[Tagging] What's a power=station?

Dave F. davefox at madasafish.com
Tue Jan 19 01:49:07 GMT 2010

Anthony wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 11:03 AM, Dave F. <davefox at madasafish.com 
> <mailto:davefox at madasafish.com>> wrote:
>     OK, this could degenerate into a philosophical discussion,
> Yeah, I should have just kept my mouth shut.
>     so to keep it slightly on tagging:
>     Would you tag a reservoir at the head of a hydro-electric dam as a
>     reservoir or power?
> No, I'd probably tag it as natural=water.
>     Would you describe a gas tank as power or a tank filled with gas?
> Depends on the context.
> In any case, I guess I see what you're getting at.  But power is far 
> from the only tag which is used this way.  There are lots of tags that 
> aren't material objects: man-made, leisure, tourism, military, 
> landuse, natural, geological...  And worse than that, they overlap.  
> If that's what you're complaining about, okay, but power is far from 
> the only culprit.

It's disappointing you're unable to discern between a complaint & a 
I was trying to find a solution to the problem as stated in the OP.

But to answer your point, yes, power is not the only guilty party. It 
would be so much easier if the Keys were, as you said, physical objects 
& the tags were those you describe above. Except maybe landuse if it was 
renamed to just land=*.

Sorry to mention it again but I think it needs reiterating: We are 
mapping physical entities which should be labeled as Keys & their 
descriptive use as Tags.

Dave F.

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