[Talk-us] Taking a break and a call for help

Mike Thompson miketho16 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 21 00:36:19 UTC 2020


Thanks for all of your contributions to OSM over the years!

I am sorry to hear about your truck.  I hope the police are able to
recover it in good condition.

I appreciate the support you, and others in your line of work, are
providing to keep our medical system running during this crucial time.


On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 5:09 PM Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:
> So, you all know at this point that I've been heavily invested in editing OSM and contributing to my maximum activity, less as a need to help a charity and more of an obligation to the public to do the most good with the short time I have on this planet.  However, I've had a few events come up that are more or less killing my ability to keep up.
> I'm taking a step back from being the primary editor in the Oklahoma region until this passes.
> 3) Amazon Logistics and a revolving door team of one-edit-and-done spam accounts keeps throwing paid contributions into Oklahoma that are of poorly aligned, largely fictional and low quality.  I'm stuck cleaning up in a neglected part of North America some particularly low quality edits with limited resources and little ability to find more.  I hope other contributors can help keep abreast and I hope OSM Foundation can help keep paid contributors to account.  I don't think it's unreasonable to think that paid mapper should be contributing far higher quality data than your average volunteer first time mapper, and I think OSM needs to have a serious conversation about minimum qualifications for paid mapping that I simply don't have the time or energy for at this point.  Dealing with this (and staying abreast extensive OkTrans highway modernization efforts lately) have been a major part of my editing (and while OkTrans is unavoidable, Amazon is inexcusable).
> 2) My truck was stolen last night, along with the dashcams I use for Mapillary, essentially making long range surveying impossible and imperiling my survival since, if for nothing else, I need to hit Costco for restocking my pantry and storeroom.  As such, I had to call off work and spent most of the day today dealing with the police today.
> 1) I work in the IT department of a major regional hospital on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in the US.  My vacation at the end of next month, and my weekends for the next two months, have been cancelled, and I'm expected to work 8+ hours a day, 7 days a week to help keep things up and running so the medical staff don't have to think about the computers.
> I really hope OSMF and the DWG takes a good, hard and critical look at dealing with the low quality edits from Amazon and spammers while I deal with acquiring another (or, best case, my stolen) pickup and dealing with my professional life.
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