[Tagging] The endless debate about "landcover" as a top-level tag
osm at imagico.de
Wed Jun 6 15:17:43 UTC 2018
On Wednesday 06 June 2018, Andy Townsend wrote:
> > Anyway what i am absolutely certain of is that rendering different
> > tags identically in a map has never encouraged mappers to
> > consistently differentiate between them. :-)
> The "long tail" of different shop tags begs to differ with that! If
> what you said was true there there would be an awful lot more
> "shop=yes" (see http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org.uk/keys/shop#values
> , and compare with
> http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org.uk/keys/office#values ).
I don't think it is the map that encourages mappers to differentiate
shops, it is the desire to correctly document reality. The 'dot on the
map' does not really make a difference here.
Overall shops are a good example for where the free form tagging system
of OSM works very well.
To make this clear since it might not have been from my remarks - i
consider the influence of rendering on tagging decisions to be a small
one relative to many other influences. But there are cases where other
influences are small where map rendering can make a significant
difference - to the better or to the worse.
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