[OSM-talk] Serious consideration of "Newbie Editor"

Graham Jones grahamjones139 at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 25 20:47:18 GMT 2010

I are with keeping the scope very limited - if we start to add too many
features you will get Potlatch, which would defeat the  object of a very
simple, easy to use editor for people that do not understand much about the
underlying data structure.

I think that Adding POIs and changing labels of existing entities should be
enough for most casual users (so people can change the spelling of their
street, add a bank etc.).

We could then have a nice banner on the bottom of the screen pointing to the
descriptions of the other editors that would allow you to add or change


On 25 February 2010 20:29, Roy Wallace <waldo000000 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 7:42 PM, Liz <edodd at billiau.net> wrote:
> >
> > I would suggest that Potlatch is left alone for its devotees.
> >
> > I'd start with the following in the design brief for the "Newbie Editor"
> > Can add nodes, label them with default tags only (other than name).
> > Can add ways, again default tag list only, other than name.
> > Very limited deletion ability (no clear idea yet on how to define this).
> I suspect starting at even this level of complexity would cause
> feature creep towards Potlatch, anyway...In particular, being able to
> add/edit ways requires handling many complex concepts (as others have
> brought up), like joining ways, way direction, overlapping ways, etc.
> How about an even bigger step back? If starting a new editor from
> scratch is to be worthwhile, surely it should be a LOT more basic than
> all other existing editors. i.e. how about only these features:
> 1) Add POI
> User specifies:
>  a) where it is
>  b) what it is (choose from a single list of options)
>  c) the name
> 2) Edit Name
>  e.g. add or fix the name of an existing road - this should help a
> lot with noname roads
> Secondly: can we please decide on the scope of before we talk about
> the details of the implementation (flash/javascript/etc)?
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Dr. Graham Jones
Hartlepool, UK
email: grahamjones139 at gmail.com
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