1.3.4. Moderation and rollback rules for edits

When checking if edits are correct, we recommend using:

Check the date snapshots were taken to be sure information is up-to-date.

See also section 3.1.2.1. Sources of information.

1.3.4.1. Moderation rules for edits

When moderating edits, you must follow certain rules.

1.3.4.1.1
When creating an existing or mappable object, if an error is made in the geometry drawing or object attributes, you need to fix them and confirm the edits you made.

For example:

  • If you create an address point called “building 48” in a courtyard, meaning it violates the address point placement (see point 3.5.1.2) and address attribute (see 3.5.2. Rules for address attributes) rules, you need to move the address point and change its name.
  • If you map a an “industry” type building on the location of a residential building, you need to change the building type from “industry” to “residential” (see 3.4.2.1. Type).
1.3.4.1.2
If the quality of the item improves overall but some inaccuracies remain in the shape, you can approve the edit without waiting for additional changes.

For example:

  • The shape for a vegetation or hydrography type item was edited, but only part of the polygon was fixed.
  • Item attributes were edited, but the item geometry wasn't fixed.
1.3.4.1.3
If the edit introduced both improvements and new inaccuracies, you should fix the inaccuracies and accept the edit.

In extreme cases, you can roll back the edit if it would take too long to fix the inaccuracies. However, you then have to make the improvements in another edit that were lost during the rollback.

1.3.4.2. Communication rules for moderators

When moderating edits, if you encounter an inaccuracy left by a user, you should inform them in the edit they made (whether the edit is approved or rolled back).

You must inform the user of the inaccuracy they made in the following cases:
  • This is a recurring error.
  • The edit is rolled back and the preset rollback description doesn't sufficiently describe the inaccuracy.
  • The user re-edits the item after the inaccuracy was fixed.

Please keep in mind that most inaccuracies are unintentional (excluding rare cases of vandalism). This means that you should respect the effort users put into improving maps, try to provide useful information with every edit, give feedback, and do all you can to prevent users from repeating the mistakes they made. This is as important for the moderator as handling the edits themselves.

1.3.4.3. Rollback rules for edits

Edits can only be rolled back with a preset reason given in the cases listed below.

Attention. You cannot change the reason an edit is rolled back. Please choose them responsibly.
1.3.4.3.1. Creating duplicates

The item already exists on the map. Item removed as a duplicate.

Used for rolling back the creation of a duplicate that copies an existing item.

Note. Please make sure the duplicate doesn't contain any updated information before removing it.

If this is the case, you may need to transfer that information to the previous version of the item, or remove the earlier item entirely, only leaving the updated duplicate.

You should only remove the initial version of the item if it's too difficult to transfer information from the duplicate. Example: the polygon of the updated vegetation type item is more accurate than its initial version.

1.3.4.3.2. Creating fictional map items

This item doesn't exist in reality, so we can't accept your edit.

Used for rolling back the creation of a fictional or non-existent item (including items that previously existed on the location being edited but don't anymore).

Note. Such items are often used for testing various platform features.
1.3.4.3.3. Creating currently non-existent items

Unfortunately, this map item does not exist yet in reality, so we can not accept it. The item may be added to the map as soon as construction gets underway.

Used for rolling back the creation of items that are only planned for construction.

Please don't choose this reason if there is no information about the item's status (you don't know whether it's only being planned or built). If this is your case, please choose “Other” as your reason and request additional information via direct message.

1.3.4.3.4. Creating items restricted from display

This item is not allowed on maps and we cannot accept it. Please read the Rules for a list of forbidden map items.

Used to roll back items described in section 3.1.4. Forbidden items .
This type of rollback reason is different from “Non-mappable item”.
1.3.4.3.5. Incorrect item category

The incorrect category was chosen when the item was created, so your changes cannot be accepted. А new item with the correct category has been created.

Used to roll back items that where initially assigned an incorrect category. Only applies if changing the category to the correct one is technically impossible. If this is the case, please create a new item from scratch and assign the correct category. Example: creating a normal parking lot instead of linear parking.

1.3.4.3.6. Incorrect attribute edit

The attribute changes can not be accepted since they don't adhere to the Drawing Rules. You can find additional information in the corresponding section of the Rules or address your questions to our technical support staff.

Only used for rollbacks in cases where all or most item attributes were edited incorrectly. If only some attributes have been set incorrectly, please fix the inaccuracies and accept the edit.

1.3.4.3.7. Incorrect shape edit

The shape changes can not be accepted since they don't adhere to the Drawing Rules. You can find additional information in the corresponding section of the Rules or address your questions to our technical support staff.

Used for rolling back incorrect item shape edits, except for cases described in section 1.3.4.1.2.
1.3.4.3.8. Non-mappable item

The Rules forbid drawing this type of map item. You can find additional information in the corresponding section of the Rules or address your questions to our technical support staff.

Used for rolling back items that are restricted from being shown on the map according to the Drawing rules.
Examples: entrances to private houses, fences surrounding sports fields, and others.
1.3.4.3.9. Vandalism

Edit falls under "vandalism". Contact our technical support staff if you have any questions.

Applies to edits explicitly made to ruin existing items or when a mass amount of non-existent items are deliberately created. Inaccuracies made because the user didn't know the rules is not considered vandalism.

If you are not 100% sure you're dealing with vandalism, please don't specify this reason for the rollback.

Note. Before you roll back the vandalism, make sure there are no valid edits on top that contain new information about the item in question that didn't exist before the item was sabotaged. If the valid edit contains useful new information, make sure to save it.
1.3.4.3.10. Other

Used for all the edits listed above when the reason for rollback needs a more thorough description.

For example, this may be useful if you need to explain the mistakes to a user who makes too many invalid edits. For such cases, one of the edits receives the “Other” reason with a thorough description, while the others use one of the preset reasons.

Selecting this rollback reason saves the reason to the item's update history. It should only be used for sending direct messages to the creator of the edit for more thorough feedback.