[OSM-talk] Wiki: chriscf vandalism

Andy Deakin andy.deakin at pcmend.net
Sat Jan 31 12:38:33 GMT 2009

Hi Guys,

I would love to start mapping, and have used both both the JOSM editor 
and Potlatch a small amount, and found the tags the most complicated 
feature. I can cope with nodes, open & closed ways etc no problem, but 
understanding the difference between all the tags and using the right 
tags in the right place requires either remembering all the tags, or 
looking them up each time.

I find this hard, and having some central place I can go to see all the 
different tags is essential. (Although I think that the Map_Features 
page would benefit from being split up a bit, it is huge!)

Anyway, back to the topic.
29 votes on a feature is pretty poor, when the stats on OSM state that 
there are 88994 users. How do we engage people like me? I would like to 
but have never voted on anything on OSM. It is no wonder 'hard-core' 
osmers ignore the results of a vote consisting of 0.03% of the community.

Is there (or could there be) a weekly or monthly newsletter informing of 
changes that week/month and proposing any new tags?
This talk mailing list gets far too many emails to expect everyone to 
monitor, but a monthly mailshot with bare bones of what is happening 
(current stats, perhaps special thanks to major contributors that month 
etc) together with proposed tags, closing dates, bullet points arguments 
for and against each tag, with links to more details etc would help to 
keep me informed anyway.

Finally, people who use the tags are more likely to have a better 
understanding of how the should be used, and so perhaps should have a 
greater say in matters. How about multiplying their vote by their 
contribution in the last year? If someone wants a dictatorship, you 
better get mapping!

My 2 cents.


Sven Rautenberg wrote:
> Richard Fairhurst schrieb:
>> With smoothness that's gone out of the window. As far as I'm  
>> concerned, with the approval of smoothness=very_horrible (come  
>> _on_!), all bets are off. The voting system has just voted itself  
>> into irrelevance.
> I take it that you oppose this tag. Why haven't you said so in the
> voting section until now?
> :)
> Regards,
> Sven
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