Hi VIz Vests
Back in the early days it was possible to purchase a hiviz vest emblazoned with OPENSTREETMAP SURVEYOR and the logo and website. I can't remember who organised it but I vaguely remember they were available at mapping parties.
Mine has proved to be invaluable in avoiding those awkward (and potentially hostile) situations where people are rightly suspicious of you taking notes and photos. It has also helped with over-enthusiastic security guards. Other advantages have been: it engenders lots of extra volunteered information from people you meet; it advertises OpenStreetMap; and is great for road safety when cycling or walking. There is one disadvantage however- in some deprived areas you might be seen as representing "officialdom" and engender a hostile response (all I've received are gentle rebukes from old folk accusing me of planning to take away their postbox or bus stop!)
So the question is: would it be good idea to revive supplying these with a preferential purchase price for members and a higher price for non-members?
Jez Nicholson (Director) started a poll November 26th, 2018 18:24
We should get hi viz surveyor vests Closed 6:02pm - Wednesday 12 Dec 2018
We will set up a page on the web site to take money in advance for OSMUK hi-viz vests. It will be advertised in posts to Talk-GB, etc. when ready.
An orange OSMUK vest
|8 - Yes, take some money up front so you know how many to get|
|5 - Yes, get a load then sell them|
|0 - Yes, increase the annual subs and send one to every member|
|0 - No, don't worry about it|
Yorvik Prestigitor November 26th, 2018 18:40
Neil November 26th, 2018 20:42
Option to pay by cheque would be good.
Robert Whittaker November 26th, 2018 21:10
I'd suggest doing both of the first two options, assuming there are benefits for buying in bulk. Get some pre-orders (with or without payment) to guage interest, but then buy extra to have spares to sell later. How many to get may depend on the size of any bulk discounts.
RobJN (Director) November 26th, 2018 21:32
For the OSM UK ones we are probably best to take orders upfront. A few would also like a general OSM (i.e. non-UK) one. Here we can probably order a batch as we can sell excess stock at more events (e.g. SotM).
Gregory Marler (former Director) November 28th, 2018 14:06
I'd like to also say "increase the annual subs". Might not be completely a silly idea.