[OSM-talk] Commenting and thumbs up/down feature for changesets

M∡rtin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 12:15:45 BST 2011

2011/7/13 Dave F. <davefox at madasafish.com>:
> On 11/07/2011 22:42, Frederik Ramm wrote:
>>   I just stumbled across a changeset where someone helpfully added a
>> "toilet:access=customers" to 1350 pubs in the Greeater London area (thereby
>> adding no information but freshening the time stamp of the objects, giving
>> the cursory visitor the impression that the pub might actually have been
>> resurveyed which it very likely hasn't).

> This is a perfectly acceptable addition which does add information - that
> it's not a public toilet. You can't just walk in of the street to spend a
> penny.

Unless this person has surveyed the 1350 pubs he doesn't add any
information, because you can already see from the data that the toilet
is inside a pub. There might be pubs which consent general use (not
very probable, but in 1350 pubs this might be possible) in which case
the edit not only was pointless but actually added wrong information.

> Why is it a problem getting time-stamped? If it doesn't, how would anybody
> know it's been edited & able to verify it?

the timestamp suggests that someone verified the existence of the pub,
but in the case of this edit you can absolutely not tell whether that
pub existed at the time the edit was performed, as all pubs were
tagged (e.g. a pub which was closed 2 years ago still seems to be open
as of 2011).


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