[Tagging] Tag:bicycle accident=true

M∡rtin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 17:50:41 BST 2011

2011/8/17 Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl>:
> On 17/08/2011 12:19, Sander Deryckere wrote:
>> It has a bad discription, it's a tag for a temporary feature  (at least
>> how I interpret it) and it didn't go via the voting process.
>> So I would just delete it and point the writer to the voting process.
> Since when is the voting process mandatory?
> I would guess that actually the majority of tags and values in current use
> have not been formally discussed, let alone voted on. Discussions very often
> just bleed to death anyway. The whole basis of OSM is "openness" - you can
> use whatever tags you like. Discussion and voting is really required only if
> you expect other consumers of the data to do something with your data, e.g.
> map renderers or routing engines.
> This is how it is; it doesn't mean I agree with it.

IMHO you are wrong with some of your assumptions. Voting is not
required for tags that are already established and widely in use, and
it is not required to invent a tag or to use it, but it is required to
set up a feature page (key / tag / mapfeatures) for a "not yet in
wider use"-proposal. If you simply want to document that fancy new tag
you just invented, why not set up a proposal page (nothing forces you
to bring it actually to voting yourself)? This informs the other
mappers that the suggestions on the page might not be generally agreed


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