[Talk-us] Fwd: Re: Post bot cleanup

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemeD.net
Sun Jul 29 17:48:35 BST 2012

Bryce Nesbitt wrote:
> I rather think the non-responders could have been a separate category,
> and their data could have been kept.

Doesn't fly legally, sadly. You can't say "I'm ignoring any rights on 
this item just because the rights-holder hasn't responded to my e-mails".

That said, I did once live near a tiny village (population 41) that 
claimed to be "Twinned with Paris" on the basis that they'd written to 
Paris asking for a twinning, and received no reply. I guess that's a 
similar idea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitwell,_Rutland

> The license bot damage will take decades to recover from.

Not at all. OSM has only existed since 2004, and the redaction affected 
<1% of the database globally. At a very conservative estimate it's 29 
days' work (8*365*0.01); in reality, we _already_ have more nodes in the 
database than we did before the redaction started. Such is the rate at 
which the map is growing.


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