[OSM-talk] Proposed repeated mechanical edit: Empty relations

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Mon Jun 16 20:17:34 UTC 2014

I'm proposing a regular mechanical edit to remove relations over two 
days old with no tags, no members, and that are version 1. The reasons 
for this are hopefully obvious. They should only exist through editor 
bugs, and contain no data from users of any kind. There are currently 
1.4k relations like this.

The technical details are at 
I've done a similar mechanical edit in the past.

In case of a conflict (another user editing them at the same time) the 
API will reject the changes and I'll just re-generate the list. I 
consider this very unlikely, as the only way you can do anything with 
the relations is to know the machine-generated ID.

Before actually conducting the edit, I want to see what editors were 
used, and submit bug reports if there's any regular problems.

I'm calling this a regular mechanical edit rather than a bot because it 
doesn't have the level of automation to be a bot.

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