[Talk-us] SEO Damage to OSM

maning sambale emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com
Fri Jul 7 13:36:17 UTC 2017


Our team came across duplicated highways like this:
Based on the latest changeset, this is probably due to the revertion
of the SEO spam.
We documented the issue here: https://github.com/mapbox/mapping/issues/310

> Reverting all these edits would probably create a lot of collateral
> damage. We could manually go through them and revert all that contain
> marketing speak, but even that would probably throw out a few babies
> with the bathwater here and there. If anyone has a recommendation... I
> noticed that typical SEO content tends to begin with the business name
> ("Waldo's Warts is a health spa overlooking the beautiful parking lot of
> ...") but that's probably not a hard-and-fast marker.
> With regard to blocking or deleting accounts: DWG usually blocks
> accounts only to stop someone from doing someting or to force them to
> read a message; hence we don't see much reason in blocking month-old
> accounts that will in all likelihood never be used again. Pure spam
> accounts (usually that's diary spam) can be deleted by the admins, but
> in these cases that would actually hide the traces of spammers, since
> the edits they made would now be by user "user_1234" instead of user
> "soandsohotel" and it would be more difficult to follow their actions
> through the web interface. So I can see the frustration of spam hunters
> when the spam account is not removed, but I don't think it would
> actually help.

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