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

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Tue Feb 23 23:27:26 GMT 2010


    it would be easier for me if you could fragment your ideas more and 
then propose them in digestible 20-line blocks or so. And then 
distribute this over a few weeks instead of creating a flurry every half 
year. Do you have an uservoice page where I could submit that idea and 
let others vote on it?

> If we want to just keep the tools
> hard to use and subject people to PL1 and trac, then that's a
> legitimate point of view.

Good, because that's about my view. But it should be PL/I for best effect.

No honestly. In spite of our non-usability we are growing so fast that 
all our power for innovation is already tied up trying to keep things 
going. You may not notice that from whatever lofty place you are in but 
behind the doors there is a lot going on. We literally cannot go any 
faster, and it beats my why you seem hell-bent to glue an afterburner to 
a ship which is already challenged to stay afloat. You make it sound 
like we're stagnating but where the hell did you get that idea from?

Maybe I'm suffering from the "German viewpoint" here but there's not a 
day where people do not call for (and get) some new editor feature or 
introduce new (and quite complex) tagging ideas or specialist maps and 
all that.

I think everything is going all right; we're very busy accommodating all 
those people who come aboard and their new ideas and stuff, and I am 
pretty sure there will be a time of consolidation when things become a 
bit quieter and we can then devote more of our resources to dealing with 
people who until then found OSM too complicated or whatever.

But really, whatever issues I might have with OSM - lack of participants 
is not one of them at this time.


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