[OSM-talk] Anonymous comments on notes now disabled

Oleksiy Muzalyev oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Fri Aug 30 11:11:07 UTC 2019

Good afternoon,

I think in future when there will be more space on servers it would be a 
good idea to add a possibility to attach an optional image to a note for 
the registered users.

Nowadays a lot of people do have a good camera in their pockets. After 
the note is closed down the JPG file could be deleted from the server.

For example, opening hours, the number of levels of a building, the name 
of a bus stop, etc. could be demonstrated effectively and unequivocally 
by a 100 KB image.

The modern programming languages are capable to check not only a file 
extension but to verify that it is actually the JPG or the PNG image 
file, so it is possible to create more or less effective protection 
against unlikely attacks.

I know that there are websites where street-view images could be 
uploaded, but I mean an image to illustrate the specific point of a note.

Best regards,

Oleksiy (Alex-7 at OSM)

On 29-Aug-19 23:46, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> 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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