[Tagging] brand=* necessary?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Thu May 10 14:23:48 UTC 2018

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On 10. May 2018, at 15:05, Tobias Knerr <osm at tobias-knerr.de> wrote:

>> Imho it us the opposite : name should be added only if it us not the
>> same as brand 
> That approach is different from real-world usage of the tags and appears
> to offer little practical benefit.

Although this is different from what is often done, I support Marc’s notion. The reason why it is done differently is not an educated decision but the result of poor presets and mappers filling them in without further reflection.

It is also a result of how the tags have been introduced, name was used much earlier than brand (which was originally only proposed for automotive brands) so that there is some self-amplifying process of people looking around how things are done and doing it similarly. And maybe most important, osm carto doesn’t render brands, which is sufficient reason for many maybe most mappers to prefer name.

The transition would not have to be in a rush, but overall I believe there will be benefit from storing information semantically more accurate, e.g. it would show that we are actually still missing a lot of names for things where there is something else in the name tag.


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