[Imports] [Talk-us] GNIS tag removal proposal

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Sun Sep 8 03:54:46 UTC 2013

To recap and hopefully move forwards, I'm bringing this up again.

> From: Serge Wroclawski [mailto:emacsen at gmail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 1:55 PM
> Subject: [Talk-us] GNIS tag removal proposal
> Hi all,
> I've been looking at the GNIS data and it's quite a mess.
> As a step towards cleaning up the mess, I'd like to discuss removing
> some extranious gnis tags in the editors (just as we do with TIGER and
> other tags).
> I would like to suggest that the editors remove the following tags
> entirely:
> gnis:ST_num
> gnis:ST_alpha
> gnis:feature_type
> gnis:created
> gnis:state_id
> gnis:county_id
> gnis:county_name
> gnis:feature_type
> gnis:import_uuid
> gnis:reviewed
> gnis:edited
> gnis:description
> gnis:County
> gnis:Class
> gnis:County_num

To summarize the discussion

- Several people objected to the removal of gnis:feature_id, and it's 
  removal was never proposed.	

- There was objection to this changing the last edited user, which it 
  wouldn't, it only removes tags when a user is editing the object 

> In addition, I suggest that we remove two other tags conditionally.
> I suggest we remove the "ele" tag unless the tag natural=peak is present
> and that we remove "source" if the value for that tag is "USGS Geonames"
> (which is just GNIS).

- Other cases where ele is useful were pointed out (aeroway)

Given that we don't currently have the technical ability to do this while 
adding to the discarded tag list is easy, I suggest we put this on hold 
until later. We need to have a better look at what GNIS data has an ele=*
tag and where it is silly.
Unless there are serious objections I plan to open a pull request adding 
listed tags to the discard list.

To reiterate, this does NOT impact gnis:feature_id and the tags will ONLY
be removed if someone is already editing the object.

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