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

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Thu Jun 7 13:36:20 UTC 2018

7. Jun 2018 11:53 by selfishseahorse at gmail.com <mailto:selfishseahorse at gmail.com>:

> On 7 June 2018 at 10:46, Christoph Hormann <> osm at imagico.de <mailto:osm at imagico.de>> > 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?

 Cost, effort and confusion is not worth positive effects.

Revolutions are really rarely worth costs.

Making tagging more consistent is not one of this cases.

Improvements are possible but not when it starts from "deprecate landuse=forest because it is not used to tag land use".
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