[OSM-talk] Copy-and-paste remapping
frederik at remote.org
Mon May 28 22:17:38 BST 2012
we've had a few cases of "copy-and-paste remapping" reported to DWG,
where in a bid to "save" data from the relicensing axe over-eager
mappers copied and pasted existing data, thereby making the data look as
if it was originally contributed by them.
This is, obviously, not ok and rather than "save" anything, such actions
stop others from properly remapping the area (because it all looks
clean), and comes back to haunt us later, tarnishinig OSM's reputation.
Later removal of such data will have a knock-on effect of all that has
been built on top. Don't do it.
Where cases of copy-and-paste remapping are detected, the changesets in
question can be added to the list on this wiki page
and will then be treated during the relicensing process as "tainted",
i.e. the data created in these changesets will not be kept.
There are two drawbacks to this:
1. OSM Inspectors's license change view does not take this list into
account, i.e. the areas thus "remapped" still look clean on OSMI even
though they will be dropped later.
2. An object that has been edited by non-agreers and agreers alike might
be partly saved in the license change; however if the object is deleted
and re-created in a copy-and-paste action and the changeset flagged as
tainted, then the object will be gone completely.
Again - don't do it.
Frederik Ramm ## eMail frederik at remote.org ## N49°00'09" E008°23'33"
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