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Why It's Rotten

  1. It applies the "wiki" idea to something which would be a travesty if combined with a wiki, for obvious reasons (wiki vandalism, like changing the names of large countries such as Russia or China to slurs such as "Commieland" and "Ch*nkistan").
  2. Somebody actually did the above to NYC, causing damage to multiple apps which blindly used OpenStreetMap data.
  3. It allows anyone to add their own data, which just makes it easier to do bad things (such as removing all the borders between the former USSR countries and deleting whole cities from the map).

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Sometimes, it's actually more accurate than Google Maps.