[OSM-talk] Abandoned Rails

Greg Troxel gdt at ir.bbn.com
Fri Aug 21 22:26:45 UTC 2015

Gregory Arenius <gregory at arenius.com> writes:

> The OSM community is what OSM is even more than it is a map.  People that
> are passionate about railways are a part of that community and they do
> contribute a lot, especially in the US where we don't have as many
> mappers.  They pour lots of time and love and passion into their efforts.
> I don't think a policy of deleting that work just because what they're
> mapping isn't immediately visible on the ground is a good way of building
> and strengthening our community.  In fact, as it is easy to see in this
> thread, its actively doing the opposite.  And community is what makes OSM.
> I'd therefor like to propose that abandoned railways be treated like
> borders.  Even if you can't see it along a given stretch there are people
> who can and they have put a huge amount of effort into that work.  Lets
> respect that and strengthen the community rather than deleting it and doing
> the opposite.

Well said.   I agree that community is being harmed by the deletionist
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