[Talk-us] SEO Damage to OSM

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Sat Jul 1 01:54:05 UTC 2017


Simon,
Thanks for looking at them. Fortunately there wasn't too many to fix
mannually. Some of vandalism goes back 2 or 3 years if I recall correctly.
I did check Canada thinking that they might have hit them as well, but
other than some strange addresses on ways, it was clean.

Ian Dees did fixed the remaining of the problems.

I plan to look at the original changesets to see if there is any clue which
company was behind it. Do you know if I gave the systems admin people a
list of user if they could check the email used to create the account
belongs to one company?

On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 1:26 PM, Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> wrote:

> I''m in the process of fixing a couple of these. and I couldn't help
> noticing that some of them can't simply be reverted because the TeleNav
> data team has added lane tagging on them ....
>
> Simon
>
> Am 30.06.2017 um 18:21 schrieb Clifford Snow:
>
> Edits, from what appears to be a search engine optimization company (SEO),
> have damaged a number of ways in the US. Martijn Van Exel pointed out the
> problem on Slack the other day. What they did was to add their client to a
> street, often changing the name of the street to the company.  Fortunately
> they made it easy to find using overpass [1] by adding in the clients
> address, phone number, source and website. The query looks for addresses
> and websites on ways.
>
> West of the Mississippi has been fixed. There are some false positives
> when running the query, they are all park polygons with both leisure=park
> and highway=pedestrian. The website url is of the park.
>
> If someone would like to help clean up the rest of damage they did, just
> run the overpass query for an area, state, county, etc. to get a list of
> ways that match the query. From there just select the way which will open
> OSM in another tab where you can use your favorite editor to fix. Use the
> history feature or TIGER data to get the correct road name. The addr:street
> they added may not be anywhere near your way.
>
> [1] http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/q5A
>
> Thanks,
> Clifford
>
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