[Talk-us] SEO Damage to OSM

Ian Dees ian.dees at gmail.com
Fri Jun 30 16:52:44 UTC 2017

I fixed just about all of the problems east of the Mississippi.

It'd probably be worth doing a more in-depth analysis on these SEO edits at
some point. They all seem to add similar tags, use Sentence Case in user
names, and only have one edit.

On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 12:21 PM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us>

> 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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