[Talk-us] NYC Name Vandalism

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Wed Sep 5 14:51:11 UTC 2018

osmcha (osmcha.mapbox.com) already does most of this. While detecting
vandalism in general is difficult, edits like those in question are easy
to detect and small in number.

IMHO it really isn't an issue with openstreetmap in this case, as even
with the delay (somebody reported the user in question instead of
reverting and then reporting) in the specific case the vandalism was
swiftly removed. The reason that this is being discussed at all is
because of the edit resurfacing with a third party and having to be a)
detected, b) reported, and c) fixed again. Yes what we know this was a
glitch in the third parties workflow, but they are bound to happen and
we shouldn't pretend given the large number of edits that any procedures
put in place are going to be 100% effective, be it directly with OSM or
by third parties. 


Am 05.09.2018 um 16:23 schrieb Greg Troxel:
> I tend to agree that automated systems are going to be not that useful.
> I tend to notice some things in my area, but it's hard to keep track.
> This makes me wonder about a tool that
>   - lets people sign up to watch edits, in some area, or in general,
>     sort of like maproulette.   Use some scoring system where new
>     mappers edits are more likely to be looked at by somebody, and
>     people who claim an area as theirs are more likely to get shown
>     edits there, or maybe let people get all edits in some bbox
>   - lets people give a rating to a changeset, something like:
>        i) high priority for inspection by others
>        ii) worthy of being checked by a local
>        iii) probably ok
>        iv) definitely ok
>   - presents things to multiple people
>   - somehow uses a rater's own edit history to validate this (perhaps be
>     cautious about people with < 500 changesets, and very cautious < 50)
> This is a slippery slope to a reputation system, but I think in terms of
> culture, the fact that anybody can review is there already, and the
> bright line is needing permission to change things, vs a more efficient
> way of others looking over changes.
> Unfortunately my editor crashed and I lost the source code :-)
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