[Tagging] service=drive-through or drive_through?
openstreetmap at jonno.cix.co.uk
Wed Jun 29 14:31:28 BST 2011
On 29/06/2011 14:19, Mike N wrote:
> I don't see these edits as out of line or unusual. It's not so
> different from the dozens of other projects to create more unified
> tags so that data consumers have a chance of using the right tag.
I suspect the "tags" you're talking about in other projects don't have
quite the same significance as they do in OSM. Can you give us an
example of what you mean?
I see bulk-changing one tag to another in this way as being equivalent
to changing a method name in an open source library without changing its
functionality, just to make the name nicer. Anyone using that method in
their code will get a compilation error all of a sudden, but nothing has
actually improved in the library. You break some people's use of the
data without having a net benefit.
To put it another way, if the edits could be done using a simple
algorithm, they haven't added anything to the OSM data itself, since
that algorithm could be applied as post-processing. It's just
rearranging deck chairs.
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