[Talk-us] SEO Damage to OSM

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Sat Jul 1 06:33:08 UTC 2017



Am 01.07.2017 um 03:54 schrieb Clifford Snow:
> 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?

I've already touched on this with the sys admins and saved refs to the
ones that I fixed. However it is unlikely that we will do any thing with
the information as the accounts are extremely unlikely to be reused, and
on the other hand, given that we have a known US based SEO company that
has created (literally) 1000s of such accounts (but with slightly less
spammy edits), and "we" haven't taken any action, why should we in this
case?

Simon

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