[OSM-talk] iD news: v2.4.0 released

Bryan Housel bryan at 7thposition.com
Sat Aug 26 13:25:54 UTC 2017

On Hashtags:
There was a email thread a while back that discussed this practice of filling the comment up with hashtags about mapping events.  A lot of people don’t like this, and would prefer to encourage mappers (especially newbies) to write good comments, and store information about the mapping event in a different changeset tag.  

Mikel Maron and others captured the mail thread and also some actionable ideas on an issue for the OSM tasking manager:
https://github.com/hotosm/osm-tasking-manager2/issues/703 <https://github.com/hotosm/osm-tasking-manager2/issues/703>

That link above also has a demo of how the new hashtag field works, and links to other related issues.  I realize that not everyone is going to switch over to using a new field right away, so iD still supports having hashtags in comments, and will extract them into the new field automatically.

On changesets_count:
It does display the same number as is displayed on a user’s homepage, but that number is 0 before they have made any edits.  It is a count of “how many edits has the user made before this one that they are saving right now”.  

And yes the number is not completely accurate, because people could just do things like open multiple browsers and try to save several edits at the same time.  But It’s good enough for rough analysis of how experienced a mapper was at the time when they made a particular edit.  It can help changeset analysis tools like OSMCha, or bots that watch for vandalism, or even just as a useful signal when looking at a changeset to see what a user did or when responding with a comment.  (Be nice to new users!)


> On Aug 26, 2017, at 6:07 AM, Dave F <davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com> wrote:
> Hi
> What are the hashtags used for?
> Surely changesets_count should start at 1, the same as displayed on a users homepage?
> DaveF
> On 26/08/2017 06:47, Bryan Housel wrote:
>> iD v2.4.0 was released August 25, 2017 and is now available for editing on openstreetmap.org <http://openstreetmap.org/>
>> 📣  A few highlights from the release:
>> NEW Esri World Imagery layer:
>> Esri has made their World Imagery Service available for OSM use! 
>> Read more here:  https://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2017/08/24/world-imagery-in-osm/ <https://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2017/08/24/world-imagery-in-osm/>
>> NEW fields on the save screen:
>>    • Added a checkbox for mappers to request for someone to review their edits.
>>    • Added a Source field to allow users to add multiple sources.
>>    • Added a Hashtags field to allow users to add multiple event hashtags.
>>  - Hashtags can also be set via the API from a Task Manager or Q/A app.  
>>  - Hashtags are automatically extracted from the `comment` field.
>> NEW changeset tags for improved changeset analysis
>>    • `review_requested=yes`  (“yes” if the user has checked the box)
>>    • `source=*`  (semicolon delimited, e.g. “survey;gps")
>>    • `hashtags=*`  (semicolon delimited, e.g. “#MissingMaps;#Tanzania”)
>>    • `changesets_count=*`  (number of edits the user has made, will be “0” for someone making their first edit)
>>   Walkthrough tags, will be set only if a user has made <100 edits:
>>    • `ideditor:walkthrough_started=yes`  (“yes” if the user started the walkthrough)
>>    • `ideditor:walkthrough_progress=*`  (semicolon delimited, e.g. "welcome;navigation;point;area”)
>>    • `ideditor:walkthrough_started=yes`  (“yes” if the user completed all walkthrough sections)
>> Performance:
>>    • iD can now schedule deferred work in modern browsers with requestIdleCallback, (contributed by Kushan Joshi).  
>> This means big speedups in parsing, loading data from OSM, and rendering.
>> Presets:
>>    • Added presets for many theme park attractions (contributed by Willie Marcel)
>>    • Added preset for `amenity=shower` (contributed by JamesKingdom)
>>    • Added preset `emergency=life_ring` (contributed by JamesKingdom)
>>    • Added presets and icons for railway mapping Buffer Stop, Derailer, Milestone, Signal, Switch, Train Wash (contributed by JamesKingdom)
>> ...and more!
>> Changelog:
>>    https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md#240 <https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md#240>
>> Twitter:
>>    v2.4.0 + new save screen:  https://twitter.com/bhousel/status/901280750540132352 <https://twitter.com/bhousel/status/901280750540132352>
>>    Esri World Imagery announcement: https://twitter.com/geogangster/status/901194478622433280 <https://twitter.com/geogangster/status/901194478622433280>
>> Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/bhousel <https://twitter.com/bhousel> for more iD news and sneak peaks.
>> Thanks! 🙇
>> Bryan
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