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Add link to more OSM renderings on the wiki #930

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matthijsmelissen commented Mar 15, 2015

This should make discovery of OSM applications beyond what is
displayed on the main website easier.

This should make discovery of OSM applications beyond what is
displayed on the main website easier.
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tomhughes commented Mar 15, 2015

Why on earth does this belong in the layer switcher?

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matthijsmelissen commented Mar 15, 2015

Why on earth does this belong in the layer switcher?

That's the place where people look if they want to change the style of the map. Currently, it looks like there are only five map styles. A 'more' link would make it clear that the five styles we display are not the only ones, and that we offer more variety for users for which the five styles not suffice. It's also a bit of a compromise for the people who want to add even more styles to osm.org.

However, if you think the link fits better at a different place, or is not that useful in general, I'd be happy to change or close my PR.

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tomhughes commented Mar 15, 2015

Well I think the issue that you're characterising a link to a page that is just a massive collection of anything that has ever used OSM in any was as a link to a list of alternate map styles.

The location you've chosen might be a valid place for a link to a list of alternate map styles but that isn't what you're linking to.

In general I'm not a big fan of linking to the wiki from prominent locations on the main site because of the difficulty of knowing if the content will remain appropriate over time, and because the wiki is basically a massive cess pit.

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matthijsmelissen commented Mar 15, 2015

Would maintaining a list of alternative map styles on the website be an option? It would eliminate most of the problems you mention, but it might be a significant maintenance effort.

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simonpoole commented Mar 15, 2015

The link to the wiki page is a definte nono IMHO there is just nothing on it that is going to help anybody, not the least because only a small portion of them are actually maps and only a small number works.

Something like http://mapstyle.petschge.de/ would be far better and could include licensing information and similar in a legible and modern form. .It means maintaining a list of reasonable candidates, but I don't see anyway around that if you want to have a useful list (see above).

From an UI pov if something along such lines is done I would believe that it would be better (if the providers of the tiles are ok with it) to actually make the layer selector customizable aka the user could store his preferred layer config in the preferences for his account. This is obviously a lot more work that a simple link and I'm not volunteering right now.

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matthijsmelissen commented Apr 27, 2015

Closing this as the proposal has no support in its current form, and I currently have no time to maintain or compile a list of alternative styles myself.

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