SimonPoole has commented on the following diary entries

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iD editor: It is time for us to end this abusive relationship 30 days ago

@adamant1 you yourself should perhaps be a bit more careful, I haven’t seen anything in woodpecks post that would even remotely add up to slander.

iD editor: It is time for us to end this abusive relationship about 1 month ago

@Adamant1 for accuracies sake, neither of the current developers had anything to do with the creation of iD as a concept nor with the couple of initial releases of the product. We don’t even know if the current vision for iD even continues to include OSM.

OSMF Board elections about 1 month ago

On more fundamental issue: there is no roadmap for vector tiles because there is no clear strategy on what services the OSMF should be providing and for which audience and how these should be differentiated (or not) from commercial offerings.

Once that is laid down, -then- it makes sense to determine how technically we can provide such services if they are a required by the overall strategy.

This is no different for vector tiles that it is for say, geocoding.

Unluckily the board has refused for the larger part of a decade to even acknowledge that the question exists.

OSMF Board elections about 1 month ago

Just to nitpick: Waze is essentially the same age as OSM and was mostly successful due to a completely different focus. Naturally people tend to lump everything loosely associated with “maps” in to the same pile, but no, there is no reason to consider Waze as a role model for OSM.

iD editor: It is time for us to end this abusive relationship about 1 month ago

Just as a note: the (legal) privacy concerns are no different with wikimedia commons than with any other 3rd party, in particular any other US based 3rd party, that we asking our contributors to involuntarily submit their data to.

A proper solution needs to be opt-in and there needs a way to

  • record the consent in a fashion that can’t be tampered with
  • revoke it if the contributor wishes to


Vespucci 14 preview 3 months ago

OK, the custom presets are currently stored in the Vespucci directory together with any presets automatically generated from taginfo (so Vespucci/autopreset and in the autopreset.xml). You can either simply exit vespucci and then delete the autopreset.xml file, or edit the specific preset out of it, to get rid of any unwanted entries.

If you simply want to delete the preset from the most recently used display, simply long press on it.

If you believe it i necessary to add an UI for this, could you pls open a ticket on the Vespucci repo.

Vespucci 14 preview 3 months ago

Preferences / Presets Select the “Delete” entry from the menu for the preset you want to delete.

See also: (the Presets preference is no longer in the Advanced Preference, but otherwise the content is correct).

You thought OpenStreetMap data uses the WGS84 datum? No it doesn't! 5 months ago

OSM geometries already have a timestamp and if the datum used to determine the coordinates was actually WGS84 there wouldn’t be a problem.

The authors point, which doesn’t get across so well, is that in some circumstances we are using sources that are not actually using WGS84 and are offset to it. This makes after the fact correction based on shifts relative to WGS84 difficult.

How to highlight high-precision GPX traces? 7 months ago

If you want to do the opposite, you have to store the original date and compute the delta for every single node in the database.

Well we already have the date for every coordinate in the database, including all historic versions.

@SimonPoole Which attribute seems ok for you to store the point accuray?

I would invent something for the tag and use

dgps to indicated that it is a differential gps generated position.

How to highlight high-precision GPX traces? 7 months ago

And what I wanted to mention you can tag the tracks on upload, which likely won’t help very much, Further you could set attributes for the track points that make the situation clearer too but again if that is really useful is a different question.

How to highlight high-precision GPX traces? 7 months ago

@StephaneP IMHO currently the differences tend to be so small (with the exception of AUS as mentioned where you probably could detect the difference between a very well traced building from 2007 or so and now), that it is not a real issue. However as we know -when- a node was added, in principle we could apply a cumulative correction at point in time when the difference has become too great (we likely wouldn’t want to do that for other reasons though).

“Professional” surveyors typically don’t have the problem as they are not trying to produce a global, easy to consume geo-dataset, so it is completely OK for them to use whatever the national datum is.

How to highlight high-precision GPX traces? 7 months ago

@StephaneP you simply need to convert to WGS84 / re-project tiles and the like, or your GPS tracks (which btw should be in WGS84 too), before using them for tracing adding them to OSM.

Yes, that -does- have the effect that older OSM data will be slightly off compared to a remeasurement of the same object later, but the only country where that would be a significant concern, over the time spans we are currently looking at, is Australia.

Why we should care about googles scoped storage on Android 7 months ago

@ConsEbt “users” don’t really factor in here, there is some unrest among developers (because these are the people that will be blamed when they have to remove functionality), but those that don’t create the umpteenth rehash of media player/gallery/etc.are a minority to start with. For google to pay attention it would need to have a substantial impact on their revenue stream from paid apps and that is unlikely to happen.

Improving the Behavior of Search Engine Optimizer (SEO) Companies 7 months ago

@alexkemp & @Rovastar just to reinforce the statements by woodpeck and SomeoneElse: it is well established (since end of 2017) who’s behind these edits, they are clearly in violation of our ToU by creating fake user accounts, and on top it their edits are rubbish (that they haven’t even bothered to take note that they might need to add an actual object tag says all). So that you can put it in to relation: they create the majority of new accounts in the US.

@alexkemp btw, you are required to provide a valid working e-mail address as part of the sign up process and need to keep it current, we do not allow anonymous editing (since over a decade now).

Improving the Behavior of Search Engine Optimizer (SEO) Companies 7 months ago

IMHO given that they have a longish history of vandalism in the mean time, I don’t quite see why we (as in the OSMF) don’t send them a cease and desist and if they don’t stop, drive them out of business (they are at least pro-forma incorporated in the US).

Viele gelöschte Häuser in Biel/Bienne 8 months ago

Um ganz sicher zu sein, hab ich für ein history dump von gestern einen entsprechenden Ausschnitt angeschaut … keine Häuser.

Viele gelöschte Häuser in Biel/Bienne 8 months ago

Ich hab die Gebäude kurz nachgetragen, inklusive der Kirche eine vernünftige Geometrie geben, Aufwand 5 Minuten. Deutlich weniger als die Nachforschung bis jetzt gekostet hat.

Viele gelöschte Häuser in Biel/Bienne 8 months ago

Generell ist es gescheiter so was auf talk-ch anzusprechen. Wie die Vorredner bereits gesagt haben, scheint es zu mindestens in letzter Zeit sich da nichts getan zu haben (ich hab auch noch mit OSMCha geprüft).

OpenStreetBrowser: New translation system 10 months ago

transifex has always been free for OSS projects, and interesting enough the original transifex code was OSS (but is now afaik abandonware).

OpenStreetBrowser: New translation system 10 months ago

Most larger and popular OSM projects (for example iD) host their translations on transifex, using a different platform massively wastes translator time and leads to diverging translations for the same terms.

I’m not saying that weblate is bad, simply that there is little value in not using transifex but lots of advantages if your project is part of the OpenStreetMap organisation, including to be able to use the 1000s of already existing translations.