[Talk-us] SEO Damage to OSM

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Thu Jul 6 02:42:52 UTC 2017

The "mechanical Turk" term is not an ethnic slur, but instead an allusion 
to a famous 18th-century chess-playing automaton, made to resemble the 
upper body of a man in traditional Turkish clothing, mounted on a cabinet. 
It was eventually revealed to be a fake automaton, operated by a man hidden 
inside. The modern term refers to a human working a repetitive job, because 
they are cheaper than developing a computer program to do the job.


On June 30, 2017 6:23:15 PM Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 06/30/2017 07:24 PM, Ian Dees wrote:
>> Every edit was made by a new/separate user account that only ever makes
>> one edit. In most cases, these edits are useful (it's someone adding a
>> business POI) but in some cases they add the details to the wrong piece
>> of geometry.
> I see. We had a couple similar issues in the past, presumably from some
> kind of SaaS SEO tool that will automatically sign up new accounts for
> users of the tool. But we might also be dealing with "mechanical
> turk"(*) type of human work.
> These tools tend to get more sophisticated in flying under our
> collective radar, but usually not sophisticated enough to get the
> tagging quite right and avoid adding duplicate data.
> The addition of advertising copy in the changeset comment is something
> I've seen a lot (often duplicated or amended by a note or description tag).
> I wonder if downloading a changeset planet and feeding all changeset
> comments to some sort of Bayes filter could help identify more problems.
> Bye
> Frederik
> (*) Where I live this term would be considered really offensive towards
> those who do this kind of work but it seems to be the normal term in the US?
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