[Talk-us] Tiger Zip Data Removal Project (Update)

m at rtijn.org m at rtijn.org
Thu Jul 13 05:15:29 UTC 2017

Hi Hans,

I sincerely hope you’ll reconsider because I know that you have a lot of positive energy to bring to the US community.

I think what you might take away from this is that a single thread on the mailing list is not always enough to gauge the temperature of the community. There are many mappers who are not on the mailing list at all or, like me, are on it but pay only occasional attention to it.  Once you start to get negative feedback on edits, I think it is a signal to pause and rethink, and perhaps spend some more time discussing. Not necessarily to give up! Criticism and negativity are cheap commodities on the internet, and OSM is no exception. 

I think there is value in your idea to remove redundant TIGER tags but perhaps a different approach is called for. Frederik had some good advice to share in that regard. Perhaps a more gentle way to go about it is to discuss extending the set of tags that are automatically removed when editing a TIGER way in JOSM (and iD?).


> On Jul 8, 2017, at 2:37 PM, Hans De Kryger <hans.dekryger13 at gmail.com> wrote:
> So last month i started a discussion about a project i took on removing Tiger zip data across the U.S. I brought it to the community after i received concern from quite a few mappers in the U.S. After getting more unfriendly changeset comments and messages in my inbox i'm officially done.  The Project is done for good. Not really wanting to get in an argument daily with the messages I've gotten in my mailbox. I've learned first hand just how unfriendly the osm community can be. It makes me quite sad to see that side of the it. I've been apart of osm for 4+ years and this type of response from the community makes me never want to contribute ever again.
> Regards,
> Hans
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