First of all, thank you for participating to SotM 2017 Aizuwakmatsu!
Unfortunately I was not able to talk to every persons due to my staff work, but I could talk with Arun following idea. I would like to hear more broader suggestions & feedback.
To establish peer review operation workflow especially regarding newbie mappers.
Approach & Tools
OSMCha has feature to detect specific
#hashtag on changeset comments or specific tags on changeset.
So my main idea to encourage mappers to add special meta data to the changeset if he/she want the edits to be peer reviewed. I guess it is possible to add comments e.g.
#needreview on special changeset comment or
need_review=yes or other information on changeset tag.
If those tags are set, it maybe possible to detect such a message through OSMCha easily.
Idea for iD Editor integration
Yes, it is too difficult to encourage newbie mappers to add such a information. Because they are a previous stage to understand how those messages are important.
So my suggestion to add a function to iD editor. At the commit (save) screen on iD, it is set a checkbox
Need Review or
Ask someone to Review to add above hashtag or changeset tags.
Sometimes newbie mappers worried about if their changes crushes data structure or if they could set appropriate tags.
This might be a “Please help me!” message from newbies. So veteran mappers may easily contact to them to lead proper information such as OSM wiki Tagging page. If the newbie could be contacted once, they can aware OSM community. I think it is easier to involve them to our community. (Perhaps it would be better to contact the native language at messaging. But it is an optional issue.)
Possible Pros & Cons
- “Need help” mappers are to be more prospective to “stay” in OSM editing than simply automatic Welcome message. (And existing mappers can know newcomer’s motivation)
- Most of the features in this flow (e.g. changeset word detection, fetching and contact to the usr etc…) are already implemented in OSM.org site and OSMCha. So it might be less effort to code.
- Although it might need less effort than more bigger changes, it need some programming hack.
- Unfortunately I do not have programming skill to be happen this idea...
Feedback is welcomed.