[Tagging] Document personal tags in Proposed_features/ space, User: space, or Tag:/Key: space?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Mon Aug 26 00:33:02 UTC 2019

Misuse of a key/tag happens.

Some guidance should resolve the issue.

First lets outline the problems this user has with the present tagging 
advocated by some here using the example:


1) It may not be natural.
The key natural <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:natural> is, in 
OSM, used with both natural things and unnatural things. Some object to 
this misuse of the English language and so dual tag. For things that are 
land covers use the key landcover 
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:landcover> for things that are 
landforms use the key landform 

2) Rendering
It does not render. Ho hum. I don't care. If rendering is all that is 
wanted pick something that renders that is a fair fit and use it.

3) Dunes not only sand covered.
Some contend that dunes are not just sand covered .. but may have 
plants. They may be formed from particles other than sand.
Using natural=dune and natural=sand will cause problems. Using 
natural=dune and surface=sand won't render.

Solution for dunes?
landform=dune - truth. It is a dune and that is a land form.
landcover=sand/* Map the land cover, usually sand. Again map the truth.
natural=sand .. for the render .. ugly but there it is, the dual tag.

On 26/08/19 09:54, marc marc wrote:
> Le 26.08.19 à 00:18, Joseph Eisenberg a écrit :
>> What should we do with a page like Tag:landcover=dunes? I already
>> tried adding a mention that natural=dune was more common and mentioned
>> on the Talk page that "dune" is a landform, not a landcover
> the first sentence on the wiki is enought to fully describe
> the mess in your argument.
> "the dune landform (natural=dune) and for areas of sand (natural=sand)"
> so a landform and a landcover in the same key. exactly the same problem
> you're criticizing. so no, landcover is probably no worse than landuse.
> natural=* description try to explain that the common "meaning" for is
> value is "natural physical land features, including ones that have
> been modified by humans"
> but that also "need" to be used to "full artificial" (ex a full
> artificial water pond).
> don't be surprised that some people are not satisfied with this kind
> of key whose category changes according to the value.
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