[Tagging] Voting for Relation type=waterway

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Sun Feb 19 20:13:07 GMT 2012

Steve Bennett <stevagewp at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer
> <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Before we vote, shouldn't we try to clean up the proposal? E.g.
> there
> > is this sentence: "Hint: If the waterway starts as a stream and
> > becomes larger, then use the tag of the largest waterway (e.g.
> > river)."
> > Well, almost all rivers start small and become bigger ;-), but
> despite
> > being small, don't they already start as rivers at their spring?
> No, because the OSM definition of 'river' is width. (As opposed to
> languages like French which distinguish between waterways that empty
> in the sea and those that empty into other rivers).
> The proposal looks pretty sensible to me. I just wish there was a
> meaningful process we could follow. Probably what we really want to do
> is deprecate any alternative tagging schemes, and direct people to
> this one.
I take it, then, that there are some watercourses tagged as streams, but named XXX River, and there are some watercourses tagged as rivers, but named XXX Stream or XXX Creek?

John F. Eldredge --  john at jfeldredge.com
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