[OSM-talk] Beware Pokemon users

Rod Bera rod at goarem.org
Tue Dec 27 23:50:58 UTC 2016

Hi Andy,

just to make myself understood:

improving the db by adding relevant features and tags is a good thing
for everyone, even though those doing so (literally everyone) do it in
places they chose with tags they're interested in.
To me this is working for the community. This does not degrade the
overall quality and accuracy of the OSM base. Rather the opposite. This
is exactly what OSM is about. The fact that the improvement is local and
thematic is unavoidable.

But this is a different story if my edits don't conform to ground truth.
It also has a name when done on purpose: vandalism.

Users who deliberately put incorrect or fictional stuff into OSM are
working for their benefits (catching more Pokemons), and their edits are
detrimental to the community.



On 27/12/16 11:31, Andy Townsend wrote:
> Just to pick up one point from this...
> On 26/12/16 11:36, Rod Bera wrote:
>> Systematic bias put into the OSM base towards maximising benefits for a
>> minority of users is a threat.
>> Especially when the primary interest of these users is not OSM in itself.
> Sounds like I'm bang to rights there!  Most of what I add to OSM
> (footpaths, trees, whether a local pub has a stone floor and a real fire
> etc.) could be exactly described as "maximising benefits for a minority
> of users".  Worse, the local OSMers all seem to be doing the same thing
> - shops, house numbers, a borderline obsession with tunnels, but
> everyone has different ideas of what to do, so that somehow a wide range
> of things are covered.
> Cheers,
> Andy
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