[Tagging] Discourage use of landuse=churchyard?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Mon Dec 23 09:54:35 UTC 2019

On 23/12/19 20:37, Tobias Zwick wrote:
> It could be useful to check (at random) how the tag is currently used - as synonym for graveyard, or for religious or both, at times (-> tag is ambiguos) and put that info in the wiki as well.
> If it's both as you suspect, it's a very good reason to point to the other tags instead.
> Tobias
> Am 23. Dezember 2019 06:27:55 MEZ schrieb Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>:
>> The tag landuse=churchyard has been used several thousand times, but
>> amenity=graveyard is over 10 times more common, and landuse=religious
>> is 4 times more common.
>> I would recommend discouraging use of this tag, because the wiki
>> definition contradicts the plain-English meaning of churchyard, which
>> is usually a graveyard (cemetry) or burial ground next to a church.
>> The wiki page for landuse=churchyard claims "Used to map the area
>> surrounding a christian church or chapel, particularly when this does
>> not contain a graveyard" - this conflicts with the common English
>> definition of the value.
>> Cambridge Dictionary (UK):
>> "an area of land around a church, where dead bodies are buried"

The Oxford Dictionary (UK) has:

an area of land around a church, often used for burying people in

So not necessarily a burial ground.

>> Merriam-Webster (US):
>> "a yard that belongs to a church and is often used as a burial ground."
>> To avoid ambiguity, mappers can use the two well-accepted tags
>> landuse=religious + religion=christian
>> OR
>> amenity=graveyard + religion=christian, depending on the situation.

Agree that these 2 tags are less ambiguous.
But then with some places it may be hard to tell if there are bodies buried there.

>> I would like to update the wiki page for landuse=churchyard to suggest
>> not using the tag and changing to one of the other two tags +
>> religion=christian instead.
>> - Joseph Eisenberg
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