[Tagging] The endless debate about "landcover" as a top-level tag
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Wed Jun 6 13:56:31 UTC 2018
On 06-06-18 15:15, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> If I draw an area in iD and type “grass” in the search field I get a hit
> named “grass” with a generic green icon. Done (and I have added another
> landuse object).
> The tagging question is not only about documentation and rendering, but
> also for a very significant part about editor and app presets.
Exactly. There is a very sensible landcover proposal that, in
combination with a landuse=greenery (or a different suitable name for
municipal/community/decorative greenery), makes a lot of sense from a
Only it won't gain traction because ID and JOSM don't provide presets,
which they won't do until more people use them, which won't happen until
openstreetmap-carto renders at least the generic landuse-tag and its
most-used landcovers (trees, grass, and shrubs).
(Manual) retagging of existing areas also won't happen, because they
would disappear from openstreetmap-carto, probably leading to reverts
and a lot of irritation.
So it's a classic catch-22.
I'm not all that familiar with OSM politics (and I use that term without
derision), but is there a way forward in such a situation?
I could imagine that a slimmed down proposal for a municipal greenery
landuse, in combination with the more common landcover tags already
proposed could be a good starting point, but without cooperation from
the openstreetmap-carto developers and willingness from the ID and JOSM
developers to incorporate new presets it probably won't progress beyond
a permanent 'proposed' status.
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