[Tagging] Power tower and pole usefulness

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Sat Sep 21 19:01:34 UTC 2013

2013/9/21 François Lacombe <francois.lacombe at telecom-bretagne.eu>

> Nevertheless, using man_made=tower requires to add an extra tag to give
> the usefulness of the tower.
> tower:type=* is usually used to give this information.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:tower:type#Tower_types
> Some power poles may be used to roll out telecoms lines. Let's use
> tower:type=power;communication

I continue to oppose the usage of man_made=tower for electricity lattice
towers (that what has been power=tower until now and which is 4,8 Million
times in use). Why should we change this well established practise, which
would require 4,8 Million new additional tags (tower:type=electricity) and
which doesn't even help to reduce potential multivalue conflicts? At least
I'd use man_made=power_tower or something similar, but IMHO if there are
problems with power=tower having other infrastructure on them this should
be dealt with in an alternative way possibly keeping power=tower.

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