doomedtx wrote:In my area, there are dozens and dozens of towns with little or no drive data. Fixing them requires comparison with authorized data, lots of straightening out, lots of deletion, etc. At the end of the process it's far too tedious to select every junction to be sure the drives have been allowed.
Actually, it isn't too tedious. It's what the non-ET users have been doing for years. I do small towns all the time. There is a lack of patience in the world.... I, and many others, have gotten to hundreds of thousands of edits without using ET, or very limited usage. Why can't you and everyone else, do the same?
Using ET to select an entire town, turn all roads 2-way and allow all turns is sloppy. I've seen this done more time than I can count and had to clean up the mess, setting 1-ways back they way they should, disabling all those left turns across the median, etc. It wastes more of my time to fix the problems caused. Not the fault of ET directly, but without it, it would at least make it more painful to the idiot who misused it. Whole towns changed so all streets have the same name, some towns completely deleted.
In the hands of conscientious users, it can be used for great good. But in the hands of morons, saboteurs, or the inexperienced, it can cause great damage. And what measure do we use to filter those types of users out? Those who have been around long enough to make it to 200, 300, 400k edits already. If you stick around for that long, chances are you aren't going to be stupid. How else do you propose we ensure only the "good" editors are allowed to use it?
doomedtx wrote:Yet another counter argument: the roundabout tool can destroy more area far more quickly but is available to every level 0 (or 1, whatever they are now) editor right off the bat.
Not true in my testing. A roundabout will only delete roads within its radius which are also selectable at that zoom level. ET is the same. So they both operate within the same selectability rules. They are pretty much equal.