[OSM-talk] Mechanical Edit?

Amanda McCann amanda at technomancy.org
Mon Jul 26 10:57:42 UTC 2021

I don't really think this is a bad type of change or edit.

I think the large bboxes are bad, and that one should split it into many smaller individual changesets.

However, I've often used overpass turbo to find particular tagging issues, then opened them up in JOSM and fixed things up. e.g. "nodes tagged building=yes".  Many people make edits

We can all agree that something tagged `color` and not `colour` is almost certainly wrong? For some things there is disagreement about which type of tagging is best (e.g. `phone` vs `contact: phone`), and then doing this sort of mass edit is bad. 

On Sun, 25 Jul 2021 18:01 +02:00, Mike Thompson <miketho16 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Would the following be considered a "mechanical edit" and fall under 
> the "Automated edits code of conduct"?   
> 1. Browse Taginfo & Wiki for common tagging mistakes and deprecated 
> tags.    
> 2. Run a global query with overpass-turbo.eu,   
> 3. Load in JOSM.   
> 4. ctrl+F --> color=* and colour=* --> remove color=*.  (e.g.)   
> 5. Press upload just to run the validator.    
> 6. Update some outdated roof tags (like building:roof:shape=*) in the 
> same way with ctrl+F.    
> 7. Fix other issues that the validator picks up.   
> 8. Run the validator again to check if the fixes work.    
> 9. Upload all changes.    
> It seems that this is what user Friendly_Ghost is doing[0]
> The original issue was the large geographic extent, but when 
> Friendly_Ghost protested that it would be too much work to break the 
> changeset into smaller pieces, I started to suspect a mechanical edit, 
> and they seemed to have confirmed as much by providing their workflow, 
> which is summarized above.
> Mike T (osm: tekim)
> [0] e.g. https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/108430155
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