I've joined OSM several months ago and made hundreds of edits but I've made no diary here... Hmm.. let's say... in this very first note, i'll tell somehthing about me and my mapping hobby.
I was born in a seaside town called Vũng Tàu, which is about 125km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a Sài Gòn). Life was peaceful until 2008 when I came to Sai Gon for college and work. . Hmm Saigon, frankly speaking, is a messy city, and even though it's a fast developing urban area in Southeast Asia, infrastructure are not really fit with the trend.. however, thanks to 'smart' anti-automobile policy of the govt, we don't really have serious traffic jams similar to nearby metropolitans like Bangkok or Jakarta. Most of us, well, around 80% or more, ride motorbikes to work and school everyday. And despite its inconveniences (distance, speed, weather conditions...), it brings more leisure on the road.
I like maps and geography since I learned how to read and write. Hmm,... when I was 7 or 8, I visited my neighbour, and suddenly got interested in a globe in his living room. I then asked him to see the globe and couldn't really kept my eyes out of it for 3 hours. Coming back home I told my Dad to buy a world map, and since then I started to look at it every day. Hmm, it was really unusual for a kid at primary school age who didn't like to go out for play sports or music~~, but he chose maps instead.
I developed mapping hobby when Google launched 'Mapmaker' project. At first I was really keen on contirbuting for the project, but then I discovered that Google Mapmaker was not smart enough.
Community approval policy : Every edit needs approval from others in a voting system. This is a time consuming process, especially when there are not enough votes for your contributions.
Lack of respect of differences : Some contributions which are out of concern of others, including supervisors can be turned down. Well, I spent two hours adding several paths in parks and a museum (Reunification Palace) in HCMC, and submitted them. The only answer I received was that 'pathways are good but they are UNNECESSARY, because our Maps features should focus on roads and the use of GPS when traveling'. I told them that even though it seemed cars don't use it, but 'pathway' can help describe the ways for walkers or visitors.
Moreover, 'pathway' is available in the toolbox, and we should make use of it . I then pointed examples of parks and university campuses elsewhere in the world, such as Georgetown University in Washington, D.C and riverside parks in Singapore. What I received was that 'Well, they are different cities, and we're in Vietnam, and we're different'.
Well, then I said goodbye to them because I felt that those conservative mapmakers do not respect me and my and turned to OSM a few months later.