Spam Removal (removing spammy description tags from legitimate businesses; remove businesses altogether if they have only description, name, payment methods etc. but no tag that says what business it is. Keep address node/building where useful.
I think http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:description should be updated with your criteria for deleting POI's.
The fourth random POI I checked that you deleted didn't violate any items on that page (node 4891959222). I'd be annoyed if I'd added it!
The wiki entry for Tag:tourism=guest_house could lead people to excess advertising in the description.
Hi, "...offers the latest in proven medical and surgical care" is clear advertising speak that has no place in OSM. Also, the node had no amentity/office/craft or tag like that, so if it had been added to make the practice findable on OSM, it didn't even do that (or at least not in the way we map things). Also, the "Suite" with a capital S together with the fact that it's always one new user account adding just one new business, is a clear hallmark of a certain SEO company. These people are paid to add businesses to the map, they flood us with advertising and don't even add POIs right. Rest assured, if this same POI had been used by a mapper who looked anything like a normal mapper and not a one-POI SEO company, I would have sent them a changeset comment with suggestions for improvements instead. But with these SEO spammers, that's totally useless.
Frederik, you're right. I also read the 2 other discussions mentioned in OSMHebdo.
But why do *you* spent time correcting adverts from a few SEO spammers? In France we have had some trouble with a similar company, we asked the DWG to block the account until they read the message so that they stopped doing BS (like adding a POI in the middle of the road due to poor geocoding) - at least for a while. What you do is perfectly fine for occasional spammers (i.e for their own business). For professionals it may be more efficient to use other means. Discussions on single objects (as example) asking for correction, DWG, etc... Otherwise the SEO spammer will continue hoping you'll oversee some changes.
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