[Tagging] place nodes for continents?

Javier Sánchez Portero javiersanp at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 08:35:18 UTC 2018

Hi Frederik

You can find many examples of places that are verifiable by its boundary,
some countries, provinces, municipalities, but most of the names in
geography refers to diffuse places, from towns to the Amazon Forest (cross
link to Wikidata tag thread). Can't we map them in OSM? For such places,
the exact position of the node should not be a matter of conflict and if so
resolve it with consensus as usual here.


El mar., 7 ago. 2018 a las 9:21, Frederik Ramm (<frederik at remote.org>)

> Hi,
> On 07.08.2018 10:04, Ilya Zverev wrote:
> > It is a strange question, which can be applied to virtually anything in
> > OSM. Potholes — are they useful?
> Ok, I'll re-word:
> How is a continent node verifiable, especially with regards to its
> position? What is our plan if two people should start edit-warring about
> whether the continent node should be at 51.0000002, -109.0000002 (as it
> currently is), or rather at 51,-109 or at 50,-108?
> Representing a tree or a pothole with a node is not exact either, but
> it's more or less within the accuracy of our available measurement
> devices. Representing a city with a node is much less accurate, but
> people seem to agree for most cities, placing the city node in the heart
> of the old city, or where the city hall is, or some such.
> Do we really want to approximate whole continents with a point, and if
> we do, where is that point to be placed?
> Bye
> Frederik
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