[OSM-talk] No Changeset Comments from iD

Toby Murray toby.murray at gmail.com
Thu Mar 6 21:36:29 UTC 2014

Here, let's have some numbers. As of the last changeset dump (Feb. 28th)

total changesets: 1,744,610
changesets with a comment: 745,774
43% comment rate

total changesets:  3,594,415
changesets with comment: 1,971,298
54% comment rate

total changesets: 10,289,418
changesets with comment: 96,28,498
93% comment rate

iD certainly gives you the opportunity to enter a comment but is probably
the least obvious about it. P2 pops up a dialog box asking for a message
but doesn't complain if you don't put one in. And of course JOSM gets
rather angry with you if you don't put in a sufficiently long comment.

What these numbers don't show is how many comments are useless repeated
"fixed problems" ones. JOSM auto-fills the comment with whatever you used
last time. And actually I believe iD does as well.

Interestingly, P2 would have had a 57% comment rate but over 88,000 of its
changesets have a comment tag that has a blank value. iD has 22,000 of
these as well. JOSM only has 81.


On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer
<dieterdreist at gmail.com>wrote:

> > Am 06/mar/2014 um 16:04 schrieb Tom Hughes <tom at compton.nu>:
> >
> > For the love of god, no.
> +1, the point of a changeset comment is to give information that is not
> contained in the changes itself (eg about the why, like "removed restaurant
> because it is closed" etc) while everything intrinsic is already there and
> there is no need to repeat it in natural language.
> cheers,
> Martin
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