[OSM-talk] Foursquare and OSM Note Instructions

Peter Wendorff wendorff at uni-paderborn.de
Fri Mar 28 11:06:14 UTC 2014

Well, it's not errors only, but notes of course.
My argument goes into: it might be useful to add a note *about* an
error, too.
It's best to fix errors immediately, of course; but it's better to
document them for later to fix than to do nothing and forget about it.

Therefore notes are like an issue tracker, containing tasks to be done
(like resurvey at arrival of new imagery), bugs to fix (like "shop has
been closed; intersection is a roundabout now,...) and enhancements
(here the business X is missing).
Anything fits into notes as it would fit into an issue tracker; but like
in an issue tracker it's best t solve issues directly, which might even
make opening the issue in the tracker (opening the note in osm) obsolete
at all.

The Foursquare (and similar) case for trivial notes like "business
missing" "here is address X" is like a typo in a UI translation file of
a software: it is more easy to fix it than to file an issue - at least,
when you have an account already and know how to use the tools.

Our own todo list is perfect to add to the notes - but it requires to
write notes in a way that others can understand, because it's a PUBLIC
issue tracker. The same way I can add my personal tasks in a software
project to the global issue tracker I can do it with notes, too - it
must be clear what is to be done, and it should not be more work with an
issue tracker than it would be without.


Am 28.03.2014 10:03, schrieb Jóhannes Birgir Jensson:
> Perhaps it is because English is not my native language but I understand
> a Note to be a comment, whether about missing data or wrong data or in
> fact, as I've sometimes done, a note about imagery missing for a future
> imagery refresh.
> I mapped my hometown last summer and one part of it was missing good
> imagery, so I added a note there (a cluster of 3 newly built streets)
> which was something like "imagery missing - resurvey when updated" which
> I then resolved a few weeks back when I noticed the imagery had been
> updated for that part. Thus these notes form a sort of to-do list where
> the doing can't be done at this point in time.
> It is quite curious to name them Notes when they are then understood to
> be Errors. Or are they Notes?
> --Jói
> Þann 28.03.2014 08:32, JB reit:
>> Err, some thoughts after some heavy note-closing in France.
>> Le 28/03/2014 09:14, Peter Wendorff a écrit :
>>> Adding a note even as a personal note for adding it later is a valid
>>> action, if e.g. don't have the time to do more now or don't have an
>>> editor at hand - provided I'm going to resolve that myself later.
>>  Dos and don'ts section does not validate this in the wiki : « Don't
>> use it to put your personal notes here. ». Rather use personal stuff
>> like gpx files or whatever. Many personal notes just get forgotten
>> (where is this filtering tool showing _my_ notes? Ha, doesn't exist, I
>> forgot…)
>>> Adding a note that something is missing in some place is valid, if I
>>> know that there's something missing, but don't exactly know where it is
>>> (only very rough location, only know that there's one shop missing, but
>>> don't know any details yet,...). Here the note is a temporal thing to be
>>> replaced after an on-the-ground visit.
>>  Sure, but I've never seen an answer to a note asking for
>> re-surveying, excepted for the creator when asked for details. In my
>> opinion, just congesting the database.
>>  Don't want to go too fast, as I presenting some work done on notes
>> in France at SotM-FR next week-end, but forecast some additional info
>> on my diary page afterwards.
>>  JB.
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