The current implementation of the “Report User” feature in OSM does not appear to notify the originator of the process.
I have used it several times to report spammers, and it seems to have been effective. However, I never received any email notifications regarding the reports. I had to manually search for the conflicting comments in the original changeset and find the user ID.
I have reported the issue and a posted a technical proposal in OSM website repository:
Should I assume the messages are read internally by DWG who then take action ?
I am aware of the direct DWG email route, but I want to make it simpler and more functional for new OSM users.
If the email option is truly the preferred method, I would suggest instead that the “Report User” link launches a new pre-formatted email with a copy (cc) of the original email user included.
Last time I used the DWG account directly (given in a wiki page). Got near instant reply and follow up. This regarded spammers hooking up to very big semi-global bound box CSs. The other details I’ll not mention as you don’t want to make them any the wiser. They read too.
That’s interesting and, if true, good to know.
In the past I quickly spun up a message to the DWG when I stumbled across spam.
But if there is a different set of people working the “report user” traffic and they are more suited to deal with spam I’ll happily change my behavior.