[Talk-us] Deleting / Closing / Renaming all places in a chain

Brian Stromberg brian.stromberg at gmail.com
Wed Sep 7 18:38:07 UTC 2016

Thank you! I am trying to get more engaged with some aspects of OSM and
this list has been very interesting to read.

I agree with Elliott that it is wrong-headed to leave mislabeled POIs in
place in order to encourage participation. My point was only that applying
an automated process nationwide without any consideration for on-the-ground
verification seems likely to make a less accurate map. I'm fairly new to
the scene, so maybe there is a policy in place that deals with automated
batch relabeling/deleting that I'm not aware of? If not, then this might be
a good opportunity to start that discussion.


On Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 2:19 PM, Mike N <niceman at att.net> wrote:

> On 9/7/2016 10:13 AM, Brian Stromberg wrote:
>> Automated nationwide mapping seems like it would introduce more problems
>> than it would solve. If maps are intended to represent the truth on the
>> ground, then the only way to create a useful map is by reporting what is
>> actually there rather than making assumptions. A map that is inaccurate
>> because it is outdated is better than a map that is inaccurate because
>> of a flawed process.
>   Welcome to the list!   I've been surprised by both what OSM data is
> applied to, as well as what it is not.  Where it was used, having the
> maximum amount of current information made it the most useful.
> You are correct that using a flawed process will lead to inaccurate
> results - there was the famous worldwide edit "Fix and unify all
> MacDonald's restaurant names" which led to wrong results.   The ITT closing
> case is both small enough and well defined that I expect a very high
> quality result.
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