[OSM-talk] We're erasing our history in wiki

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Mon Apr 22 10:37:19 UTC 2019


The last functional addition to the editing API was just over a year
ago, in March 2018.

Implying for rhetorical purposes that "nothing has changed" is rather
disingenuous.

Simon

Am 22.04.2019 um 11:59 schrieb Ilya Zverev:
> This attitude: “to do well we would need people responsible and there isn’t any; you can do your thing without OSM infrastructure so why bother; nobody died, stop your hype and comply” — is why we’re still with API 0.6 ten years after it was introduced.
>
> Ilya
>
>> On 22 Apr 2019, at 09:35, Jochen Topf <jochen at remote.org> wrote:
>>
>> On Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 12:03:40AM +0300, Ilya Zverev wrote:
>>> In my research of API 0.6 (which turned ten years old yesterday) I've
>>> stumbled on this page:
>>>
>>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/API_v0.6/Crowd_sourced_Testing
>>>
>>> It was deleted 7 years ago. And this is a disaster. The page was an
>>> important milestone in our history: authors, dates, items on it could bring
>>> some more information on how our current API was rolled out. Nothing is
>>> left.
>> It was deleted an yet you have found it. So not a huge desaster after
>> all.
>>
>>> Please, could we have a deletion policy in our wiki that clearly states "No
>>> obsolete pages here", forbidding deletion of anything except spam or
>>> otherwise harmful pages? Deleting our history is plain vandalism, no better
>>> than physically destroying pieces of human history displayed in museums.
>> Isn't that a bit of hype here...
>>
>>> It's not like we're pressed for disk space there.
>> No, we aren't. But we are pressed for time and human attention. Of we
>> had curators who keep important things organized and findable we could
>> keep things forever. But as it is, all the obsolete crap keeps us from
>> finding and working with what we need now.
>>
>>> Thank internet gods for the Internet Archive,
>> Not the gods but some good people who had a good idea. Let them do their
>> job and keep the history and lets do our job and keep the momentum in
>> the project instead of spending our time looking back.
>>
>> Jochen
>> -- 
>> Jochen Topf  jochen at remote.org  https://www.jochentopf.com/  +49-351-31778688
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