This is why I encourage people to use good changeset comments: imagine you must dig through hundreds of edits of someone to figure out which one caused all the mess.
Accuracy and Precision in Geographic Coordinates by David Medeiros, GIS Reference and Instruction Specialist, Stanford Geospatial Center.
Well, this may apply to #OpenStreetMap contributors: on both the coding and data sides.
Reckon there will be more weight for those with positions in The Foundation.
Grrrrrr... yeah, I might as well tell them to mess around with the "sandbox" first rather than saving live edits. Seriously, no validations?
This is a thing
"OSM is super easy, just create an accound and start editing the map!"
I’m not a huge fan of promoting OSM this way.
I love improving the map to add more and more details about my city. It’s much less fun to have to use undelete tools or dig through history to restore mistakes by careless newbies.
I agree that protecting some objects against changes or peer certification will deter new people from joining. But I’d like to hear thoughts about how to protect the map against such edits.
"Please respect the tile usage policy"
"Bla bla bla"
Wow, some people.
Pseudo-flashback from 2013/2014 when I first begin editing OpenStreetMap.
Yes, only Bing imagery was available (before Mapbox chipped in to grant access to their imagery).
There was only Landsat imagery available in my place, so tracing had to be done from collected GPS traces.
(Low-end) Android devices are getting cheaper, and that helped a bit.