[Talk-us] reporting Pokemon Go related vandalism

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 19:16:40 UTC 2017

On 27/01/2017 22:49, ajt1047 at gmail.com wrote:
> On 27/01/2017 06:20, Will Senechal wrote:
>>   I'll try to keep an eye on activity around here, and will try to 
>> continue updating my area.
> They've just "edited" again, and I've blocked in 
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/user_blocks/1169 , so I'd be grateful if 
> people could keep an eye out for other problematical edits in the area 
> from other names too... 

The Data Working Group have just had a mail from the mapper saying that 
although the _previous_ ones were fake, their _last_ edit 
http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/45573753 was actually valid (and 
said "If there needs to be photographs taken I will gladly"). I replied 
suggesting that they might want to post here to explain what happened, 
and accepted their offer of photgraphic evidence.  I have to say I'm 
still somewhat sceptical - the features in 
http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/45573753 were remarkably 
Pokemon-friendly, and the "cars parked in something now mapped as a duck 
pond" made it seem even more unlikely.

I'd be delighted to be wrong of course - it'd be great if this really 
was someone trying to map real things (but perhaps not making a very 
good job of it as this is their first non-fake edit).  If anyone's in a 
position to check the validity or otherwise of it please do (you can 
visualise the change in 
https://overpass-api.de/achavi/?changeset=45573753 - some things should 
be easy to spot like the stream 
https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/469546360/history "Glen Meadows 
Subterrain Spring").

Best Regards,


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