[Talk-us] Best way to contacting users who are taking a class, but are possibly damaging data at same time?

James Mast rickmastfan67 at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 12 00:22:28 UTC 2016


I noticed it via my RSS feed of Pittsburgh area changes.  Wasn't too hard to put 2+2 together when the same changeset comment kept popping up today with different users.


-James

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From: Martijn van Exel <m at rtijn.org>
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2016 6:49:22 PM
To: Ian McEwen
Cc: OSM Talk US
Subject: Re: [Talk-us] Best way to contacting users who are taking a class, but are possibly damaging data at same time?

Hey,

I emailed Tom Mueller asking if it is indeed his class and if it is, to sign up for this list if he hasn't already and post a little bit of info on the class and the students' editing assignments. I am curious about this work and hope we can learn something about OSM in the classroom! I haven't looked at the edits myself but that's a keen eye, James! How did you discover this pattern?

Martijn

On Apr 11, 2016, at 4:41 PM, Ian McEwen <ianmcorvidae at ianmcorvidae.net<mailto:ianmcorvidae at ianmcorvidae.net>> wrote:

I'm equally inexperienced in the contact department, so take what I say with that gain of salt.

This appears to be a class at California University of Pennsylvania (calu.edu<http://calu.edu/>), and the last of the users you link appears to be Dr. [Tom] Mueller himself.

Perhaps someone with some degree of officialness can contact the professor directly (via institutional email, I'd guess) to start the conversation in a good-faith fashion.

On April 11, 2016 3:13:39 PM MST, James Mast <rickmastfan67 at hotmail.com<mailto:rickmastfan67 at hotmail.com>> wrote:
I've been noticing today in my local area that there are several users (6 of them [1]-[6]) using the same changeset comment of "GEO100 Dr. Mueller's class".  Several of these changesets are their first ever, so it seems to me that this class just started.  Only 1 of the accounts seems to be older than 1 month, and possibly might be the teacher [6], but can't be 100% sure.

Any recommendations on how to contact the users about this, or does somebody who has had previous experience with something similar want to take lead?  Don't want to mess anything up that might give us some new mappers.

-James

[1] - https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/BradleyMann
[2] - https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/gdelre
[3] - https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/catiehamel
[4] - https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/glo6735
[5] - https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Cortazzo
[6] - https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/TomM4



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