Talk:Quick History Service

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Issues to be decided

I would like to see a category "issues to be decided / open questions" in the main part

The fact that brought this up to my mind are coastlines like this one:
http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/3751846/history
see at bottom
created_by = r_coastlines
natural = coastline
source = PGS

or some other example from osm directly:

 <node id="18597119" version="1" timestamp="2006-10-19T13:29:31Z" changeset="135225" lat="43.303849" lon="-77.750422">
<tag k="created_by" v="r_coastlines"/>
<tag k="source" v="PGS"/>
</node>


There is no user given, but the source seem to be "open".

A lot of this data show aup in red, see eg.
http://tools.geofabrik.de/osmi/?view=wtfe&lon=-76.57249&lat=43.38554&zoom=11&opacity=1.00&overlays=overview,wtfe_point_harmless,wtfe_line_harmless,wtfe_point_modified,wtfe_line_modified_cp,wtfe_line_modified,wtfe_point_created,wtfe_line_created_cp,wtfe_line_created
--Fx99 05:22, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

Possible "Bot" Changesets

User: ulfl

  • Many changesets by User ulfl seem to be computer generated bugfixes. Contacted him asking for help in separating these from his "human" contribution but no reply so far. --Frederik Ramm 22:23, 27 December 2011 (UTC)

User: John Smith

JohnSmith did a few very large changesets which are suspected to be automated tag changes and therefore trivial:

changeset objects changed what changed? trivial edit? (wiki) user looking at the changeset added to main page?
1736233 (Visualise) 3 nodes, 2 ways, 1 relation No
1930664 (Visualise) 1 node, 15 ways No
1930678 (Visualise) 2 nodes, 6 ways No
1930685 (Visualise) 1 node, 2 ways No
1930707 (Visualise) 2 ways No
4754878 (Visualise) 1252 nodes imported GPS monitoring stations Yes mdk Yes
4757013 (Visualise) 2152 nodes, 7633 relations imported broadcasting stations No
4762601 (Visualise) 835 nodes imported Australian weather stations No
4779256 (Visualise) 2164 nodes, 11 ways changes to imported GPS monitoring stations No
4872849 (Visualise) 151 nodes import of seismic monitoring stations No
4874023 (Visualise) 685 nodes deleted previously imported gps monitoring stations No
4920820 (Visualise) 136 nodes, 31 ways near-global changeset including some Australian buildings and on element in Texas. No user:Cobra No
5108182 (Visualise) 2350 nodes, 3347 ways fixme tag for sport=football; created_by removal Yes user:g0ldfish Yes
5109183 (Visualise) 213 nodes, 1009 ways added fixme="sport=rugby is ambiguous, see http://wiki.osm.org/wiki/Tag:sport%3Drugby for more details" to sport=rugby; note: based on few samples. Yes user:Cobra No
5339329 (Visualise) 5726 nodes, 126 ways amenity=fire_hydrant -> emergency=fire_hydrant; mixed changeset of normal and mechanic edits - all phones were marked as clean --Cobra 19:24, 27 March 2012 (BST) yes/no user:Cobra fixed
5341853 (Visualise) 781 nodes amenity=emergency_phone -> emergency=phone - all modified objects are affected by another mixed changeset. Yes user:Cobra fixed
5342181 (Visualise) 134 nodes, 25 ways amenity=ambulance_station, amenity=ems -> emergency=ambulance_station Yes user:Cobra Yes
5344518 (Visualise) 874 nodes, 15 ways re-added amenity=emergency_phone mixed changeset of normal and mechanic edits - all phones were marked as clean --Cobra 14:53, 27 March 2012 (BST) yes/no user:Cobra fixed
5344848 (Visualise) 11204 nodes, 11 ways emergency=phone added to everything tagged amenity=emergency_phone Yes user:Cobra Yes
5352774 (Visualise) 69 nodes, 4 ways shop=delicatessen -> shop=deli Yes user:Cobra Yes
5356742 (Visualise) 3985 nodes In a previous changeset the mapper replaced amenity=fire_hydrant with emergency=fire_hydrant; in the linked changeset he re-added amenity=fire_hydrant Yes user:malenki Yes
5356852 (Visualise) 23 nodes emergency=fire_hydrant added to amenity=fire_hydrant Yes user:Cobra Yes
5357611 (Visualise) 8 nodes, 3 ways shop=toy -> shop=toys Yes user:Cobra Yes

Please note: this table above lists changesets on http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/JohnSmith/edits until page 500 (changeset 1418861 on June 04, 2009 07:30) with a more or less global BBOX. There are some changesets like 5171128 (Visualise) (maxspeed=50 added to highway=residential, source: default maxspeed) which seem to be automatic changes as well, but these are limited to Australia. They could be investigated as well.

