[OSM-talk] Making iD the default editor on osm.org - some numbers
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Tue Aug 20 11:36:33 UTC 2013
Frederik Ramm wrote:
> it has been proposed to make the newly released iD v1.1 the
> default editor on openstreetmap.org, meaning that if someone doesn't
> explicitly chose an editor they will open iD instead of Potlatch.
In an attempt to put some numbers to to the "errors made by new mappers"
debate, I've done a count-back of new users and editors that they use
for they area that I keep an eye on in the UK (England and bits of
Wales, not including bits that I'm unfamiliar with such as London and
During the last month in this area:
P2 iD JOSM Other (Wheelmap / Go Map! / POI+)
Made no newbie errors 34 17 3 3
Made at least one newbie error 40 16 1 3
Made more serious errors 5 0 1 0
Where I've noticed that a mapper used both iD and P2 I've counted them
in both columns.
"Newbie errors" on Potlatch include things like nodes duplicating ways,
and unjoined ways.
"Newbie errors" on iD include things like unexpected deletions and
changing "thing X" to be "thing y"when "thing x" still exists.
"More serious errors" are things like doodles (including people trying
to draw bike routes using MQ's Potlatch), misinterpreting imagery to
draw roads that don't exist / add roads that aren't there and one of the
perennial "delete things to make printed map nicer". People who have
chosen iD or JOSM have chosen a different editor to the default - I
suspect that the doodlers aren't making errors because they're using
Potlatch; they're doing it because they don't know what OSM _is_.
They're the easiest errors to fix, though.
FWIW I've not noticed a greater proportion of messed up relations with
either P2 or iD. The area that I'm looking at has less of those than
e.g. central London, though. This period largely predates relations in
the iD UI.
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