It's been five days since I started correcting errors/warning on the Northern Cyprus map that I started oh so long ago – and it's been hard!
In a previous rant, I refer to sloppy edits; where individuals are not taking enough care when tracing from satellite imagery. This has a two-fold effect: No relation in reality to what is on the ground and a map that is difficult, if not impossible to navigate. I also have a rather controversial solution which will not be popular amongst the OSM community.
First the poor edits. I have spent countless hours (which I could have used mapping) correcting ways that are not even on highways and such like. It's just a case of taking care when tracing.
Secondly navigation. I believe that the OSM data set took on a completely different meaning when third party apps started to provide us with navigation capabilities. It's serious stuff. And if there are crossing ways, unconnected nodes and such like then it's not going to work.
Solution? Don't edit! That's right. Don't edit. In terms of man hours I have spent correcting I could have done the job myself. It's hard to say but that's the bottom line. Of course there are those who will say that it's just a question of educating users. But having looked at the “efforts” of some, I wonder if it's education or vanity (oh! Look at what I have done) that is the issue.