Back into mapping!
After a long time of inactivity, the mapping fever is back. The availability of Bing might have helped me along as well.
First, out of convenience, I started editing with Potlatch since it has a less steep learning curve. Meanwhile I'm back with JOSM, and am really getting into it now.
In Potlatch, I learned to use keyboard shortcuts that made mapping and tagging of power lines pretty easy. First, you start the power line as usual by creating nodes on each pole that is visible (recognizable) in Bing. Don't tag the node as of now! That way you are really fast in recording the whole line. Once it's finished, you start tagging the individual nodes - click on the first, tag it (as HV Pylon or just Pole), hit "B" to add "source=Bing" and, using the keyboard shortcuts "." (dot) or "," (comma) to get to the next node, hit "r" to repeat the last tags for this node! This way you can race through the power line pretty quickly by just hitting . and r in turns. However, some power lines have (single or double) poles on the straight and HV pylons on turns! Make sure to catch them properly!
Back in JOSM, I wonder whether there are similar shortcuts available!
However, what was very tedious in Potlatch is now a piece of cake (comparatively) in JOSM and that is - buildings! Only with the plyugins "buildings" and "utilsplugin" of course!
And OSM Inspector is a brilliant tool! ;-)
Have fun! Matthy
P.S.: This is my area of interest: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=52.8602&lon=-8.9412&zoom=14&layers=M