[Tagging] A second step towards bringing the wiki and tool support closer together

Steve Bennett stevagewp at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 00:49:04 GMT 2009

On Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 7:58 AM, Jonathan Bennett <
openstreetmap at jonno.cix.co.uk> wrote:

> There's some disagreement over that exact point. There are some mappers
> (myself included) who completely ignore the proposal procedure, because
> they believe that it's a needless layer of bureaucracy that just hinders
> the project. While there's nothing wrong with getting other mappers'
> input on a new tag (such as sending out an RFC), having to get
> "approval" just gets in the way of mapping.
IMHO, there has to be balance. Yes, people should probably start using a new
tag immediately (if nothing in existence suits) rather than wait for
approval. But by the same token, after a tag has been used 50 or so times,
people should take steps to get it standardised, supported, more widely used

In any project like this, there is organic growth at the start (creation of
new, undocumented tags), but it needs to feed into a managed, more
structured process. The existing "map features" wiki table is a good start,
but it has quite a few deficencies.

Summary: Not all "bureaucracy" is bad.

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