[OSM-talk] Toward resolution of controversies related to iD

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Tue Jun 9 15:00:59 UTC 2020


Frederik has already corrected most of your misconceptions, so just some
additional comments;

Am 09.06.2020 um 12:32 schrieb ndrw6 at redhazel.co.uk:
>
> - Taking control from the original authors would slow down, if not
> stall, the development of iD.
>
Nearly all of the original authors left Mapbox a long time ago, nobody
working on it today is an "original author". The grant that Mapbox
received at the time was clearly instrumental in allowing them to start
growing the company to its current size, so while we are obviously
thankful for the support that Mapbox has provided over the years, it was
clearly a win-win situation.

Many would have argued that the OSMF should have received the half a
million dollarsĀ  and contracted the work out, maybe to Mapbox, but in
any case just because what actually happened was slightly different,
doesn't mean that the OSMF and the OSM community gave whoever happens to
be working on iD the licence to control the projects destiny forever.

Simon


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