[Tagging] Removing helpful information in wiki pages

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Sat May 12 12:18:44 UTC 2018

On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 12:53 PM, Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> As Thilo had pointed out, removing off-topic info from the Wiki is not a
> documented activity of the DWG

It's not?  Hmmmmm...

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Data_working_group says:

DWG members perform a variety of activities.


The Data Working Group is empowered to put *temporary* blocks (up to 96
hours) on user activity on OSM. This
 is to force people engaging in questionable activity to pause their
efforts, to give other community members
 time to discuss, and so on.

Taken together, those do not exclude removing off-topic info from the Wiki
and imply that doing so is within
the scope of the DWG.  Editing the Wiki is a user activity...

That same page also says:

If you find any acts of vandalism, illegal copying from sources, or major
border alterations, and the
 user does not respond to messages, you can contact the Data Working Group

So how is vandalism defined?  That's on
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Vandalism which says:

There are various *other types* of bad editing which are very similar to
vandalism, carried out with

various motivations beyond childish fun, but resulting in the need for the
same types of remedies.

These include:

   - [...]
   - Disputes on the wiki
   - [...]

I'll leave you to peruse the documentation yourself to confirm that the DWG
is also the dispute
resolution authority in the event of vandalism (hint: it's on one of those
two pages I gave links
for and it's not hard to find).

So the documentation does indeed say that it is within the scope of the DWG
to remove off-topic
info from the Wiki, and that the DWG is the final arbiter of what is and
isn't off-topic on the Wiki.

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