[OSM-talk] OSM content policy (was Re: New tool in Potlatch 2 for areas that share a way)

Steve Bennett stevagewp at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 11:43:13 GMT 2011

On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer
<dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> who is "OSM" and how can they make "actual choices between different
> uses of the data"?

Good questions. My rough guess would be "the people who contribute
data to the OSM database" and "by having debates, developing policies,
and encouraging people to respect the policies".

Wikipedia went through this. It started out being more or less a
free-for-all, then worked out over time that accepting *everything*
was not in the broader interest. So now there are limits to
notability, pornographic images are out, fan universes are restricted
etc. They chose between different kinds of uses and decided that
serving the needs of education institutions was more important than,
say, serving the needs of Wheel of Time fans.


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