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

Steve Bennett stevagewp at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 09:33:31 BST 2011

On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 5:41 PM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:
> This is however orthogonal to the changeset-based messaging that I have
> suggested. If I want to say something about a specific changeset, it should
> be possible to attach my comment to that changeset instead of having to make
> a general localised note for the area in question, saying "I don't think
> changeset #12345 was a good idea...".

Commenting on changesets would be good, but it also needs to be easier
to find those changesets, and link that up with other accumulated
local knowledge. I can't really picture how such an interface would
work, but the idea would to be easily see "what's been going on" in
the area you're looking at, participate in conversations about stuff
(individual objects, imagery, changesets...)

> I think it all depends on what you think a "-1" means.

The experience on Wikipedia is that reverting a changeset is a pretty
offensive action to take, requiring great care. If "-1" is a vote for
reversion, then presumably equal care ought to be exercised. And IMHO
a better option is to discuss the change, rather than to simply vote
it down. "Hey, are you sure about tagging these as tracks, they look
like walking paths to me?" builds community better than "-1".

> Problem is that there are many things that I see and I find fishy where I
> don't have the resources or the patience for extensive research. Currently,
> in these cases I do exactly nothing, which means that the information "1
> person found this fishy" is lost. That information in itself does not have a
> value. But if there was a sufficient number of other people who were of the
> same opinion then maybe someone should/would investigate.

Ok, so maybe "-1" is the wrong naming. "Query" or "flag for review"
might be better.


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