[OSM-talk] Automated edits code of conduct
chris_hormann at gmx.de
Mon Jul 11 08:36:28 UTC 2016
Another thought: maybe it would be helpful to think of the DWG work as
some kind of fire brigade rather than police. They do not work to
enforce formal laws but are around in case something disruptive to
normal mapping activities happens too severe for the individual mappers
to deal with. If during this work some unintended damage happens that
is generally accepted.
In this light it might also be better to consider the Automated Edit
rules as documentation of the de facto consensus on the line between
normal uncritical edits and problematic ones that mappers frequently
find disruptive to their work and that have therefore - based on past
experience - been found to be required to follow a special procedure.
And Frederiks recent edit of the page with those rules in my eyes does
not change the rules, it just documents a fact that is probably obvious
to anyone who has ever reverted a changeset before. It does not move
the actual line between normal edits and automated edits in any way.
If you think this line should be drawn differently i think this should
be openly discussed (based on a specific suggestion of course - not
just general dissatisfaction) but this would need to take into account
the practical experience of the DWG of course.
There is another line by the way between normal edits and vandalism
which is essentially defined through the Verifiability principle. And
just like with automated edits - if you find a user doing lots of bogus
edits with a few correct ones mixed in between you can - no matter if
you are a normal mapper or DWG - revert those changes in total (after
trying to talk to the user of course). There have been in the past a
few cases where the ratio between factual and bogus edits approaches
unity and where therefore there has been discussion how to deal with
that. But as far as i can see none of the changes mentioned in this
thread can be considered borderline cases in that regard.
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