[OSM-talk] Could/should editors detect/disallow huge changeset bboxes?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 23:17:52 UTC 2020

On 12/6/20 9:19 pm, Colin Smale wrote:
> On 2020-06-12 13:00, Frederik Ramm wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I wonder if it would be feasible or desirable for editors to warn users
>> if they are at risk of creating country/world-spanning changesets.
>> Something like "you have unsaved edits more than 500km away from where
>> you are editing at the moment, please upload those before you continue"
>> or so.
>> World-spanning changesets are a constant source of irritation, and very
>> rarely intentional.
> But sometimes they are intentional, so they should not be prevented 
> entirely, but possibly just challenged. Admin boundaries may need to 
> be exempted?
> I am not sure how the bounding box for the changeset is calculated at 
> present, but for these purposes it should possibly be limited to the 
> nodes that have changed, and not automatically expanded to the entire 
> way or relation that the change impacts. Moving one node on a country 
> boundary should not classify the changeset as covering the whole country.

Moving that node may be intentional for a change on a feature that is 
not part of a admin boundary, never the less that node is part of the 
admin boundary and moving it may cause an error on the admin boundary. 
The similar for routes and possibly other large features.

I am all for a warning.
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