[Tagging] inuse, defacto

Jan van Bekkum jan.vanbekkum at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 18:33:22 UTC 2015

Why is it important? The main thing that matters is than only one
definition exists for an item, irrespective of how often it is used.

On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 5:46 PM Tobias Knerr <osm at tobias-knerr.de> wrote:

> On 18.04.2015 09:31, Friedrich Volkmann wrote:
> > So far we have 3 parameters: number of OSM objects, number of real-word
> > objects, number of users. Let's put them into a formula in order to
> enable
> > objective decisions and avoid edit wars.
> I don't think it's as easy as that. Other things to consider:
> - If there is an alternative tagging concept around, then the numbers
> need to be a lot higher. On the other hand, if a tag is universally
> considered a good idea, usage numbers don't matter as much.
> - A tag that is only used in a certain country or region is probably not
> a defacto standard yet (except for things that exist nowhere else).
> - Application and/or editor support is important, no tag can be
> considered fully established without it imo.
> To be honest, I doubt it's possible to put it into a formula. My
> personal interpretation of "defacto" is a tag that is used by a lot of
> mappers and applications throughout the world, and you can print it on a
> mug without having to worry that it might be outdated anytime soon.
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