[Tagging] More human readable values for traffic signs

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemed.net
Fri Oct 30 11:52:58 UTC 2015

Colin Smale wrote:
> Can you give some examples of the "tagfiddling" you refer to, 
> that annoys you? How do we fix that? 

highway=path and the associated access tags are the canonical example.
highway=path was created to address perceived problems with
highway=cycleway/footway, but in fact has made the situation less clear and
significantly harder to process. Coupled to this is a proliferation of
access values - from simply =yes to =designated and now =official. The
result is that, in my experience, path tags are now the hardest thing to
process in OSM.

> What tires me, is the lack of any decision-making process which 
> is paralysing the whole business, and the lack of any (formal) 
> attention for the data quality.

It isn't paralysing OSM. OSM continues to advance. OSM data quality
continues to improve. The improvements are, today as five or more years ago,
driven by people wanting their data to be used. The tagging@ list and wiki
are "noises off" but very rarely change anything - indeed, the tagging@ list
was expressly set up solely to get the noise off the talk@ list. It only
paralyses you if you choose to be paralysed. :)


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