Looks like #Facebook trampling over #OpenStreetMap, and dumping poor data into the commons, is getting some attention and write ups.
@rory I remember one of the Thai people here complaining a lot about that at the time. But I thought they were complaining about low-pay people in other countries manually doing edits?
Are these edits reverted yet?
@loke The initial FB import was done in Egypt sneakily, and that was reverted ( https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17856687 ). FB had to be dragged kicking and screaming to have some humans in the loop for Thailand, and the data quality is still poor. Those edits haven't been reverted.
Grab/GlobalLogic are other paid mappers who are messing up other countries.
(GL tried to sneakily buy votes for the OSM Foundation election last Dec.)
@rory this sounds like some AI led accounts should have had blocks against them by DWG.
@InsertUser that's... a very controversial decision. 😉 And there are many people, groups and companies who want more of this sort of data and activity in OSM, who want more coverage, faster.
@rory More coverge is worse than useless if the data is junk. If the problems are big as described then it sounds like they have set loose a very sofisticated spam bot.
@InsertUser Y'know you should email the DWG to tell them. They only act on complaints and the more people who complain the better.
@rory if they do it near me I think I will
@InsertUser OSM is a map of locals, so I'm sure a local community objecting would be listened to more by DWG.
Then again, the messed up Thailand despite how much the local community objected.