[OSM-talk] RFC: what are empty nodes and how should we use them?
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Mon Aug 16 08:05:00 BST 2010
In many cases I have seen empty (as in truely empty) nodes left around as a
result of failed imports, or failed uploads of changesets. Most of these
nodes should be removed, and the validator plugin in JOSM allows this in an
On the other hands, nodes with only user information tags, such as note,
comment, and FIXME should be kept, or the information within the tags should
be dealt with. These nodes can work as reminders for people tagging in a
certain area, such as "need to complete this road", or "trace this lake",
On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 7:48 AM, Maarten Deen <mdeen at xs4all.nl> wrote:
> On Mon, 16 Aug 2010 08:19:42 +0200, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org>
> > Hi,
> > Jonas Stein wrote:
> >> In the IRC channel i was told, that there are users who paint
> >> empty nodes in the map to mark things like
> >> "road is not mapped, but continues here"
> > I do this occasionally, and I'm sure I haven't made this up but got
> > the practice from someone/somewhere else - when a way is drawn and you
> > know it goes on but haven't mapped it, you put three "dots", just as
> > you do in written language:
> > --------------- . . .
> > I'm not religious about it but I think it is pretty elegant because
> > it does not require language to explain it - or at least that's what I
> > thought until I heard from several people that they "delete empty
> > nodes on sight" without further thought.
> It's the first that I heard of this strategy and I'm not sure if I
> would recognize it. I certainly haven't in the past.
> It does raise a question: why not just map a way over it and tag it
> with some FIXME? If I map a new area and make photo's and see that there
> is a road somewhere that I didn't go, I map the road as far as I can see
> it and.
> > I mean - an empty node somewhere in the middle of town which has sat
> > there for ages, ok, but if you saw something like the above, where the
> > three nodes clearly hint at a way continuation - would you really
> > remove them? I'd think that a bit careless.
> I would at least tag the nodes with a FIXME. Personally I do make a
> point of looking at the history of a stray node, but that is far from
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