[OSM-talk] Personal tags
steve at asklater.com
Thu Apr 12 14:46:16 BST 2007
On Thu, 2007-04-12 at 14:33 +0100, Bruce Cowan wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-04-12 at 14:25 +0100, Andy Robinson wrote:
> > There is a little danger here that new potential data creators will feel
> > that they have to use standard tags and that also they have to have
> > alternative tags approved before they can use them. Since OSM was originally
> > conceived to permit fully freeform tagging we wouldn't want to give the
> > wrong impression.
> I understand this view, but I think it is important to have people using
> the same tags for the same feature. Somebody might not realise that
> others are also tagging cairns on the top of mountains, but with a
> different tag to the one they are using. Surely it would be best if
> everyone used the same tag?
I don't worry what other people are tagging with, I worry what *I* tag
is right. You lose the evolution and freedom of open tags if you go
down this route, for the dubious benefit of more structure.
I've always thought that not having your stuff rendered on the map was
by far the best enforcer of tag discipline - you get *rewarded* for
tagging a certain way, rather than restricted in any case.
SteveC | steve at asklater.com | http://www.asklater.com/steve/
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