[Tagging] admin_level on nodes: wiki vs practice

Andreas Goss andig88 at t-online.de
Wed May 14 02:29:55 UTC 2014

> Please explain why admin_level on place nodes harms the database, or
> refrain from removing it. Thanks.

I actually put it back in Berlin after I took a 2nd closer look at 
Germany. Which then actually revealed that all our state capitals are 
tagged with admin_level=6 when they should be 4 as far as i understand 
if you tag them at all...

Which then actually made me rethink and discover a possible problem when 
tagging the node.

If you tag Berlin admin_level=2 do you assume it also holds 
admin_level=4? 6? (Then you realize that with Berlin you actually have a 
special situation, because it is a city state. But that wasn't even what 
I was going for.)

Now let's say things in Germany would have went a bit different 20 years 

Bonn would have become the capital of Germany not Berlin. Now I tag Bonn 
with admin_level=2. The problem is that Bonn is located in North 
Rhine-Westphalia whose capital is Düsseldorf. So how do I now know that 
Bonn isn't the capital of NRW? Do I have to tag other capitals with 
admin_level=2,4 in order to show that they are country and state 
capitals and admin_level=2 only stands for country capital? Am I going 
to have to tag nodes with admin_level=2,4,5,6,8... in order to be able 
to tag e.g. Bonn as admin_level=2,5,6,8...? (Germany has no lvl 3) 
Because there is no "exclude" option.


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