Stupid dupe node removal changesets

http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/johnsdixon/edits As much as I'd like these to be reverted, there would be way too much collateral damage. --NE2 20:11, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

Don't worry. That guy accepted about 1 month ago. ;) -- rickmastfan67 12:56, 27 March 2012 (BST)

"Importing EPA hazard sites"

Most of these have been deleted, but some have been repurposed, e.g. http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/node/586930968/history --NE2 16:12, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

More dupe merging

http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/sachsenheim/edits --NE2 20:37, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

Another User that did Abbreviation Expansion

I've just noticed another user besides balrog-kun that did several Abbreviation Expansions here in the USA who declined the CT. The user is Rosscoe. Here's an example changeset that he did: 5128573 (Visualise). He's done at least 20+ such changesets in the past that just expanded the street type (Hwy > Highway; St > Street; Rd > Road; etc). I don't think they are bot edits, but I'm not 100% sure on this since some of the streets are just so randomly changed, but who knows.
Can somebody please comment on this if you know if this was a bot edit or not?
Still, this decliner's account might be worth a second look to find out how many of these "Replace Abbreviations" changesets he did, and which ones could be considered as "clean". -- rickmastfan67 08:39, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

This user has a total of 1,100 changesets that have a comment with the word "abbreviation" in them. However 580 of the changesets only have 5 or fewer objects in them. Others are obviously combined with other mapping activities that are not trivial. It's almost as if this user used "remove abbreviations" as a default changeset comment for a while... it may be more work than it is worth to filter through them all. Here are 13 changesets that have over 300 objects in them if someone wants to investigate. ToeBee 10:00, 26 March 2012 (BST)
4872324 (Visualise) 4872807 (Visualise) 4873206 (Visualise) 6878249 (Visualise) 6911777 (Visualise) 6974157 (Visualise) 6977766 (Visualise) 6979026 (Visualise) 6984154 (Visualise) 6984662 (Visualise) 6984843 (Visualise) 7205219 (Visualise) 7922039 (Visualise)
I just took a quick look at the changesets you posted above, and all of them are normal mapping in Australia. -- rickmastfan67 10:17, 26 March 2012 (BST)
I just took a more in depth look and as far as I can tell, he did the US changing of abbreviations on July 3rd and 4th of 2010. I'm going to go make a list of those changesets to be added to the main page. -- rickmastfan67 10:37, 26 March 2012 (BST)
Alright, I've isolated all of his US abbreviation edits. I didn't do all of the ones that are clean in Australia, but there are a few intertwined in with the US ones I posted (I made sure every change set was abbreviation expansion ONLY and no normal mapping in them). Here's the list of the mostly US edits. -- rickmastfan67 15:14, 26 March 2012 (BST)

lmaa_du_osm-korinthenkacker and related vandalizing accounts

This user did a lot of copy-paste edits to appear as the creator of objects. He first copied a bunch of objects, deleted them and re-uploaded them again as v1 created by him. This should be a list of pairwise copy-delete-paste changesets.

4643195+4643191, 4643165+4643162, 4643082+4643076, 4643020+4643009, 4642961+4642954, 4642914+4642910, 4642856+4642840, 4642748+4642739, 4642748+4642739, 3077264+3076946, 4887233+4887242, 4522394+4522391, 4515386+4515364, 4515404+4515412, 4515419+4515426, 5800491+5800491,

suspicious changesets with deletions and roughly the same number of v1 objects:

3070166 3070136 3056207 2899345 2829715 2857203 2857166 2818617

many deleted objects, no creations:

2828510

Other suspicious changesets:

  • 3086939 worldwide
  • 3084257 near-worldwide
  • 3052777 near-worldwide
  • 2898478 large area , roughly all of bavaria
  • 2671043 Europe
  • 2717728 2773292 2773374 2773624 2785814 2787978 various parts of Germany
  • 2711481 2711457 2704245 2704130 2703918 2703768 2703276 2702794 2701530 worldwide
  • 4334877 4281484 4263262 4234529 4166047 4147795 4147654 4147536 4147472