The "OSM Standard tile layer" looks wrong (white lines, abusive comments etc.)

I am seeing this everywhere now, Switzerland, Norway, France, California. Any page I go to I see these fake roads that are not complete.

Moderation: Map image with inappropriate and offensive street names removed

i first discovered this vandalism in legazpi, gipuzkoa but “query features” doesn’t show any roads so i can’t revert it.

Moderation: Map image with inappropriate and offensive street names removed

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Showing a screenshot of some random spot somewhere in the world is not helpful in trying to check if there’s actually vandalism or just map tiles need to be regenerated.
Give way id or at the very least gps coordinates.

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I have found a number of inappropriate features (white lines placed horizontally and diagonally) on the map in the vicinity of N 41° 08.122 W 074° 17.305.

Each includes the name Andy Townshend and an obscenity or a pejorative. They are visible at the 1,000’ magnification, but not below. I am not able to see them in edit mode.

Below is a screen grab showing the features:

Moderation: Map image with inappropriate and offensive street names removed

I hope someone is able to remove them from the map and review any other edits placed by that user.

Thank you for looking into this.

Bill in NJ

I have now set another force expire of old cache. The vandalism should mostly no longer be visible.

Update: The force expire is struggling because the load on the render servers is now very high. In some cases “Dirty” tiles are being served due to load, and these may still contain vandalism. Hopefully the ratio of dirty tiles decreases over the next few hours.

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I just discovered a mass spam of nonexistent roads with inappropriate names.
I don’t want to give examples as it’s not something I feel comfortable saying, but I attached a few screenshots.
I’m a new user so I’m only able to attach one screenshot. This one is in Bridgeport, Alabama. But they seem to be all over the world
This is a very annoying issue when using this site and it’s something you should please fix.

(I hope this is the right place to post this as I don’t see a report an error page)

Please see here for details.

Hello,

I was working on a map in QGIS with an OpenStreetMap background. I was working near Maastricht (South-Netherlands) and between the GPS coordinates 50.87531, 5.72567 and 50.87302, 5.74033, someone has written some text that most likely shouldn’t be there. Could this be fixed?

Thank you,
Milan Holsgens

Please check: The "OSM Standard tile layer" looks wrong (white lines, abusive comments etc.)

TLDR, vandalism already been fixed

To prevent this type of vandalism in the future, would it perhaps be possible to block edits from being made that contain certain offensive words/phrases.

And possibly make it impossible for new users to edit roads in a way that they span the entire globe.

Or is it not possible to implement safeguards like this? I know that it was identified and taken care of very quickly, but prevention is better than cure :grin:

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That particular restriction can be easily circumvented by just creating a new node on a way instead, and moving that one thousands of kilometers of way.

However, new users – and old ones alike – should have no business even creating a changeset whose extent spans hundreds of kilometers. Either they are touching unrelated objects many miles away, or they are messing with very large features, which should not be a newbie’s business.

Humbly taking myself as a use case, I don’t recall that any of my ~5500 changesets (very large on average) spanned more than ~100 km (and even those were about country borders or river relations). The largest ones were when I was deleting someone else’s megaobjects.

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I’d suggest creating a separate topic in this forum to discuss those questions - in particular to discuss how to change how the OSM API could detect examples of problems.

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Same here, the only times my changesets spanned over 200km is when I accidentally created two objects on separate continents because I forgot to save my changes from before, and when I touched a relation that spanned half of France (But that was a legit edit).

in particular to discuss how to change how the OSM API could detect examples of problems.

I don’t have any knowledge about the API, but I guess I could create a topic to discuss it.

I think that it does make sense to separate “I’ve seen a problem, help!” from longer term “how do we change how OSM works with new users” (changes to what the API allows).

Knowledge of how a request to upload data is handled in OSM helps (and I don’t have much of that) but even without it’s still possible to discuss the impact of changes on genuine new users.

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Somebody put made up streets with derogatory names. Its only on zoom 16 layer and on small area but would be nice if that could be changed. Here is the location OpenStreetMap

Thank you in advance,
Kind regards.

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Try refreshing with f5, the vandalism has been reverted already.