[OSM-talk] Streetcomplete and Geographically Large Changesets

John Whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 24 22:05:20 UTC 2021

I must confess my smartphone is wifi only and to save the battery life 
Ihave location turned off.  What I have done is load up streetcomplete 
for an area that I will be travelling through perhaps by bus and note 
the quests.  Travelling past an entire street full of bungalows I must 
confess I didn't enter them all in streetcomplete as we passed them. In 
fact I just went in with JOSM and shoved them in as a batch so probably 
I'm using streetcomplete to see what information is lacking in OSM that 
would be considered useful.

Cheerio John

Justin Tracey wrote on 7/24/2021 5:33 PM:
> On 2021-07-24 3:23 p.m., Mike Thompson wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 24, 2021 at 12:41 PM Andy Mabbett 
>> <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk <mailto:andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk>> wrote:
>>     On Fri, 23 Jul 2021 at 22:32, Mateusz Konieczny via talk
>>     <talk at openstreetmap.org <mailto:talk at openstreetmap.org>> wrote:
>>      > The only case where valid editing would produce such situation
>>     are cases where
>>     There are several other scenarios than the two you list; for example
>>     * User is on a long-distance trip and makes notes on paper, or
>>     mentaly; after returning home they answer quests
>>     * User refer to their own photographs from a recent trip to answer
>>     quests
>>     * User refers to recent images in Mapilary or Wikimedia Commons, or
>>     open-licensed aerial imagery, to answer quests
>>     * User asks a friend or relative to check a remote feature ("Hi Mom,
>>     is the postbox still outside your house?")
>>     * User is away from home, but is answering quests about where 
>> they live
>> All are possible, but at least in the case of the imagery, they 
>> should cite that as a source and not "survey" (or doesn't 
>> Streetcomplete allow a source other than "survey", in which case that 
>> too is a problem)
>> MIke
> The entire idea of StreetComplete is that it's an editor intended 
> *only* for low-effort survey data via quests. The goal is to make it 
> unambiguously the highest quality data for simple tags. Adding 
> non-survey data, no matter how confident you are you know the answer, 
> subverts that purpose. If you have other information to add to OSM, 
> either because there is no relevant quest or because you aren't 
> currently looking at the thing in the real world, you should not be 
> using StreetComplete for it. All of the above examples should be added 
> via some other editor (e.g., iD if you want something quick and easy, 
> Vespucci if you want something on Android, or JOSM if you want full 
> desktop editing), with the appropriate source cited, not 
> StreetComplete. Specifically:
>  * Notes on paper are, IMO, borderline for citing "survey" as a 
> source, and not suitable for StreetComplete. Mental notes are 
> definitely not surveys, they're almost the definition of local knowledge.
>  * Your own photographs are fine to use as surveys, but should not be 
> used with StreetComplete, since again, you're not there. iD is perfect 
> for this case, and you'll be able to add a lot more than what can be 
> added with StreetComplete anyway.
>  * Mapillary, Wikimedia Commons, and other public streetlevel imagery 
> sources are not survey sources, they're they're own thing, with their 
> own set of considerations (which is why iD adds them as sources 
> automatically when you use them; I suspect there may also be licensing 
> considerations involved). Again, they definitely should not be used 
> with StreetComplete.
>  * Asking a friend or relative is not a survey (at least, not in the 
> geography sense -- with enough people, it could be the other kind of 
> survey ;)). I might mark that as "local knowledge", or even something 
> more specific like "friend"/"relative".
>  * Answering quests about where you live without actually physically 
> looking at it is, again, the definition of local knowledge, not a 
> survey. Do not add this kind of info with StreetComplete, that's not 
> what it's there for.
> I'm curious why a StreetComplete user would think these things are 
> okay to add with StreetComplete, since it loudly complains when you 
> answer quests that aren't in the vicinity of your GPS location (it 
> tends to be a bit overzealous on this, e.g., warning about adding 
> building levels on a high rise a block away, but there's no way you 
> could miss it).
>  - Justin
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