[Talk-us] Help fight advertising

OSM Volunteer stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Fri Mar 2 00:36:00 UTC 2018

Sent to Bright Valley Marketing via their website Contact text box:

How can you help me?  More like how can YOU help Bright Valley Marketing?!

OK:  you can stop putting advertising into your clients' OpenStreetMap (OSM) nodes.  Phone, website, opening_hours, addr: fields:  those are all OK.  The breezy text in the note: field that not only smacks of advertising but actually goes way too far and BECOMES advertising, especially in a volunteer and non-profit project like OSM:  No.  Absolutely, positively, no.  Also, the payment field should not say a single word about financing, especially business-offered financing.  This crosses the line into sleazy, many are watching what you are doing here.

We are asking you politely to stop doing this.  Starting right now.  Please reply to this so I know you have received this message.  I will likely accept your apology for abusing our project should you have the honor to offer one and it accompanies your understanding to cease and desist these practices.

OpenStreetMap volunteer

(A little harsh?  Maybe.  Maybe not.)

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