[Tagging] New page "Approval status" for "de facto", "in use", "approved" etc

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Jul 28 08:03:44 UTC 2019

Good point about "deprecated" and "obsolete".

The status "deprecated" is much more common; it's been used 115 times
and has a well-used list:

But "obsolete" is only used 6 times, and seems to mean the same thing
as "deprecated". Perhaps we can just edit these 6 features and remove
the status to simplify things?

Also, I've also only been able to find one wiki page with
status=discardable - Tag:odbl=clean - so I think we can just change
this tag status to "deprecated" and remove the special status for this
one tag? https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Category:Tag_descriptions_with_status_%22discardable%22

Re: when to mark a tag as deprecated:

Ideally there should be a proposal approved which clearly states that
a certain tag will be deprecated and another tag approved, but there
appear to be a number of tags that are marked as "deprecated" due to
some discussion but not a full vote.

In other cases it appears that deprecation was intended (eg
amenity=embassy), but the tag is still commonly used and supported
since the proposal was just approved.

Perhaps there should be a wiki page created that described the process
for deprecating a tag and when to change the status?


On 7/28/19, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 27. Jul 2019, at 16:19, Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> Please take a minute to review the new page
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Approval_status
> Allow me one remark for deprecated and obsolete. Currently it reads:
>> deprecated: deprecated tags that will not be used anymore”
> this could be less absolute and maybe include reference to the process,
> something like “tags which are discouraged by an approved proposal”
> Those tags that are discouraged because of a more established tagging
> alternative but not through voting would be “obsolete”, right? On the other
> hand for obsolete tags there is the requirement of “unapproved”, which
> probably leads to all obsolete approved tags going to deprecated status.
> Then to cover the formerly approved tags which haven’t been voted on their
> deprecation (other than by their “feet”), but are now considered deprecated,
> we should not require a vote on deprecation.
> “deprecated tags whose usage is commonly or by voting discouraged”
> or
> “deprecated tags whose usage is discouraged because of the tag usage history
> or as the result of voting“
> or even shorter, given that there are more verbose explanations below:
> “deprecated tags whose usage is discouraged”
> Cheers Martin

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