[OSM-talk] Anonymous comments on notes now disabled

James james2432 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 29 21:54:12 UTC 2019

I support this, I've even seen SEO services open notes just to have a "link
back to their site"

On Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 5:49 p.m. Frederik Ramm, <frederik at remote.org>

> Hi,
> after two years of discussing the pros and cons, a decision has now been
> reached to disallow anonymous comments on notes.
> Up until two days ago, anonymous (i.e. not logged-in) users could create
> notes and comment on existing notes; the only thing they could not do
> was close a note.
> Now, anonymous users can *still* create notes, but they cannot comment
> on or close existing notes.
> In the long discussions leading up to this decision (see
> https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/issues/1543 and
> https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/pull/1926) we
> agreed that anonymous comments on notes are rarely useful, and when they
> are, they come mostly from users who have just forgotten to log in. This
> was weighed against recent massive spam and vandalism activities which
> rendered the notes system near unusuable in some regions. Perversely, it
> is much easier to fight a vandal creating new, useless notes (by just
> closing them) than it is to clean up their droppings from existing notes.
> Bye
> Frederik
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