[Talk-us] Help fight advertising

Jordan Brod jordan.brod at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 00:08:31 UTC 2018

I went looking for any information printed in guidelines or code of conduct
about advertising in the attributes of a feature and I couldn't find where
it is approved/prohibited or even mentioned.  Does anybody know where the
rule against this is?

On Mar 18, 2018 6:42 PM, "Shawn K. Quinn" <skquinn at rushpost.com> wrote:

> On 03/01/2018 04:44 PM, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> > there have also been situations where a local mapper had diligently
> > copied a business's sales slogan into the description tag and was
> > then upset to see this removed.
> If they are upset about it, tough turkey, it doesn't belong there.
> > As more and more SEO firms start dumping their stuff onto OSM (and
> > here I am not talking about those who actually talk to us and listen,
> > but those who don't care), this is becoming a fight that needs to be
> > fought by the community as a whole.
> My approach this morning was different. I did an Overpass query for a
> huge chunk of Texas (west of San Antonio, then going east including
> Austin, Houston, and most suburbs, going to somewhere east of Beaumont)
> for anything with a description tag. I then saved the layer from JOSM
> and edited each occurrence of the description tag by hand (which also
> made it easier to do things like just change "description" to "name"). I
> made a few other related edits and submitted as changeset 57284276.
> Generally speaking, I purged anything that looked like it was trying to
> sell me on the business, including ad-copy-like descriptions of local
> libraries. I also deleted any description=* that was duplicative of the
> content of name=* or which added no useful information, and added
> appropriate tags where description=* had been used by a sloppy/lazy
> mapper to say things like "bowling alley" or to include opening hours.
> By the time I had gotten around to doing this, I had completely
> forgotten about the CSV export, though I was able to go through the
> entire chunk I had exported with my text editor in the span of a
> half-hour or so (I did a search for "description" and just kept hitting
> "next match" when ready to move on).
> My Java programming skills are nearly non-existent, but it is tempting
> to (re-)learn enough to write a plugin to automate the process from
> within JOSM, perhaps naming it something like "AdTerminator".
> --
> Shawn K. Quinn <skquinn at rushpost.com>
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