[Tagging] Tag approval process or its absence (was: Voting for Relation type=waterway)

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Tue Feb 21 09:45:53 GMT 2012


On 02/21/12 10:18, LM_1 wrote:
>>> The possibility of free tags is great, but once some tagging style
>>> proves as usable (and better than any other),

>> ... which will never be the case ...

> I know, it is a kind of ideal state, the closer we are to it, the better.

I don't think so. I don't think there is one general tagging style that 
is better for everyone.

>>> it should become a
>>> standard and used exclusively

>> ... in which geographic / cultural region?

> In all of them.

I don't think that a tagging style that works best in Europe will 
automatically also be the one that works best in South America. Any 
attempt to force everyone to use the same style will automatically make 
the map *less* good in some places. I think that it is one of the great 
strengths of OSM that we can allow people to map what is good for them 
locally, and we should not throw that away just because some programmer 
somewhere finds it easier to roll out his iPhone app if tags are 
synchronized the world over!


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