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First of all, let me state I am not trying to cause drama, but am merely trying to figure a mechanic out.

I have recently started using the anonymous comment to place suggestions on the map, particularly because when I try to send messages over OGF or other channels I often find the recipient is inactive or sends back a "witty" retort telling me to "eff off" or something similar. I was also recently informed that using anonymous comments is against the rules, which really confused me, and I was threatened to be suspended by continuing to use them.

Is using these comments actually allowed or not? I prefer them but I guess that sentiment is not shared...

Posted by Zytik on 28 May 2020 at 14:05.

Please do not use anonymous comments on the map, especially comments that cannot be removed. If you have an issue with someone’s mapping, reach out to them directly. If they choose not to take you up on your advice, that is their choice; move along. Adding anonymous comments is not a productive use of anyone’s time and has detrimental effects to the collaborative environment we need to create to keep the FSA successful.

Posted by TheMayor on 28 May 2020 at 14:09.

It is the most efficient and direct method of feedback. There is nothing detrimental about it.

Ill also ask again, is it allowed or not?

Posted by Zytik on 28 May 2020 at 14:18.

Hello, Zytik, I can't speak for the entire admin team and since I assume this is something FSA-related, you should definitely wait for Wangi to reply. But to me, especially if you're going to give a critique, choosing to remain anonymous signals that you're not ready to take consequence for your opinions, and I would definitely recommend staying away from that option even if it exists. It is just not a good way to communicate.

Posted by Eklas (administrator) on 28 May 2020 at 14:26.

I would still use the comments if they had my name attached to them. It just doesn't have that option. Its more of the commenting feature than the anonymous feature that attracts me

Posted by Zytik on 28 May 2020 at 14:34.

If you’re okay with signing your name to the comments you have, I don’t see how this is a better system than sending a direct message to that mapper.

Posted by TheMayor on 28 May 2020 at 14:37.

If you really want to flood someone's inbox every time I find an issue, I'm fine with that. I thought the comments layer would be less annoying than a ton of messages over suggestions (and less intrusive too).

Posted by Zytik on 28 May 2020 at 14:42.

Ah, I see now, they're anonymous even if you're logged in. Well, I guess then you can just write your name at the end of the comment?

Posted by Eklas (administrator) on 28 May 2020 at 14:43.

I am fine with this solution, if Wangi/others agree. From now on I do not mind sending comments with my name tagged at the end.

Posted by Zytik on 28 May 2020 at 14:45.

Posted by Eklas on 28 May 2020 at 14:43.

»Ah, I see now, they're anonymous even if you're logged in. Well, I guess then you can just write your name at the end of the comment?«
Another issue with comments on the map is that even when they are “resolved”, the pin stays on the map. This can be a long-term issue as territories change owners over time.

Posted by TheMayor on 28 May 2020 at 14:50.

Another issue with comments on the map: if you drop a comment on some area where I'm mapping, how am I supposed to notice it? Comments are only visible at fairly high zooms (10+?). I don't spend hours scrolling across my territories looking for comments. I have territories I own that I haven't even *looked at* for a year or two. I admit that's probably poor OGF practice. But even if I do look at it, more often than not, I'm looking at it in JOSM or scrolling across at low zooms. When would I see a comment, exactly? You could drop comments like easter eggs and people could not notice them for years.

Posted by Luciano on 28 May 2020 at 15:25.
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