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kstaron
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kstaron,
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5/28/2015 | 11:07:46 AM
How was that a good idea?
So somehow the world's biggest web presence left the ability for people to make unoderated changes to their maps? most little websites run my one person have moderated forums if they are going to allow posts at all. How did they think this was a good idea? Even if there weren't people out there that like to create offensive racial slurs, there are a ton of 12 year old boys who can't wait to make an explicit anatomy or fart reference. If Google wants to bring back an edit mode, it needs to be moderated and fact checked.
nasimson
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nasimson,
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5/24/2015 | 1:08:39 AM
Re: Hacked
> How did they even manage to think that crucial
> edit options wouldn't be used for malice

@SachinEE: *crucial edit points* are not as rare and as straightforward as the term appears. All state offices, all business head quarters, all national monuments, all courts, all religious places, all historical places. Multiply it with the number of states and religions in the world and you can get a few hundred of thousand places across the globe. Not easy. Kills the purpose of UGC.
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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5/22/2015 | 1:27:08 AM
Re: Hacked
"Temporarily disabled user edits". Temporarily?????
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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5/21/2015 | 3:25:46 PM
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"....its a shame how Google engineers left crucial design elements to the public without keeping a review mechanism to the edits the Map Maker was to go through when opened to the public "

@SachinEE   I agree.  But it is even worst than that - it is totally unacceptable. With all of that revenue and market valuation money they cannot hire three people to keep tabs on this kind of activity ?

My opinion of Google is dropping fast.  
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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5/21/2015 | 3:05:40 PM
Google: An overvalued Wikipedia ?
Do I understand this correctly ?    Google allows users to edit location details ?   If so, that is the craziest thing I have heard in a long time.  And apparently No One reviews these edits ?  Is Google an over valued Wikipedia ?

Either way it is totally unacceptable ! Totally.  And I have one more question - is it not fixed yet ?
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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5/21/2015 | 2:55:55 PM
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Not just design flaws, decision flaws as well. How did they even manage to think that crucial edit options wouldn't be used for malice? If they had taken a moment to stop and think what they were about to do, maybe this wouldn't have happened. 
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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5/21/2015 | 2:51:51 PM
Hacked
The hacker made it to the news worldwide and really its a shame how Google engineers left crucial design elements to the public without keeping a review mechanism to the edits the Map Maker was to go through when opened to the public.


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