[OSM-talk] Using Notes in France

SomeoneElse lists at mail.atownsend.org.uk
Wed Jul 30 19:50:11 UTC 2014

On 30/07/2014 15:08, colliar wrote:
> Am 30.07.2014 15:58, schrieb Glenn Plas:
>> ...
>> So he's asking if you know the names of the missing street.
> and closing the note.
> Therefor you need to have a login to reopen in order to be able to
> comment and it will disappear after one week.
> Not the best way to get an answer.

... which is exactly the problem here - closing notes in this way just 
seems downright rude.  I'm sure that it's done with the best of 
intentions, but put yourself in the shoes of the person who didn't have 
a login but took the time to contribute e.g. 
http://www.openstreetmap.org/note/208292 .  There's actually nothing on 
the page that a non-logged-in person sees that tells a user that if they 
create an account they'll be able to supply the name of the shop as 

Closing notes prematurely has another effect too - it stops other people 
who happen to be passing from contributing the information. For example, 
if I'm going walking on an evening anywhere I'll always do an Garmin 
extract of notes for the area first, so that if I happen to be going 
past somewhere that someone's asked about I may be able to answer the 
question (even if I wasn't the person who added the original note).

Obviously some notes are of the "we're all meeting at this place at 
10am" variety and add no value, so closing them does no harm, but most 
open notes (even perhaps "none of the streets here have names") are useful.



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