[Tagging] Tagging a named river bend

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Fri Sep 28 00:39:06 UTC 2018

At first, the use of "section" seemed useful to consider. The tag
"whitewater:section_name" has not been defined in the Wiki but might be
adapted to this issue. However, the word "whitewater" would be misleading
IMO because this is a flat river that whitewater enthusiasts would not seek
out. Also, like place=locality it doesn't give any indication that this is
a bend or curve in a river.

I keep coming back to Martin's place=river_bend. Adding a name=Harper Bend
along with that tag would solve the problem in a straightforward manner,
would not be confused with the specialized whitewater tagging schemes and
would be relatively easy to implement. A look at Taginfo tells me that the
"place"  key has been misused quite a bit but I think place=river_bend
would be a logical and easily understood new use of the key.

See Taginfo: https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/place#values

On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 11:38 PM Ture Pålsson <ture at turepalsson.se> wrote:

> And again, with a link, this time! =)
> https://kso.etjanster.lantmateriet.se/?e=749899&n=7312843&z=9&profile=default_background_noauth
> 27 sep. 2018 kl. 18:36 skrev Ture Pålsson <ture at turepalsson.se>:
> 27 sep. 2018 kl. 13:03 skrev Yves <yvecai at mailbox.org>:
> Place=locality makes sense, I guess the name is also used for the area
> close to the bend by extension.
> Locality on a node is always troublesome, and I wonder if anybody uses
> description=* to describe further the place, here this would be something
> like description=river bend.
> A simple place=locality gives no hint to a renderer that this is a water
> feature, and I can easily imagine a map style where one wants to do
> something special with those, like using blue text.
> Look at this example from northern Sweden, where features in the river
> (Bredselet, Trångforsen and Vidselet) have lent their names, but in
> different grammatical form, the the nearby villages/hamlets of Bredsel,
> Trångfors and Vidsel.
> (Follow there river and you'll see several other named rapids (-fors) and
> stretches of smooth water between them (-sel).
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Dave Swarthout
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