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

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Sat Mar 21 02:43:02 UTC 2020


Paul,
I hope you have good luck recovering from having your truck stolen. (A
number of years ago, a neighbor had his van stolen in Seattle. It was
recovered in Portland not only in good shape, but with new leather seats -
which is certainly the exception.)

Obviously your job is very important, not only to you, but to the people
your hospital serves. Keep up the good work in these difficult times.

I just got back from a trip so I haven't had time to look at recent Amazon
edits that are now using RapidID. So far, I've had the good fortune with
good edits from their team. They have been responsive to my comments when
they do make mistakes. (Which is rare.)

Best,
Clifford



On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 4:07 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
> <https://social.tulsa.ok.us/@BalooUriza/103855930214022255>, 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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