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

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Mon Apr 22 16:46:58 UTC 2019

Was this new/improvement additions or bug/maintenance fix?


On 22/04/2019 11:37, Simon Poole wrote:
> 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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