[Tagging] JOSM preset with strange tag values

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Sat Mar 5 08:58:18 UTC 2016

...and of course that would require a declaration of A is right and B is
wrong, or at least A is better than B, which will annoy the free-taggers
who are against all standardisation and normalisation as that
potentially limits the creative freedom of mappers who may not even have
been born yet...

If there is true consensus about A being better than B, then the
community as a whole should not have a problem about retagging. Whether
it is manual or automated should make no difference, assuming the result
is the same. We have no way of reaching consensus, only by attrition
where the combatants drop off one by one as they progressively lose the
will to live. 

On 2016-03-05 08:19, Jo wrote:

> That inertia of obsoleted legacy has everything to do with the fact we discourage mechanical edits. If somebody were to fix all those building=entrance to become entrance=main on nodes, their changesets would probably be reverted. So why even bother? It's more fun to map new stuff than to fix stuff that nobody sees anyway...
> Polyglot
> 2016-03-05 7:55 GMT+01:00 Marc Gemis <marc.gemis at gmail.com>:
>> On Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 9:19 PM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Because something has been in existence does not mean it cannot ever be
>>> changed!
>>> Consider the power sub station ... that was gradually changed to a new
>>> tagging scheme.
>> But it can take years :-(,
>> 1/4 of the sub_station/substation tags are still sub_station: [1]
>> Another obsolete tag that is still is "in use" is building=entrance,
>> see [2]  still over 40.000 places usign a tag that has been obsoleted
>> over 4 years ago.(*)
>> Legacy tags are hard to get rid of.
>> m.
>> [1] http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/compare/power=sub_station/power=substation
>> [2] http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/compare/building=entrance/entrance
>> (*) I think it's over 4 years, the wiki page mentions "overtaken in 2012".
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