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Bing imagery key #5833

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systemed opened this Issue Jan 30, 2019 · 2 comments

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systemed commented Jan 30, 2019

iD uses the Bing imagery key that was originally set up for Potlatch 2:

var key = 'Arzdiw4nlOJzRwOz__qailc8NiR31Tt51dN2D7cm57NrnceZnCpgOkmJhNpGoppU'; // Same as P2 and JOSM

This key is registered to my email address. Occasionally I get emails like this:

Thank you for being a valued Bing Maps Customer.
You are receiving this notification as you have been identified as an owner of the Bing Maps Account ID 1041305. Your Basic Key(s) have consumed 90.2% of your Bing Maps Platform APIs' Terms of Use (TOU) limits for this calendar year. Account limits reset at the beginning of each calendar year. To continue using Bing Maps Platform APIs, you will need to either remain within the Terms of Use limits, or you will to upgrade to an Enterprise license. Having an Enterprise license will improve overall service quality and provide an increased level of support.

I then try and get this fixed by emailing/tweeting people at Microsoft, who either say "oh sure we've fixed it" or point me towards a series of options I should supposedly set on my account, which would be fine if those options actually existed, which they don't. It's all a bit beware of the leopard. Then a few months later it happens again.

Frankly I have exhausted my patience for arguing with them, and won't be following it up any more.

It's therefore possible that Bing imagery may break in any app that uses this key. Personally I don't think this would be a bad thing as it might finally embarrass Microsoft into fixing it, but this is by way of a heads-up to warn you. If you feel like arguing with the Microsoft bureaucracy then I wish you godspeed.

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bhousel commented Jan 30, 2019

Thanks @systemed for staying on top of this over the years! I'll see if I can get their attention.

Having an Enterprise license will improve overall service quality and provide an increased level of support.

Sounds wonderful 😄

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jharpster commented Jan 30, 2019

Thanks for opening the issue here @systemed. I thought we got this updated in the last round of emails but I guess not. Chatted with @bhousel and I think we have an idea for a more permanent solution for the ever expiring Maps key.

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