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

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 15:03:11 UTC 2018

I am justr trying to get concrete answers and apply them to the argument at
hand. Thanks for the answers.

In this case, rendering is crucial so any documentation would need to
address that. I have not seen wiki pages just to force rendering, though,
but I can see how it sort of builds the pressure.

2018-06-08 16:35 GMT+02:00 Christoph Hormann <osm at imagico.de>:

> On Friday 08 June 2018, Peter Elderson wrote:
> > > Historically absolute use numbers have not been a significant
> > > criterion for decisions in the standard style if to render a
> > > certain tag.  Tags have been added to rendering with less than a
> > > hundred uses and tags have been rejected with more than 100k uses i
> > > think.
> >
> > Are you saying no amount of existing tagging would convince you to
> > consider supporting the standard rendering of landcover=trees and
> > landcover=grass?
> >
> > > Any tag that is deliberately used by mappers (i.e. that is not a
> > > typo or vandalism or similar) should be documented on the wiki.
> >
> > That would include landcover=*. Would that be an argument to consider
> > supporting the standard rendering and support in mapping tools?
> Peter, i get the distinct impression you are not actually interested in
> the answers to your questions but use them as vehicles to push your
> point of view in tagging.
> If you are interested in my opinion ask open questions and show some
> appreciation and acceptance of the answers you get and don't just
> continue asking questions until you get an answer you like.
> I will none the less try to answer your new question with
> 1) As i have already said historically absolute use numbers have not
> been a significant criterion for decisions in the standard style and
> they would not be a criterion in my decisions.  I can't speak for the
> other maintainers of course.
> 2) A good documentation of a tag on the wiki that accurately describes
> how the tag is acutally used is very helpful for both mappers and data
> users and as such very useful when making rendering decisions.
> Attempts at writing a tag page (or a tagging proposal) on the wiki
> specifically to get it rendered however are just annoying.
> --
> Christoph Hormann
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