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How should I react when someone deletes a relation I just created without prior notice nor any explanation?

asked 30 Jun '12, 17:44

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edited 01 Jul '12, 20:09

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Does the question pertain particularly to relations, or to more complex edits in general?

(01 Jul '12, 14:15) mvexel

You should message the person and ask why he deleted the relation, there might be a fully rational explenation as to why he did it. Do not recreate the relation without sending him a message as that might start an edit war.

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answered 30 Jun '12, 17:55

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One thing that I'd definitely do is to check how long the other editor has been editing - it might just be an error by a new editor who's no idea what a relation is. I'd tailor the message to the other user according to how long they've been editing, so that a new user gets "welcome to OSM, by te way, I notice that xyz seemed to get deleted" rather than "why did you delete xyz"?

(30 Jun '12, 22:20) SomeoneElse ♦

Thanks for your comments. I messaged the person who explained that he had first copyright concerns, had wanted to contact me but did not, and eventually deleted the relation by mistake with JOSM-rawedit.

In the meantime, I got an agreement by email from the authors of the book where the walking route is described. I added a transcript of the email to the Project_France wiki.

The person who deleted the relation agreed to restore it later this evening.

(05 Jul '12, 20:24) gerdami

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