A particularly nasty variant of armchair mapping: "Mapping from the newspapers".
When the local media announces changes that have been recently voted by local councils, some enthusiasts reflect those in OSM… sometimes years before they are effective.
Streets changing names, extension of pedestrian plazas, mergers between large firms, speed limits…
Possible mitigation: use the "note" key to add a short warning.
"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.
In #OpenStreetMap , users (including anonymous ones) often use notes to leave feedback about map features. I try to initiate conversation with note contributors, and there are many who would respond back. It's heartening to see note contributors starting to map features themselves, after a engaging them positively through notes.
Curious about what was discussed during the recent OSMF Board face-to-face meeting..? Find out! https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2019/05/28/osmf-board-face-to-face-meeting-2019/
I find the cartography of OpenTopoMap pretty good.
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