[Tagging] The endless debate about "landcover" as a top-level tag

Bryan Housel bryan at 7thposition.com
Wed Jun 6 15:00:06 UTC 2018

This comes up for discussion on iD’s issue tracker sometimes, and I always close it as something we won’t change.
The usage numbers just don’t support it.  

https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/issues/4272 <https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/issues/4272>
https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/issues/4824 <https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/issues/4824>

There are several millions of existing objects in the database tagged a certain way. Many were imported this way or added years ago, so I don’t think it is fair to blame editor presets for the current situation.

Unless someone wants to review them, or the community changes their stance on mechanical editing, these tags are the ones we’re stuck with, even if the English word does not perfectly describe how the tag is used.

thanks, Bryan

> On Jun 6, 2018, at 10:22 AM, Jeroen Hoek <mail at jeroenhoek.nl> wrote:
> On 06-06-18 16:13, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
>> For start - is there a well written proposal?
>> Is there a JOSM preset that people can manually enable?
>> Is there a well written issue proposing support in JOSM, iD, Vespucci (if already
> Good points.
> Perhaps I'll give it a go to write a concept for such a proposal. In addition to the landcover-proposal, the openstreetmap-carto issue on GirHub, and this email-thread, are there any other proposals and resources I should look at?
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