[Talk-us] a plea to armchair mappers

Mike N niceman at att.net
Fri Jun 12 11:06:17 UTC 2015

On 6/12/2015 1:47 AM, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> If it turns out that this is not an accident but a systemic problem
> (e.g. due to the mapper employing some sort of TIGER<->OSM comparison
> and systematically re-adding stuff) then the mapper should be encouraged
> to be more diligent, or if that is not possible, the mapper should
> probably stop making these types of edits altogether.

  The value of the TIGER<>OSM comparison process greatly outweighs the 
risks of a few zombie roads reappearing.   I've been reviewing all of 
them now, but there are only a tiny number of road removals that would 
be incorrectly re-added.

   I'm not sure that contacting them would help in this case: what would 
tell them that something isn't right.   I've come within a gnats tooth 
of doing the same thing myself when fixing something in an unfamiliar 
area.    The question is: what would prompt them to even slow down and 
investigate?   The phantom object with README seems to be the best 
solution for now.

   Then there's the question of whether the TIGER<>OSM comparison should 
use only the TIGER delta from 2007-2014.   But that would miss roads 
that were accidentally deleted by newbie editors; something that happens 
from time to time.

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