[HOT] Map-a-thon getting 509 Bandwidth Exceeded error

Nicholas Doiron nickd at codeforamerica.org
Mon Jun 22 04:56:54 UTC 2015

Hi Mikel,

I sent the IP address to the osm-dev IRC chat about 24 hours ago. Maybe
someone can dig it up?

I should note that I was running an app to review our users' changesets and
count features added. This may have pushed us over a short-term throttling
limit, but not the longer-term daily limits.

There are three more organic factors which affected our downloading:
- our new mappers panned and zoomed over a large area, downloading more data
- our area is dense with buildings data
- our area has many Mongolian gers, which are circular ways

I was under the impression that people *can* request a reset, if an admin
is online, but admins currently can't schedule or whitelist IPs ahead of

If there's anyone who would look over the C++ for the rate limiter
and explain it to a web-stack developer like myself, please contact me

-- Nick Doiron

On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 10:57 AM, Mikel Maron <mikel.maron at gmail.com> wrote:

> Nick
> Yes, this is probably due to a shared IP address for that lab. This
> problem has been seen before at mapathons, but usually with much higher
> number of users. Usually, the rate-limiting will ease off after a time, so
> it should've been available again later.
> The OSMF Operations team won't currently make exceptions to the
> rate-limiting policy. But they do think it should be an unusually high
> volume situation to trip the bandwidth limits. I think it's worth asking if
> one of them will investigate more closely to see if there was something
> unusual in the situation of your mapathon. Do you have the IP address for
> the mapathon venue?
> -Mikel
> * Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron
>   On Saturday, June 20, 2015 1:45 AM, Nicholas Doiron <
> nickd at codeforamerica.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm working with The Asia Foundation to run an OpenStreetMap map-a-thon in
> Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. We have 17 teams of 3 people, mostly students and
> city planners, mapping unplanned areas of the city (ger districts)
> At 3:30pm local time, we got a 509 Bandwidth Exceeded error on most teams'
> machines, so we had to end our first day early.  No one's data is lost, but
> we can't download existing data into iD, so every map area looks blank.
> There was a risk we would add the same building many times.
> Is there a way for us to re-enabling editing before tomorrow morning? And
> keep the gates open for another 48 hours or so?
> I'll do my part by closing a couple of apps (including Show Me The Way
> from OSM Labs) which were running at the time
> Regards,
> Nick Doiron
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