Dealing with destructive Pokemon Go edits

  • spadekevin
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    Hi,

    I have been doing mapping in two towns in northern California for over a year now. During that time I have mostly been the person mapping the area and have not had any problems. Three weeks ago though I noticed that someone had created a bunch of commercial land-use and industrial areas in places where they did not belong. I sent the person a message asking why they had created the area’s, since I did not want to modify their work to much without consulting them, but I never heard back. After doing some on the internet, I found out that people have been mapping land-use features wrongly for the sake of creating Pokemon Go spawn points. I am pretty sure that is what this user is doing because it fits with the halfhearted way he added things. Plus Pokemon go is mentioned in one of his comments. After doing the initial large areas of wrong mapping, he seems to have disappeared and not done anything since then. So I have started to undo his mistakes. It is a major pain though because he connected the nodes of land-use areas to so many other things and over such a large area that it is taking a lot to fix. So my question is, how should I handle situations like this in the future? Should I message the person and wait for some amount of time to hear back from them before undoing their damage even if I know for sure that their work is incorrect? Is there a way that the work they have done can be more easily rolled back without me having to spend my weekend deleting things that I shouldn’t have to? Is there a way to have that person banned if they return and start doing it again? or for that matter a way to ban other people that might come along and do similar things because they do to much damage? Finally, has anyone else had a similar problem? If so, how did you deal with it? So far its been pretty frustrating for me to deal with. So I appreciate any answers, feedback, or thoughts on the subject.

    Please help.

    I did not find the right solution from the internet.

    References:
    https://forum.openstreetmap.org/viewtopic.php?id=58828
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