[OSM-talk] Recent spikes in the use of road key

Bert -Araali- Van Opstal bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com
Thu Mar 4 19:31:41 UTC 2021

_Unwanted use of road=* key_

Taginfo: https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/road#chronology 
Overpass turbo: https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/14A0 


* Tanzania - organised mass edit / import by Facebook AI team: 
#mapwithai #Tanzania 

Request for QA improvements send with list of accounts under import 
Tanzania send to FB team leader Adiatma IRM-RV, no response yet.

* Still investigating and looking at other hotspots mostly 
geographically Europe, Indian / Chinese border and Nepal, Indonesia. 
Will update the coming days if we make significant progress.

* About 20% of issues historical QA issues resolved, spread worldwide

Credits for help in cleanup to Pierre Béland (PierZen), user_5359,

_Unwanted use of road_name=* key_

Taginfo: https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/road_name#chronology 
Overpass Turbo: https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/14A1 

Limited to 2 hotspots:Taiwan & area near Melbourne Australia.

* Taiwan: resulted from imports through unedited direct imports through 
#MapAI (FB RapID). Caused by user cmi3j89d9o which was already banned by 
the DWG for similar issues in India (duplicate account ) also remanded 
(and largely reverted) by local community for large imports of licended 
material.  Very well managed by the Taiwamese community through multiple 
reverts (> 20000 nodes / ways).

* Australia: result of old small imports from ODbl compatible data 
source. Issues will / are being resolved by the importers. Just 
overlooked it.

Credits for prompt and accurate response go to Supaplex, rennicm and 

PS to Frederik Ramm. The content of your message to reduce the "chatter" 
to daily updates is received, understood and appreciated. However the 
policy and justification is not. Maybe it's better to consider while 
most talk pages are hardly used these days, not used at all and most 
refer to external non-open source channels where our privacy gets 
breached. Come up with a plan to cope with the changing culture(s) and 
support and tools to "chatter" and communication on OSM between 
community members instead of confirming the shortcomings. It's part of 
being open to diversity and respect for the changing culture and 
emerging communities in OSM. A good read is Pierre's diary: 

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