[OSM-talk] No Changeset Comments from iD

Stephan Knauss osm at stephans-server.de
Thu Mar 6 17:06:56 UTC 2014

Richard Z. writes:

> would it be technically doable that the JOSM and ID would automatically generate
> a short summary of the changes, something like 3 highway edited, 10000 waterways
> deleted, 50 tag only changes would become
>   "3he,1000wd,50t"
> after which the user could provide a more generic additional comment.

a comment link this is as useful as a source code comment like:

// initialize variable a
int a=0;

So no: it's not useful at all. The change-set already contains the  
information that elements had been edited, created, deleted.

The question is often: Why?

It's no use to see that all nodes of a road had been shifted by 20 meters  
to the west.
Other mappers ask themselves "why". Was it a mistake?
The important information would be "moved road according to high accuracy  
imagery". If the comment reads "added speed limit", the next editor could  
send a message and ask whether the move was actually intentional.

That specific example might no longer work as editors provide warnings to  
prevent from common accidental changes, but I'm sure you can come up with a  
still valid example.


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