[OSM-talk] Deleting data

Lester Caine lester at lsces.co.uk
Sat Oct 19 07:41:34 UTC 2013

Russ Nelson wrote:
> We need to make sure that the Wikipedia deletionism doesn't take hold
> within OSM. Because, if I have to spend time defending the data I've
> already entered, that will take away from my effort to enter new
> data.
And a lot of wikipedia articles still have pointless complaints attached about 
threats to delete material where THEY are the best authority for storing the 
original data. OSM is a similar 'unique' archive of material!

 > In case you think I'm blowing smoke out my butt (who the hell
> blows smoke out their butt??), I've entered about 90% of the lakes in
> NY that are there, and about 50% of the rivers and streams that I have
> looked for (so far). I've aligned the TIGER data in about 7
> counties. It's a huge amount of work that nobody else is doing, and it
> would be a shame if I had to stop people from deleting what I've
> already done.
> I stand firm against deletionism!
There should not be a 'delete' mechanism at all, only one which can amend or 
archive so that we can SEE the historic development of the information! This is 
as valuable as the CURRENT view ...

Lester Caine - G8HFL
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