[Tagging] "Feature Proposal - RFC - Sidewalk

Serge Wroclawski emacsen at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 20:04:38 GMT 2011

On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 3:50 PM, Chris Hill <osm at raggedred.net> wrote:
> On 21/03/11 19:21, Serge Wroclawski wrote:
> [...]
>> I suggested re-opening the sidewalk proposal because I have a specific
>> need for this data and would like to use official, rather than
>> unofficial tags.
> [deliberately off list to keep the noise down]
> Serge,
> There are, never have been and probably never will be official tags. Anyone
> can use any tag at any time for any purpose. It follows that there are no
> unofficial tags either.

That's partially true- it's true we have no official tags, but it's
also true that the tags which are approved are the ones which get
rendered, and the ones who people write software against.

> The proposal process uses a voting system which makes people feel that they
> have some kind of official status and this is fundamentally wrong. It leads
> to people running bots to 'correct' tagging to the 'standard' or 'official'
> version when no such thing exists. Also just because 6 people voted for a
> tag means they think it MUST be rendered or MUST be supported by editors or
> MUST be used buy routers.

I'm of two minds on this, so please tell me why this is a bad thing in
your mind?

> Many people just don't get this but it is the greatest strength of OSM. If
> you need 'official' tags then you can never something novel to OSM until a
> new tag has been authorised.
> BTW, just who should police these tags?
> Please discuss tags, please document the tags that are used, but please
> don't assume that the stupid, broken voting system somehow makes tags
> official and more useful.

I'll admit I'm a bit frustrated because I  have a very pragmatic
problem to solve and have spent several weeks trying to make practical
tools to solve it, and I feel David wants something else entirely and
is suffering from a bit of NIH syndrome, and Josh (who I think is
actually local to me) doesn't see what I'm doing because I haven't
announced it yet.

But maybe you'll have some feedback...

Go to http://mappingdc.emacsen.net/pl2/

and what you /should/ (hopefully) see is a map of DC, and you can
select DC SIdewalks as a background.

That's real DC sidewalk polygon data. But it's too complex. I'd like
to attach those as information about the streets.

Also if you  look at the stylesheets, you'll see Pedestrian Wireframe-
that's a style I've created that highlights sidewalk data, missing
sidewalk data, and highway=footway.

In other words, I'm trying to make it as simple as possible to get
this data in OSM, without an import.

- Serge

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