[OSM-talk] Mechanical edits

Michael Reichert nakaner at gmx.net
Mon Jun 29 15:12:24 UTC 2015

Hi Andrew,

Am 2015-06-29 um 17:01 schrieb Andrew MacKinnon:
> I admit that I have been guilty of doing inappropriate mechanical
> edits in the past, but I am wondering: is it time that OSM implements
> controls on doing mechanical edits in the API? In other words, should
> OSM implement a feature in the API that bans doing edits over a
> certain size (perhaps 5 degrees latitude or 5 degrees longitude, with
> larger amounts of longitude allowed near the north and south pole as
> this would make editing there impossible otherwise), with exceptions
> for administrators/designated users? Would this cause so much of a
> problem for legitimate users that this is a bad idea?

A large bounding box of a changeset is not a proof that the edit is
mechanical. There are also users at OSM who first edit an object in
Europe and afterwards in America before they upload their changes. (This
usually happens if the user uses JOSM oder Potlatch 2) On the other
hand, it is possible that a users who performs a mechanical edit uploads
his changes in small chunks, each having a small bounding box (few
square kilometers).

Adding such a feature just increase the amount of work of a group of
"administrators". Every user who wants to legallay perform a mechanical
edit has to get additional rights granted.

That's why I think that there should be no restriction on API side.
Either people realize that mechanical edits have to be disussed first
(after revert of their first undiscussed mechanical edit) or they get
blocked if they refuse contact with the community.

Best regards


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