[Tagging] Stop the large feature madness (was: Tag for a plateau or tableland?)
osm at imagico.de
Wed Apr 17 14:02:54 UTC 2019
On Wednesday 17 April 2019, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> I believe many people are using natural=peak to add the name of
> plateaus / mesas / tablelands.
Yes, that is definitely the case for buttes and small mesas - but then
again these are features that can be verifiably mapped based on local
knowledge. However using a generic natural=plateau tag which is then
inevitably used by some mappers to cargo cult polygons around just
about any area of land elevated in some way relative to its surrounding
is not a good idea.
I see nothing wrong with creating natural=butte and natural=mesa with
appropriately tight definitions: Both being surrounded on all sides by
cliffs or very steep slopes, buttes with a height larger than width and
mesas with a flat top (i.e. height variation across the top being
significantly smaller than the total height).
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