[OSM-talk] Anonymous comments on notes now disabled

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Fri Aug 30 20:42:06 UTC 2019




30 Aug 2019, 19:58 by oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch:

> On 8/30/19 15:47, Mateusz Konieczny      wrote:
>
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>>
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>> 30 Aug 2019, 15:16 by >> talk at openstreetmap.org <mailto:talk at openstreetmap.org>>> :
>>
>>> On 29/08/2019 22:46,          Frederik Ramm wrote:
>>>
>>>> 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.
>>>>
>>>
>>> I don't understand the logic          of that. Whether a note is 5 seconds or 5 years old, it's          still "existing"  & it's content, irrelevant or no.t will          not change over time.
>>>
>> Spam in otherwise useful notes        (typically it was vandal adding multiple single letter comments
>> in all notes within region)        makes using them more frustrating and generates notifications
>> to all earlier contributors. I        was forced to autodelete all notifications about anonymous        comments,
>> so many were useless "a" spam.
>>
>> Useless note can be closed and        is quickly gone (afaik within 2 weeks by default - both in JOSM
>> and on the website). While        many notes with useful reports remain open for months and litter        there affects
>> more people.
>>
>
> Maybe it was not the vandalism but people trying to understand      the functioning of the notes & comments system? Posting single      letters does not look like a malicious vandalism.
>
>
Repeated spamming waves of single letter comments
multiple times for every note in a broad region
is clearly malicious.

Eastern Europe was especially affected.

>
> Anyway it is not relevant anymore since there will be no more      anonymous notes & comments.
>
>
Anonymous notes are not disabled.
Only anonymous comments are. 
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