Wow! Quite a bullshit reply to a very reasonable and important suggestion on #OpenStreetMap mailing list:
[...] I'd like to propose to change the key from "man_made" to "human_made" and start a discussion on it.[...]
> "Man" has been a general term for humanity in the English language since time immemorial.
> It is only feminists who wish to divide humanity along gender lines who have a problem with "man" as a term of reference. Such argumentation is deliberately divisive, and serves no purpose.
> There is no need for the change, or a pointless discussion about such a change.
> Please lets get on with making an awesome map.
> Best Regards
> Joel Holdsworth
It's nice to imagine Joel is f*cking himself out of anger caused by the changes in the world.
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I've been struggling with various online services requiring my address. They would put the markers on the building next to ours when I entered my address. If they let me do it, I'd move the pin manually everytime to the correct location.
Finally I traced the error back to Ordnance Survey (UK's national mapping agency) data. The building numbers have been wrong all this time in their data so all the entities using their services including Google Maps and even our own borough council carried this error over to their maps 🤦♂️ But that is not the case of course for the #openstreetmap 😀
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A case where #OpenStreetMap is more up to date than the official sources.
Recently, I came across an OpenStreetMap changeset  with "Review requested" tag. The change was addition of a bus route relation  in Istanbul, by Alikam .
I navigated to IETT's (the governing body of Istanbul's transport network) website  to cross reference the route maps. I noticed that there were some minor differences between the route on IETT's website and Alikam's version on OSM. The route wasn't following the exact roads. This wasn't a major issue but I still commented on the changeset, mentioning discrepancies between the two versions. Alikam, who's an urban planning student and OSM contributor with a priority on transport network by the way, wrote back a few hours later to tell that the major junction at that point had been rebuilt as part of the construction of a new underground line. Apparently due to that major change in the highway infrastructure, the bus route have been changed as well. But as of this writing, IETT haven't updated their website to reflect the relevant changes. Meanwhile, thanks to Alikam and all the contributors like them, OpenStreetMap is more up to date than the official source for Istanbul's transport network.
This wasn't a major issue, but it makes one think if there are other cases where people rely on the official/private/closed data and left stranded or were late to a very important meeting (I'll give you a clue, answer is yes).
So kudos to Alikam and all those great contributors of this wonderful open community.
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