[Tagging] Status of maxspeed:wet

Martin Vonwald imagic.osm at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 12:47:24 GMT 2012

Before we use some strong words lets take a look at the issue:
according to taginfo maxspeed:wet is used 602 times. You may subtract
one or two hundred as I added them. So we are talking about a tag
that's currently used less than 500 times and without a known (at
least I dont know one) application. As such a speed limit is quite
common people either didn't care enough to tag it or maxspeed:wet was
just a try. Also please don't forget that maxspeed:wet is up to this
second completely undocumented.

You (Pieren) are right if you say, that all things should be put on
the table before voting. Put I also understand Ole, because if he
would have written that maxspeed:wet should be deprecated I bet that a
few people would have objected - people who have never used
maxspeed:wet before or even heard about it ;-)

As I already wrote: a significant number of maxspeed:wet are from me.
So if this tag will be deprecated I have some additional work to do
and retag them. But that's life: things change. Sometimes even facts


2012/12/4 Pieren <pieren3 at gmail.com>:
> On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM, Ronnie Soak
> <chaoschaos0909 at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> Are you against changing things in general ... ?
> Not if the intent is clearly to deprecate an existing tag. I'm against
> liars writing in the wiki that they won't change any existing tags
> until their proposal is accepted.
> I agree that changing or deprecating existing tags is very hard in
> OSM, especially when the new tag is not a real improvement or
> reasoning behind. For instance, the "highway=gate" replaced by
> "barrier=*" or the "highway=ford" replaced by "highway=*" + "ford=yes"
> have been well accepted where "highway=bus_stop" by
> "public_transport=platform" is not.
> Trying to deprecate a tag is not "a minor issue".
> Pieren
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