[OSM-talk] The Proposed Great Colour Shift

Daniel Koć daniel at xn--ko-wla.pl
Sat Aug 22 11:02:47 UTC 2015

W dniu 22.08.2015 12:23, Lester Caine napisał(a):

> The main problem here is that OSM is used by a large part of the UK web
> services, and any change needs to be managed in such a manor that those
> services are not too badly affected. We do not have a list of every 
> site
> actually using OSM over google, and the vast majority of users will not
> be following this list, so some other notification process needs
> adopting ... and an alternative source needs to be in place for those
> users ...

If we take a look from 10,000 feet, this is just a specific 
manifestation of a more general problem: up to this moment OSM is 
developing mostly by adding elements (more users, more data, more tags, 
more visual features, wider ecosystem etc.) and has no procedures for 
dealing with more systematic changes.

It's the same when debating any tagging shift or introducing new tagging 
scheme - there are no established channels of communication with the 
whole ecosystem, nor even inside the project!

In my opinion this lack of tools for managing any bigger changes (which 
in turn might be also lack of leadership, I guess) is the main factor 
behind the project being so constricted: it travels very fast, but only 
in one direction, because any try of steering shows so many hidden 
strings attached, that it causes a lot of friction and looks like 
mission impossible.

"The train is always on time / The trick is to be ready to put your bags 
down" [A. Cohen]

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