[OSM-talk] Purpose of the slippy map (wasUpcoming openstreetmap-carto changes)

yvecai yvecai at gmail.com
Fri Jul 25 19:16:00 UTC 2014

I think it will be time-concuming to find a particular topic about this 
subject. However, I have the feeling that Tom's claim about what is the 
slippy map being for mappers more than for users is deeply anchored in 
the community.
I think others can back up this.

IMO, the fact that the map isn't considered particularly 'nice' or is 
looking a bit 'special' for everyday purpose is probably the best 
argument. Another one can be the presence of Mapquest Open tiles on the 
front page too.

That being said, I would be pleased to see the current slippy map style 
evolve in parallel as an *alternate*, general-purpose map style like 
Gmap or Mapquest Open community-driven like openstreetmap-carto these days.


On 25.07.2014 19:13, Matthijs Melissen wrote:
> Hi Tom,
> On 25 July 2014 15:26, Tom Hughes <tom at compton.nu> wrote:
>> Traditionally we have always said that out web site is aimed at supporting
>> mappers and not at providing end user services like helping people navigate
>> - we provide the data to let other people build services like that.
> I have been looking before at history of the mailing lists etc. to see
> if I could find back discussions about the  'purpose of the main map',
> but I couldn't find anything. I would be very interested to read what
> has been discussed in the past about this topic, and which arguments
> were given. Do you remember where this has been discussed? Even a
> rough year, or whether it was the forum/mailing list/irc, would help
> already. Hopefully you can help.
> -- Matthijs

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