[Talk-us] Taking a break and a call for help

brad bradhaack at fastmail.com
Sun Mar 22 00:45:44 UTC 2020

How can I tell who is a one-edit-and-done spam, amazon logistics 
account, and who is a first edit noob?

On 3/20/20 5:07 PM, Paul Johnson wrote:
> So, you all know at this point that I've been heavily invested in 
> editing OSM and contributing to my maximum activity, less as a need to 
> help a charity and more of an obligation to the public to do the most 
> good with the short time I have on this planet.  However, I've had a 
> few events come up that are more or less killing my ability to keep up.
> I'm taking a step back from being the primary editor in the Oklahoma 
> region until this passes.
> 3) Amazon Logistics and a revolving door team of one-edit-and-done 
> spam accounts keeps throwing paid contributions into Oklahoma that are 
> of poorly aligned, largely fictional and low quality.  I'm stuck 
> cleaning up in a neglected part of North America some particularly low 
> quality edits with limited resources and little ability to find more.  
> I hope other contributors can help keep abreast and I hope OSM 
> Foundation can help keep paid contributors to account.  I don't think 
> it's unreasonable to think that paid mapper should be contributing 
> /far/ higher quality data than your average volunteer first time 
> mapper, and I think OSM needs to have a serious conversation about 
> minimum qualifications for paid mapping that I simply don't have the 
> time or energy for at this point.  Dealing with this (and staying 
> abreast extensive OkTrans highway modernization efforts lately) have 
> been a major part of my editing (and while OkTrans is unavoidable, 
> Amazon is inexcusable).
> 2) My truck was stolen last night 
> <https://social.tulsa.ok.us/@BalooUriza/103855930214022255>, along 
> with the dashcams I use for Mapillary, essentially making long range 
> surveying impossible and imperiling my survival since, if for nothing 
> else, I need to hit Costco for restocking my pantry and storeroom.  As 
> such, I had to call off work and spent most of the day today dealing 
> with the police today.
> 1) I work in the IT department of a major regional hospital on the 
> front lines of the COVID-19 response in the US.  My vacation at the 
> end of next month, and my weekends for the next two months, have been 
> cancelled, and I'm expected to work 8+ hours a day, 7 days a week to 
> help keep things up and running so the medical staff don't have to 
> think about the computers.
> I really hope OSMF and the DWG takes a good, hard and critical look at 
> dealing with the low quality edits from Amazon and spammers while I 
> deal with acquiring another (or, best case, my stolen) pickup and 
> dealing with my professional life.
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