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New Users

Posted by Glassman on 14 January 2016 in English (English)

I've been sending message to new users that are in our meetup area, inviting them to join our meetup. I also offer to answer any OSM questions they have. Since Jan 2015 I've sent 106 messages. From the new users, I've received responses from 10 new mappers. That's a 9% response rate.

Not sure why the response rate is so low. A couple of possibilities come to mind. First, I don't ask for a response. While I do invite them to join our Meetup Group, it is impossible to find a match between OSM user_id and Meetup nickname. Some could have responded by joining the meetup group. The other possibility is that I need a better welcome message. There is a third possibility but for now I'm not going there.

Work in progresssss

Location: South 5th Street, Mount Vernon, Skagit County, Washington, 98274, United States of America

Welcome Message

Posted by Glassman on 3 November 2015 in English (English)

The OSM Welcome message could use some changes to see if we can encourage more participation from new subscribers. The current signon process is quick and easy. (At least if you don't read all the legalese in the Agreement.) My goal is to build a welcome message that encourages more participation and mapping. I invite everyone to share their thoughts on what should and shouldn't be in the message.

Listed below, in no particular order, are some of my thoughts

  • OSM Philosophy
  • Code of Conduct
  • Invitation to join the OSMF and local chapter
  • How and why to donate to OSM
  • Where to meet other mappers
  • A link to HOT's LearnOSM.

If you'd like to help, just drop me a line.

If it has been a while since you signed up for the first time, below is the current process as done on a desktop computer. Not sure what it looks like on a mobile device. The last screenshoot is the welcome message. What is your opinion; can it be improved?

Initial Sign up

Initial Sign up


Full text of the agreement is here. Agreement

Confirmation Notice

Confirmation Notice

Email Confirmation

Email Confirmation

Welcome Message

Welcome Message

Seattle Building Outlines

Posted by Glassman on 28 March 2013 in English (English)

Completed merging Seattle building outlines with King County E911 addresses. The result is 3 merged .som files for each neighborhood. The original Seattle building outline file contains outlines outside of Seattle that still need merging.

JOSM Training

Posted by Glassman on 29 January 2013 in English (English)

14 people showed up to learn how to use JOSM to import addresses into OSM. The training ran from 1PM until 4:30 when most everyone adjourned to the pub up the street.

Street just changed from two way to one way

Posted by Glassman on 27 May 2011 in English (English)

I was on the way to a meeting downtown taking my usual route. Entering the downtown area my normal route was now one way, going the wrong direction. On the way back I discovered that the street was just converted. Workers were in the process of redoing the signal lights. The lanes had already been repainted.

I made the change to OSM. Certainly faster than any of the commercial maps. However, the street has an entrance to I5 express lanes. These are time dependent. In the morning they lead into the city and out in the afternoon. But I can't find anything on the wiki that tells me how to show the TOD direction.

Since I'm new I'll ask on the newbie mailing list.

Location: Capitol Hill, Seattle, King County, Washington, United States of America
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