[OSM-talk] Detrimental validation software

Alex Barth alex at mapbox.com
Mon Oct 13 17:19:27 UTC 2014

Dave -

Alex here, I work with Richman (user account RichRico). Thanks for
reporting. Looking into these issues now. Let me get back to you.

The thread you opened here on talk exposed a weakness in our data team
policy - you had no way to actually find from Richman's profile to my
contact to properly escalate an issue. I'l make sure we properly link from
user profiles to this policy so it's clear for people on how to get in
touch if unexpected things are happening.

[1] http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/lxbarth/diary/23801

On Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 6:48 AM, Dave F. <davefox at madasafish.com> wrote:

>  Hi
> Once again I've had user Richrico use this website:
> http://osmlab.github.io/to-fix/?error=unconnected_major5 to inaccurately
> amend data in OSM.
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/65398595#map=19/51.32464/-2.22817
> Way: 65398595 This way is *not* joined.
> For clarification: http://goo.gl/maps/FHp4z
> I've tried to contact him previously, but he failed to respond. I've just
> sent him a second message.
> This, & other similar types of software is being misused to insert errors
> into the OSM database.
> Without local knowledge there is no way users can be sure of the accuracy
> of there edits. They should stick to what they know. I believe this type of
> validation software should be discouraged, if not banned completely.
> I'm getting bored of my OSM time being taken up chasing after users who
> are semi-deliberately adding errors.
> Oh, & on Maproulette I'm getting a virus warning: hxxp://
> Regards
> Dave F.
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