I’ve been using OSM since 2009, but prior to 2015 I did not create or contribute under any account. One reason is that I come from a country where unauthorized surveying is strictly prohibited. After I moved to US, I can finally spend more time with my GPS traces. I’m based in Chambersburg PA, but working in Hagerstown MD.
Maps should be free to general public, but the reality is:
I do not use OSM for driving as well because it is a horrible idea until TIGER is phased out. I just tend to be more realistic.
As an user of Garmin products, the only map source is OSM. Instead of relying on other people or AI bullshit from Microsoft or Facebook, I can map everything in a better way. OSM cares about everyone but data quality is constantly declining in rural areas where separate GPS units can make themselves as a solid assistance. That is why I’m interested in mapping towers, speed limits, scenic/natural features and trails, speed cameras and water. Yeah 3D building is cool, but how about those living in rural area cannot even have a stable Internet to grab map for directions?
Feel free to message me if you have any non-editing questions, I’m also a member of OSMF. If you have concerns with my changesets, please find me on Slack.