[OSM-talk] Thoughts on OSM design, and looking forward and back

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Tue Feb 23 22:23:02 GMT 2010

Thanks Dermot, you put it better than I did.

On Feb 23, 2010, at 2:05 PM, Dermot McNally wrote:

> On 23 February 2010 20:17, SteveC <steve at asklater.com> wrote:
> An excellent and though-provoking post. It's rare to read something of
> that length on such touchy subjects and agree with so much of the
> content.
> If I had to pick a single most important theme as the central one,
> it's the whole area of turning people away from the project before
> they even begin and how that's a really bad thing. For a long time OSM
> was so far away from being ready for mass appeal that it didn't really
> matter if normal people stayed away. We don't have that luxury any
> more.
> Our public face has to show us up at our best against the competition,
> because the public doesn't know or care how clever it is under the
> hood. But they do know what they can do with Google Maps and similar,
> and we need to make those features an obvious and easy part of our own
> front page, starting with mashable maps for the ordinary user.
> And yes, I'm prepared to work on it.
> Dermot
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