[OSM-talk] Zero tolerance on imports

Daniel Sabo danielsabo at gmail.com
Sun Feb 20 03:24:51 GMT 2011


On Feb 19, 2011, at 4:27 PM, Nic Roets wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 2:03 AM, Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net> wrote:
>> This is getting crazy.
>> 
>> Exhibit 1:
>> http://twitter.com/#!/maproomblog/status/39053538692698112
>> 
>> "Whoever imported CanVec in Aylmer, Quebec obliterated hours of work and
>> introduced hundreds of errors. #osm #openstreetmap #whybother"
>> 
>> Once again, some keyboard jockey has decided that his l337 import skills are
>> better than the knowledge and hours of work by a local mapper. The offender
>> appears to be user 'sammuell' by the look of it -
>> http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/sammuell - though he hasn't posted
>> anything about his activities on the user page, the wiki, or indeed
>> anywhere.

And has anyone bothered to email him and ask whats up? Maybe he honestly thought the CanVec data was better that what was there?

> I would consider that immediate ground for reverting it.

I would think (or at least hope) that this kind of bad import would be less of an issue if the revert tools were not so arcane. My previous attempts are reverting stuff have always ended up with manual XML fiddling to get the desired results.

It would be good to provide the user who made the changes with an easy "undo" button on the web interface, at least if they realized their error before other modifications where made to it.

> But Samuel has made over 500 changesets in the 3 years he's been
> active and most of them are normal edits. Which means a normal dispute
> resolution process may be advisable.
> 
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