Harry Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
Open tagging system
>50,000 tags in the database
“What tags should I use???”
Agreed set of tags
Open & inclusive
Different ways of thinking about mapping the world
Different understandings of words
How smooth a road or footpath is
Suitability for transport types
Poor use of English language
a subjective judgement
Discussion → Debate → Edit War
Discussion and refining
Calls to ban him - Support
Chriscf's disruptive behaviour
Smoothness tag in particular
Tag approval processes in general
Constant stream of proposals, discussions & votes
Respected long-standing people not participating
Gang of "wikifiddlers" don't understand real
Too bureaucratic. Don't like voting
Ideas to improve?
Less open and inclusive
Who would get to do it? Elections? Nominations?
Who would want to do it?
Not a fun job - Deal with proposals
swiss-image.ch/Photo by Andy Mettler
Lock map features
Wiki sysops are effectively the tagging committee
Split the page up
Because it's too big and to relieve the tension
BUT "what tags should I use???"
Open & inclusive?
Open & inclusive?
"Map Features" application
Handle translations nicely
Group discussion and decision:
Linked to forum for discussion.
Using a polling app for votes.
but... reach agreement on documentation of hotly
More difficult. Wiki
"Featurama" is vapourware
Wiki based solutions
Shift in attitude
Instil our core principles
Write out tagging policies e.g. "Verifiability"
Link to these in all discussions
Over-enthusiastic about proposals
Motivation to be more critical
Process for removing previously "accepted" tags.
One in one out? change in process
Who to respect?
Expansion. Large number of newbies.
Waffling on mailing list/wiki editing energy
Don't know who to listen to
Experienced long-standing OSMers → Respect
Grumpy old fart
“us and them” attitude
holding back enthusiasm
Work on your reputation
User page. Document achievements
Too modest? Give awards. Write testimonials
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Raise the standard
Currently poor in places
alcohol/beverages shop, pharmacy, art gallery, leisure=park
Good tag documentation
reduces international misunderstandings
helps match search keywords
raises the bar for new proposals
Message to the wiki enthusiasts
Don't make proposals. Do mapping!
Message to long-standing community members:
"wikifiddlers" are OSM enthusiasts too!
Set out principles. Raise doc standards
Message to everyone:
Debates are inevitable, and healthy
Seek positive outcomes. Take action.
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