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To all recklessly editing newbies

Posted by Jedrzej Pelka on 18 July 2014 in English (English)

Why using a new tag without reading its wiki page before?

Comment from Zverik on 18 July 2014 at 15:21

also, to experienced mappers Imgur

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Comment from AndiG88 on 18 July 2014 at 15:31

+1

But using the Wiki page can also go wrong ;D

For example the German Wiki told you to use fireplace=yes for a outdoor bbq place on the ground.

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Comment from Richard on 18 July 2014 at 16:44

To all old hands:

WHY MAKE UNNECESSARILY COMPLICATED TAG PROPOSALS INVOLVING 839 LEVELS OF NESTED RELATIONS THAT NEWBIES CAN'T UNDERSTAND

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Comment from mvexel on 18 July 2014 at 17:19

And to all US mappers: WHY USE A DIFFERENT TAG FOR MOTORWAY EXIT DESTINATIONS THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD?

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Comment from chillly on 19 July 2014 at 10:39

To all diary writers:

Don't be hard on newbies, they need our help and tolerance and we need their local knowledge and potential.

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Comment from jutezak on 19 July 2014 at 13:17

Making tags is hard. Especially with the international differences in cafe's, restaurants, lunchrooms, bars, pubs. Or pharmacies and drugstores.

And double functions: supermarket AND pharmacy. Or pub AND restaurant.

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Comment from Jedrzej Pelka on 19 July 2014 at 14:14

@chilly

Sure we should be patient towards newbies, but don't you sometimes want to throw a tantrum when repairing the mess after somebody who had a lot of will to contribute, a lot of valuable information to add, but NEVER F...ING EVER bothered to read any most basic tutorial on OSM Wiki?

Broken geometry, roads not connected to each other but "glued" to landuses, buildings and administrative boundaries instead, absolute ignoring of Name is the name only rule, hiking/cycling routes drawn as new ways above the existing ones... I'm calling it "Potlatch diarrhoea" :) I wonder how other experienced mappers call such cases. By the way, it's not about Potlatch itself, it's about the total ignorance of some overenthusiastic newbies.

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Comment from davespod on 22 July 2014 at 12:57

@Jedrzej Pelka

Chilly is right. However much you feel like throwing a tantrum, the only way to achieve a positive result is to be positive. If you must, throw an actual tantrum in private, then proceed to write to the user welcoming them, encouraging them and offering them some polite tips and assistance. And if you cannot bring yourself to write that friendly email, write nothing at all.

This is not like developing software. That person is possibly the only person who will go out and survey a specific area in person, and the only person who will lovingly maintain that area in OSM as the world changes. That is worth far more to the project than tagging expertise, or other editing skills. All of that can be learned with encouragement. Being in the right place cannot.

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