[OSM-talk] Anonymous comments on notes now disabled
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:
>> 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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