[OSM-talk] bot vandalism

Matt Williams lists at milliams.com
Mon Oct 12 09:40:33 BST 2009

2009/10/12 Apollinaris Schoell <aschoell at gmail.com>:
> I know it has been discussed before but found a lot of broken data created
> by bot bugbuster and this is important enough to bring it up again.
> There was some lame response but never really an explanation what this bot
> is doing. Some edits are correct others are not.
> There is little information in the wiki that there has been some bug fixes.
> But how can I know if the bot doesn't break my fixed data again.
> Should we allow bots at all? Sure if they are useful and documented. But
> there should be a need to do a quality check and review first before someone
> is allowed to run a bot against the whole planet.
> this bot does so many edits and it's very difficult to even find all the bad
> edits in a flood of edits.
> Is this a candidate for the new block feature to stop the bot until it's
> clearly documented and approved by voting or an other form of agreement?

I guess this is a good topic for
http://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/moderation/. It's worth at
least notifying those on that list of this conver

Matt Williams

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