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

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 10:50:42 UTC 2018

Providing a more consistent while still backwards compatible tagging scheme
for a feature is not the end of freedom. It just helps to answer the
all-time question: how is this done? with an answer that makes more sense.
Taggers will adopt it because it makes sense.

Op do 7 jun. 2018 12:33 schreef Christoph Hormann <osm at imagico.de>:

> On Thursday 07 June 2018, Selfish Seahorse wrote:
> > > There are tons of established tags in OSM where the key makes no
> > > sense at all.  Don't get me started on 'waterway' for example.  But
> > > that is how OSM works.  Get over it, accept that people have made
> > > bad choices of keys when choosing tags and concentrate on
> > > encouraging and helping people to choose suitable keys when newly
> > > creating tags (in a productive way of course, not just by rejecting
> > > any idea as bad).
> >
> > And what's wrong with getting rid of these bad choices?
> Nothing except it would mean the end of free form tagging and it would
> require creating some framework of tagging authorities in OSM who
> decide on what is good and bad or in short:  The end of OSM as an
> egalitarian global community.
> Once more my suggestion to Martin and others who repeat the same matra
> we have heard for years over and over again:  Accept that there are
> thousands of mappers who do not care about key hygiene like you do or
> have the sense of order you have.  That is a simple fact of life in a
> diverse global community like OSM.
> For me this always sounds a bit like someone who wants to 'fix the
> English language' by eliminating irregular verbs and other exceptions
> so you can say "I goed to the pub yesterday and haved a beer".  Yes, in
> principle you can do that and you can argue this might make it easier
> for people to learn the language but it just would not be English any
> more.
> Your brave new world with an intelligent design of orthogonal keys
> would - apart from being an illusion (Kurt Gödel is greeting) - just
> not be OSM any more.
> --
> Christoph Hormann
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