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

Tobias Knerr osm at tobias-knerr.de
Thu Feb 25 22:40:22 GMT 2010

silversurfer wrote:
> There is a similar concept on http://ae.osmsurround.org/. It is called OSM  
> Amenity Editor.

In order to be a truly easy editor it would need fixed and localized
data entry masks instead of text fields. Imo, we cannot expect newbies
to look up and edit raw key/value strings. Couldn't the Amenity Editor
share presets with JOSM? That would instantly make a large number
maintained and translated templates available.

Problems that could lead to calls for banning it include:
* you can move nodes on ways if they have tags. If someone moves the
marker for e.g. a road sign along a street - which looks perfectly
sensible in AE -, it will probably distort the way (haven't tested).
* it doesn't display markers for features mapped as areas. This would
inevitably lead to a lot of duplicate entries.

Nothing that couldn't be fixed, though. It clearly demonstrates that
simpler-than-Potlatch editing is possible.

Tobias Knerr

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