languages Spoken  [English-Fluent][German-Rudimentary]
I am willing to be contact up to once ever 6 months for research surveys [X]


Understanding who is mapping is a useful thing for a wide variety of
purposes.   OSM is a community of mappers: many will chose to share who
they are and their motivations for participating. We're mapping verifiable
objects and defined boundaries that exist in the world: this is not
wikileaks.

An opt-out should mostly keep the data clean: removing the incentive to
provide fake data (e.g. Birth year 1/1/1900, with apologies to anyone
actually born on that day
[1<http://www.theglobaledition.com/study-finds-all-internet-users-born-on-jan-1-1900/>]).
 The cost of collecting demographics is low.  The disruption to those
seeking anonymity is slight.

          -Bryce


[1] SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A recent analysis of unencrypted user data from
the nation’s top ten most visited websites by a subsidiary of Cisco Systems
has revealed the average age of internet users to be 112 with over 35% of
people having a birthday falling on January 1st 1900.
http://www.theglobaledition.com/study-finds-all-internet-users-born-on-jan-1-1900/
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