[Talk-us] reporting Pokemon Go related vandalism (Jack Burke)

OSM Volunteer stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Wed Mar 15 02:55:46 UTC 2017

I just bumped into what appears to be a new Pokemon Go-inspired volunteer (https://www.osm.org/user/Sentinelprimek, joined OSM just yesterday) editing near me in Silicon Valley and San Diego at the UCSD campus, where I'm also familiar.

In case you are wondering what to look for, it seems having a footpath in a NAMED park (or meadow?), perhaps near a body of water in that park, (or "birthing" all of those together) is what spawns a Pokemon "nest," so that is a theme in many or most of these sorts of edits.  If you see a new user naming parks and adding odd bodies of water or random meadows, especially with crazy footways, drop them a line via OSM missive.  The friendly-yet-firm one I sent initially welcomed him or her to OSM in a genuine way, then in no uncertain terms said "OSM is a real map for real people to use for real things in the real world.  It is not a toy or game.  The OSM community has been watching your edits closely and it looks like you are adding erroneous entries to our shared map to further your enjoyment of a video game.   Please stop this.  This your first and only warning."

Your mileage may vary.


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