CloCkWeRX has commented on the following diary entries

Post When Comment now supports internationalization, geolocation in browser 2 days ago

I could try to propose the other changes from my fork (the version at

+1 to that, yes please!

Help wanted: Naming roads in South Australia 11 days ago

The last generated file is a year old, but there's still a fair bit in there.

There's still plenty left (11 Jan 2016: 648); but it can be a bit tricky without someone regenerating the file frequently.

Worth having a look!

Improving the map of Andahuaylas 15 days ago

With some of the Parks, you might want to tag the smaller areas a landuse=grass/garden/etc or similar, and make the overall relation have one tag for leisure=park.

That aside, keep it up :) Traced a few larger buildings from satellite imagery

App wanted: Collect opening hours by place automatically, and easier user notes about 2 months ago

So, for example combined with other business schema would work well. is a probably quite stale PR that would have enabled this for "I look up a business via a popular search engine and OSM provided data improves the results".

For the 'smart questions' apps; there have been a few that made some progress (but then stalled). I think was one of the more sophisticated - I'm happy that things like MapSwype also got off the ground since I last looked.

New data sources available for Western Australian roads 3 months ago

Oh, otherone to look at: or strava heatmaps to find roads that are missing is useful

New data sources available for Western Australian roads 3 months ago might be helpful; in particular

Clean up the "fixme's" around you! 3 months ago

Pretty snazzy

App wanted: Collect opening hours by place automatically, and easier user notes 3 months ago

Active mapping is fine, but passive mapping is better quality and a lot easier for inexperienced contributors. For example, look at mapillary - turn on your phone and walk, and you capture a lot of data that is much more useful for experienced mappers to draw on. We get street signs from image recognition.

Another good example of passive mapping - strava users don't know a thing about how to upload a GPX track or OSM tagging schema in general, but generate great quality heatmaps that can be turned into mappable features.

You can do the same with opening hours based on user location. You can gather data by hooking into people sharing their location with friends, and opting to make that available to OSM for mapping purposes.

Is it going to be 100% accurate? Probably not - but we already see commercial vendors (foursquare, google, etc) taking user locations for these purposes - there is value there.

Would I prefer open tools that let me do the same as them, but with more control of the data I share? Absolutely.

Over 2000 Schools mapped 3 months ago

Its worth it - great tool

WHAT IF? 4 months ago helps a lot to find mistakes, intentional or not. Changeset discussions also tend to bring many eyeballs to a particular area. covers this area in more detail

FacilMap 2 has been released 4 months ago

The directions icon isn't super obvious - could use a title attribute :)

Tools I wish I had: smarter paved vs unpaved road defaults. 5 months ago

@Warin61, yes but right now the majority of roads default to paved when they are not, unless a mapper takes extra steps in certain areas.

If a routing engine sends you on unpaved, non compacted roads because it assumed they were sealed... that can be particularly unsettling with some modes of transport.

Of course local knowledge works best... but right now the implied default is often the wrong thing; so an easy way to make things explicit would be more useful than not.

"Welcome-to-new-mappers" program in the Netherlands comes to an end. 7 months ago

Roughly what timeframe was between first edit and contact?

It would be interesting to see if a welcome message several days after encouraged user stickyness.

Alternatively, one that was sent to users during working hours (just prior to lunch, say, when they are likely to get up and be mobile) pointing them at mapillary or similar.

Either way, thanks for the hard work even if the results don't seem to have born out immediately

1 million buildings in Los Angeles 7 months ago

Nevermind, I see thats what you used from,_California/Buildings_Import#Tag_used

1 million buildings in Los Angeles 7 months ago

start_date might be a bit better than year_built, though a lot less intuitive (

Unrendered elements 9 months ago

So, if you'd like to see them in the main map you can raise a feature request on

In general; you want to: * Explain why it's important or what use cases it supports * Try to give a reasonable estimate as to how useful it is * Be sure to check for any existing topics of conversation

The default answer might be 'no'; however there are a lot of other renderings that might wish to focus on it - or even you can roll your own.

Mapping my hometown Gudivada 9 months ago

Nicely done!

Reporting Spam (or not) 9 months ago

It is frustrating :/

Adding sport= tags to leisure=pitch. 10 months ago

Did a bit of work in SA some time ago; but it can get really messy with dual sport areas (ie: schools that have tenis courts that double as netball or basketball courts). Are you finding many of those?

Nonsense values of shop= key 10 months ago

You realise the key shop in the OSM sense is more describing a physical thing that can be looked at, verified on the ground, and classified to a general type, not what a thing does in extreme detail, though don't you?

A structure or area identifiable as a supermarket or mall is perfectly valid, and has its own name. It's a lot better than just building=yes.

Other schema tackles the "business" problem - for example. Not much of that is really applicable to OSM - we'd never want to map online-only stores, reviews, etc; but it doesn't change the usefulness of that data living somewhere else.

You'll notice that even in the wiki examples that is describes product values as really broad "focus"; as opposed to listing an entire product inventory down to the last items and stock levels.

I do find it ironic you are apparently unhappy with sweeping generalisations in tagging schema; but are ready to dismiss the observed behaviour of a heck of a lot of mappers "because they have limited experience".