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

Ilya Zverev ilya at zverev.info
Tue Apr 23 08:47:57 UTC 2019

Mateusz Konieczny wrote:

> Please note that by using "vandalism" you claim that this action was malicious.
> Unless you have really, really good reason to claim that whoever did it was deliberately
> doing this to damage OSM the please avoid such claims.
Well, if you don’t intend your action as malicious, that doesn’t always mean it isn’t.

I am sorry for using strong words, but please understand me. I was digging way back into OpenStreetMap project history to get a complete picture of some event. And then I find out some pages removed completely — with no way for me to restore them using website functionality. Yes, there is a Wayback Machine, but you should not have to use it on a wiki, which is made to store the entire edit history. This disappearance of historic pages, along with active wiki-editors that are happy to place the {{d}} template on any page they don’t like (I’ve seen these and removed some of the templates), prompted me to write a post here.

I’d like you to share the view that only only the recent tagging and recent data in OSM are important, but the history is of value as well.


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