[OSM-talk] OSM relation ID property in Wikidata

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Fri May 3 20:58:19 UTC 2013


On 03.05.2013 22:12, Eugene Alvin Villar wrote:
> The consensus was that--at least for place relations which are the
> target of the said property--OSM relation IDs are stable enough and any
> changes in IDs can be easily rectified. Wikidata is a wiki after all.

I am less concerned about the Wikidata side - if they make a bad 
judgement then it is their mess to clean up. I am however concerned that 
if more people simply assume that the status quo is there to stay ("IDs 
are stable enough"), this will put pressure on *us* and limit our 
flexibility in the future.

I fear that some day soon we'll have a good idea about re-organising our 
admin bounds that involves large-scale changes, and then people come to 
us and say "ah, that's unfortunate because we at [insert some other 
project or product or company] had assumed that relation IDs are 
relatively stable...".

As soon as everyone who uses our relation IDs as external pointers signs 
a document that says "I know I am doing something that could potentially 
backfire and if it does I swear that I will not try to exert pressure on 
OSM but instead tell my own users that it is entirely my fault for being 
short-sighted and that I had been warned", then I guess that's fine ;)


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