[OSM-talk] Edit war on the wiki "map features"

Gervase Markham gerv-gmane at gerv.net
Mon Dec 1 17:09:49 GMT 2008

Frederik Ramm wrote:
> Gervase Markham wrote:
>>> Most of all since we're growing exponentially and even if we had 90% of 
>>> mappers agree on something today, in two or three months those 90% would 
>>> perhaps only form 30% of the community...
>> This is actually an argument _for_ Map_Features and some sort of
>> meritocracy, not against.
> It was intended as an argument *against* binding votes. Anything that is 
> carried by a (even vast!) majority today might be a minority opinion a 
> few months later.

But all of those new people generally have far less mapping, OSM and
tagging experience than the older people. Which means that if you don't
have some sort of binding (or at least, highly recommended) set of tags
created by those with more experience, different people will make the
same newbie mistakes over and over again when it comes to thinking up tags.

Lots of other projects (e.g. Wikipedia) have a regular flux of
newcomers. They don't seem to think that this stops them making policy,
or having experienced people making decisions about style or the way of
doing things and then having them enforced. The pseudo-egalitarianism of
"the opinion of everyone who is involved has equal weight" is a recipe
for either deadlock or anarchy. No project - commercial or volunteer,
large or small - runs itself that way.


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