[Tagging] Vote / Opinion poll about history=event

M∡rtin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Thu May 5 19:15:37 BST 2011

2011/5/5 Pieren <pieren3 at gmail.com>:
> On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 6:26 PM, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> Note that the OP is about historic=event, not battlefield. The edit war
> started because  JohnSmith documented what you, Martin, suggested in a
> previous thread although that thread showed already a strong opposition
> about such tagging

yes, I do remember this. I did also notice that there was opposition.
I do not expect myself to tag lots of events, but I might add some,
e.g. there is a place in Rome which is said to be the locus where
Julius Cesar was stabbed by Brutus. I find this interesting and I
think that others do so as well. We should face the fact that
"starting your own parallel database" is often not an appropriate
answer, but of course every mapper also has a responsibility not to
tag his first kiss in OSM (I found this recently, take it as a proof
that mappers won't restrict themselves even if no adequate tag is
suggested in the wiki:
http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/node/895372910 (the name
translates "our first kiss", I am not sure, maybe there is something
there called like this, I don't know the place, that's why I left it
for the moment and contacted the creator)

> And then JohnSmith
> enforced this in Map Features and tells now to others 'please discuss
> instead of reverting'.

Yes, I agree that this was not nice from John Smith. While I do think
documenting all tags in the wiki is a good thing, we don't have to put
them all on mapfeatures as well.

> Someone else is also trying to improve the general description about the key
> 'historic' in the wiki (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:historic)
> which is something more productive than this discussion.

Thank you for pointing at this. Actually I prefer some discussion
before main key descriptions go into heavy refactoring. I don't think
that adding a novel to a feature definition is a good thing. Keep it
short. There is diary pages for the novels (or you make an additional
wiki page, and do not hijack a Key description but rather link it from


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