1.3.6. Moderator interface

This section describes the tools found in the Yandex Map Editor interface for moderators and techniques for working with the service.

If you become a Yandex Map Editor moderator, this information will appear in your profile, and you will have access to the “Moderation” button (see the Moderator interface section below).

Please note: you will only have authority over map items located in your zone of moderation.

As a moderator, you can:

Moderator interface

If you become a Yandex Map Editor moderator, the Moderation button will be added to your map toolbar:

Your moderator status and information about the territory you moderate (i.e. the one you have been entrusted with) will be added to your profile.

View edits

To view a list of edits to map items that are located in your zone of moderation:

  1. Click Moderation. If you get a new message or complaint, then you'll see a red dot on the button: .

  2. The Moderation panel opens containing a list of edits made in the territory you moderate. If the person who made them is blocked, then their name is marked with: .

  3. Click , to collapse the Moderation panel.

    Two tabs display on the panel: “Zone of moderation” and “Banned users”.

    The “Zone of moderation” tab displays the name of the territory you moderate. You can see how many events have occurred on that territory and how many events are displayed simultaneously in the list.

    If you moderate several territories, then the panel displays your territories and you can chose the one whose statistics you want to view.

    Under the number of events, you'll see two links: “Edits” and “Comments”.

View edit layers

You can view edits in order or by layer: select edits that relate to a specific category of map items (or specific map layer). This allows the moderator to concentrate on one type of edits without needing to switch between categories. This increases your productivity.

To do this:

  1. In the Moderation panel, click All tasks.

  2. In the map item category list (map layer) that opens, select one or more layers.

    After you select a layer, the list will only display edits for that layer:

Accept and undo edits; send messages to a user

To accept or undo user edits, or send a message to a user:

  1. Click Moderation and in the Moderation panel that opens, click Edits to see a list of edits (see the View edits and View edit layers sections).

  2. Click on the appropriate edit in the list. The map item moderation panel opens.

    The map item moderation panel includes information about the item and edit (there is a pictograph along with the item name, the name of the cartographer who made edit, the list of changes made to that item in the course of the edit, and the date and time of the edit).

    The panel also includes a toolbar with the following buttons:

    • Accept: If you click this, the map item's status will change to "accepted by moderator."

    • Undo: If you click this, all edits to the item that were made after it was given the "accepted" status will be undone. In other words, the edits will be canceled and the item's condition will revert back to what it was when it was accepted by the moderator.

    • Defer: If you click this, the edit will disappear from your moderation queue for two hours. If you are the only moderator for that zone, it will return to your queue after that time period is up. If there is another moderator for that zone of moderation, then the edit could go to them (and they might also choose to defer answering it).

    • Message: If you click this, a text-entry field will open where you can write a message to the user making the edit:

      To send a message, click Send; or else click Cancel.

    • Go to history: If you click this, the item history panel opens.

    • Edit: Click this to center the map item on the map. The item will be highlighted and switch to editing mode:

Delete a map item

To delete an item from the map (if, for example, a user reported that the item doesn't exist):

  1. Click Moderation in the Moderation panel that opens and find the appropriate note in the list of edits (see View edits above).

  2. Click on the appropriate edit in the list. The map item moderation panel opens (see View edits above).

  3. Tap Edit. The map item will be selected and be placed at the center of the map.

  4. Click Show map item:.

  5. In the attribute panel that opens, click Additional:

    A menu opens.

  6. Select Delete in the menu (or press Ctrl + Del).

    Confirm that you want to Delete:

    The item will be deleted from the map.

    Click Cancel to cancel the operation.

View reports and comments; send a message to the user who made the edit

To view a list of edits, reports, and comments related to map items that are located in your zone of moderation:

  1. Click Moderation and in the Moderation panel that opens, click Comments to see a list of complaints and comments (see the View edits above).

  2. Click Comments to see a list of comments and complaints that were added to map items located in your zone of moderation (complaints are marked as ).

  3. Click Go to map item. The map centers around the item. The item itself will be highlighted and you will have access to the Message to author of edit button in the list of comments and complains.

  4. Click Message to author of edit and use the text entry field to write a message to the user who previously wrote a comment or sent in a complaint.

  5. To send a message, click Send; or else click Cancel.

Block users

“Blocking” a user is an exceptional measure that is primarily taken in cases where the user purposefully introduces mistakes in the data ("vandalizes" it).

A user may be blocked in these situations:

  • Systematic violation of the Rules: making errors repeatedly (whether of the same type or different types). This may be accompanied by a disregard for remarks.
  • Ignoring remarks: no reaction to remarks and requests made in map-item comments or through the private messaging options indicated on the user's page.

    It's important to distinguish between a user who doesn't notice comments because they haven't figured out everything about the service yet and a user who intentionally ignores comments (for example, if a user corrected map items based on recommendations in earlier comments, but is not doing so now).

  • Open vandalism: the deliberate wrecking of map items (i.e. making obviously incorrect changes to names, attributes, and/or shapes).
  • Hidden vandalism: deliberately creating map items or making edits (including changing an item's shape or attributes) that don't reflect reality. It's difficult to distinguish this behavior from that of users who create and edit actual map items with attributes that can be confirmed using data from open sources.
  • Use of profanity.

For any violations from this list (except if stated otherwise), the user will be blocked for a period ranging from one day to two weeks. The moderator makes this decision based on how serious the violation is.

Comments must accompany the decision to block a user, and should include:

  • The reason why they were blocked and for what time period
  • An explanation of what recourse the user can take after they are unblocked: they can send a report, appeal the decision, request an explanation for the cause of the block (if one wasn't given), or create a topic in the Yandex Map Editor Club to discuss a disputed map item or question.

A user can be indefinitely blocked in the following cases:

  • In cases of clear vandalism: from the first infringement
  • If the user continues to infringe on the rules after they have been blocked two or more times
  • If the blocked user logs in to another account and the moderator is certain that the account belongs to the blocked user (in this case, comments are not required, but it is still preferable to leave them).

To “block” a user:

  1. In the list of events (see 2.10.8. Map items: history), or in the edits list (see View edits), or comments list (see 2.10.7. Map item: add comments and View complaints and comments; send a message to the user who made the edit) click on the user's name.

  2. The user's profile opens and you'll see a Block button:

  3. Click Block. In the window that opens, write comments explaining your decision and indicate the time period the user will be blocked:

  4. Click Block. The user will be blocked and the message will appear in their profile:

View the list of users you've blocked.

To view the list of users you've “blocked”:

  1. Click Moderation and in the Moderation panel that opens, go to the Blocked users tab.

  2. Click on the user's name; the user's profile opens and you'll see an Unblock button:

Unblock users

To “unblock” a user:

  1. In the list of blocked users (see View the list of users you've blocked) click on the name of the blocked user:

  2. The user's profile opens and you'll see an Unblock button:

  3. Click Unblock. The user will be unblocked and a entry will be added to the “Violation history” list:

Write messages to users.

To write a message to a user:

  1. In the list of events (see 2.10.8. Map items: history), or in the edits list (see View edits), or comments list (see 2.10.7. Map item: add comments and View complaints and comments; send a message to the user who made the edit) click on the user's name.

  2. The user's profile opens and you'll see a Block button:

  3. Click Message. Write your message in the window that appears:

  4. To send a message, click Send; or else click Cancel.