[openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website] Forbid anonymous comments for notes (#1543)
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Wed Nov 14 07:13:04 UTC 2018
Personally, I don't think banning anonymous comments outright is a good idea. Its been a useful feature for adding notes to places asking for their names where there might not be an "official" mapper, but someone passing through the sight can give an answer. Its also been useful for me to have anonymous comments when I am out and about or during taking a quick break from something to leave a quick response without having to login. Especially if its on a public computer like at college. Id also say there is "graffiti" or rubbish comments by logged in users. Its not something confined to anonymous ones. I think there is a bit of sampling bias going on that just makes seem that way. Sometimes the "graffiti" is useful also. A lot of times serves a purpose or it wouldn't be there.
I think the best answer to the issue of spam posters is to limit how many messages a person can send in a short time period. I don't think anyone really minds a few random characters here and there by an anonymous vandal. Its the 300 within a few minutes that is annoying. Also, it might help deter some people from junk messaging if their IP address is visible, or at least help create the feeling that we know who they are. Even if we really don't. I agree with @mmd-osm that there are pros and cons to every way of dealing with it though. So, I don't think there is one ultimate solution. Its more about just reducing the number of junk messages down to a manageable, none obnoxious amount. Both of which can be done without banning anonymous messages outright.
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