[OSM-talk] Anonymous comments on notes now disabled

Michał Brzozowski www.haxor at gmail.com
Sat Aug 31 08:39:13 UTC 2019


It seems a reasonable option, but we better make sure that users are aware
they need to log in! For now judging from the patch I don't see any new
messages, but I stand to be corrected.

Another thing on top of my head - having commented/fixed many MAPS.ME
notes, it seems that people using maps.me have a hard time logging in -
even though they have an account!
My "conspiracy theory" is they receive an e-mail on a smartphone and then
the rather suboptimal mobile UX of osm.org doesn't help them log in.

Another part of the theory trying to explain their overall low response
rate is their Gmail puts it in "Notifications" category (which without
explicit setting won't make a push message). They're somehow conditioned to
ignore it.


On Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 11:49 PM Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> 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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