How Open is OpenStreetMap?
StreetMap yes, but I’m not too sure about the Open bit.
Consider the following:
These Diary Pages are Closed Tight Shut
The HSM admin unilaterally closed all Diary pages to the outside world on 18 May. Ostensibly that was a short-term measure to stop a spam-storm. We will know more if access for the SEs ever get restored to those pages.
The admin action means that only those that already know that there are Diary Pages can visit them. In addition, it means that there is zero method of finding any specific page on this site, as there are zero internal search facilities. That is a dramatic problem, since a great many people have taken hours & hours to give large amounts of help for mappers via these pages, all of which is now invisible.
The Map Pages are Closed Tight Shut
There are millions & millions of HSM nodes, ways & relations within the Map accessed from osm.org, and not a single one is listed in any Search Engine. That is also a deliberate measure by the HSM admin although, unlike the Diary pages, it has been a feature for a great many years. It means that not a single one of the millions of Points of Interest (PoI) that have been entered by all of HSM’s mappers will ever be found by any general user. That raises a very important point:– is that what you want, and does it have to be that way? And if by any chance your response is “well, nothing I say will make any difference” you now know why OSM has become HSM.
All Admin action appears to be Unilateral - Zero Consultation
Apart from the website issues page, which only a few geeks will even know exists, there appears to be zero consultation between those that direct action on the site & the HSM community.
No-one can know everything, and an open-source movement is supposed to provide a method for an additive process to be in place. Is that happening with HSM?
The HSM Admin are removing items that they do not like without consultation
I’ve had code snippets in some recent pages which the admin have removed. They have never said anything to me, nor asked before removing them. That is disgusting, and the opposite of open. Welcome to the gulag.