Mass imports in the USA messing with wikipedia links

So, I was doing some QA work on links to Wikipedia articles a while ago and noticed that an account by the name of calimoto - Motorcycle Team - Marek has been doing mass imports of mountain passes and saddles in the United States for at least a few weeks now, which unfortunately led to them also importing a bunch of dead links to non-exiting Wikipedia articles.

I had a look through the Wiki and mailing list, but I can’t find anything about them or their edits anywhere. Except they added themselves to Organised Editing/Activities a few days ago with the comment that they have contacted the community in the United States. Although there doesn’t seem to be a link to documentation page or anything along with it. So I’m wondering if anyone from the community has been contacted by them or if any knows anything else about them that might be useful in determining if they are following the proper procedures for mass imports. Since them adding the hundreds of dead Wikipedia links isn’t super great and makes me wonder if they ignored other things when doing the imports. The fact that there doesn’t appear to be any documentation about what they are doing is also concerning.


Something that is worth mentioning is that the user has been contacted already with changeset comments, but is unresponsive.

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in such case: write to DWG (or use “report user” button)

best include example of changeset comment that was ignored and link to edits made after comment was made

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I reported them a few days ago but I haven’t heard anything back yet it. It seems like reporting someone can be pretty hit or miss sometimes. I was at least hoping maybe someone from the mapping community in the United States might know something about them in the meantime since they claim they were in contact with regional mappers and what not.

Changeset: 128638099 | OpenStreetMap. They have made a ton of edits since then. I don’t have time to look through them to see if they are still adding bad Wikipedia links though.

BTW, they are where the 159 errors in Oregon from your validator came from. I’m hoping either they will clean it up themselves or someone from the DWG will revert the edits. Although from what I can tell the mistake was made in 159 individual edits, which I assume won’t be super easy to fix regardless of how it’s done. I rather not fix them all manually myself if I don’t have to though :roll_eyes:

you can try giving them link to that listing and ask to repair broken data

yes, sometimes there is no reaction - and after two weeks I tend to submit followup mail

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The problem is you reported it as “other” which means it winds up in the administrator queue not the DWG queue. I’ve moved it now.

I didn’t think of that. Good idea. Maybe they will be more inclined to fix the data if it’s in a nice sorted list for them.

Oh, I didn’t know that’s how things work. Thanks for moving it :+1: