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Welcome message for new users in Brazil 8 days ago

Interesting - do you have any plans to look at what impact sending a message (or not sending a message) might have?

Last year I had a look at the effect on mapper retention of the new mapper messages sent in Poland:

(and see links from there for two other months' analysis). Essentially, it didn't find a measurable difference in retention - but didn't look at edit quality or any other possible effects.

Also you might find this previous study interesting:



OpenStreetMap - yours to cut out and keep about 1 month ago

I wonder if that photograph would make a suitable "Image of the Week"?

(it would need to be released under an open licence though as per that link)

Can anyone explain this? about 2 months ago

Have you contacted the mapper concerned?

In cases such as this I'd normally suggest the dev API to them (if they're testing stuff) or (if they're just creating a fantasy map, which looks to be the case here).

Note that they've also modified the border of Egypt to exclude this as an enclave:

Thank you for your trust! about 2 months ago

It seems odd to thank someone for running an organisation that I've never actually joined, but - thank you!

Whilst OSMF might be "a tiny speck somewhere off centre" it's often the public face of OSM. Like a drunken uncle at a family party, when they start behaving oddly, it gets noticed. Your OSMF chairmanship brought a dose of much-needed sanity to the board and the organisation; it'll be sorely missed.

We can no longer go on like this 3 months ago

@Yorvik Prestigitator yes, it was a new user the last twice it happened, but on the most recent occasion it was found and fixed within ~6 hours so I don't think that was more than a temporary annoyance.

The wrong side of mapping transient events in OSM 10 months ago

You said above "Since few weeks, flood waters have subsided and the media frenzy have moved somewhere else.". The second of those statements is true to an extent, but the first isn't necessarily so.

According to a BBC TV news report yesterday, flooding in the levels has dropped around 0.5m, and the reporter was still able to do the usual piece to camera with acres of water in the background.

So yes, there is a discussion to be had about when and how transient events are mapped, and how long an event has to be to be considered "not transient", but don't assume that because the media have moved on that the events over. People in the Philippines are still getting back on their feet after last November, there's still a civil war in Syria, etc.

OSM Formula 1 about 5 years ago

So (assuming that Donington doesn't run out of cash before next year) does someone need to book a track day to get a GPS trace of the new layout?

Local Cycle Network about 5 years ago

Thanks - I've been meaning to sort out the 5 Pits Trail for ages!