[Tagging] Please don't think name_1 tags are errors.

Kieron Thwaites kieron.thwaites at gmail.com
Fri Jan 15 15:01:56 UTC 2016

Whichever iD developer thought that adding random _N suffixes was a
good idea deserves to be taken out back and shot.  While handling
newbie mistakes (and teaching them the correct way of doing things) is
most certainly encouraged, doing it in such a way that pollutes
tagging is totally unacceptable.

I completely endorse the removal of any and all *_N tags.


On 15/01/2016, moltonel 3x Combo <moltonel at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, I've just reverted http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/36573638
> where the mapper thought that name_1 tags were typos. That user is on
> a key typo fixing spree, which is a good thing in itself, even if
> mistakes happen.
> But I wonder if some people know about the iD editor behavior below,
> and assume that a name_1 tag must have been created that way ? If so,
> consider this email as a reminder that the _N suffix is used on
> purpose by many people. As always, contact the mapper if unsure.
> On 09/01/2016, Hakuch <hakuch at posteo.de> wrote:
>> **iD-Editor problem**
>> unfortunately, the iD-editor is creating such prefixed tags and is
>> training newbies to use them as a good tagging practice. When you use
>> the raw-tag-editor and tries to add an already existing tag, iD does not
>> throw any error or information but adds the tag with a suffixed number
>> like _1 or higher.
>> It suggests to the unexperienced mapper, that this is a usable method to
>> add multiple values, although this suffixing is only made to prevent the
>> user of deleting data.
>> We still couldn't convince the developer, that this suffixing method
>> leads new mappers to bad practice
>> (https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/issues/2896).
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