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

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Mon Jul 29 06:04:18 UTC 2019

On 29/07/19 15:26, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> I've edited the page:
> 1) I reworded some of the helpful changes that Mateusz Konieczny just
> made, for better English style.
> 2) I've removed the implication that de facto / approved are
> "recommended" and that "deprecated" / "discardable" etc. are "not
> recommended".
> I also removed the suggestion that "de facto" tags are supported by
> rendering / routing / editing software - while this is usually true,
> it isn't what determines if a tag is given "de facto" status.
> 3) I removed "obsolete" status from the list with deprecated/discouraged.
> However, I now think I figured out what this status is supposed to
> mean: it's supposed to be used for tags that were deprecated, but now
> no longer even appear in the database, so the wiki page is only for
> historical information.
> Do we really need a special status for this, or should is it ok if I
> retag the 6 tags with this status to "deprecated"?
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Category:Tag_descriptions_with_status_%22obsolete%22
> - Tag:abandoned=yes - recommended replacement abandoned:*=* - used 34,000 times
> - Tag:amenity=Kneippbecken - approved replacement is
> amenity=kneipp_water_cure - used 0 times
> - Tag:man_made=power_hydro / Tag:man_made=power_nuclear /
> Tag:man_made=power_wind - use  power=generator, generator:source=*
> instead - used a couple of times only.
> - Tag:denotation=cluster - for special trees. Recommend to use name=*
> instead with natural=tree. Had been down to 0 uses at one point, but
> now there are a few hundred?

Gah! use name=* for something other than the name? No. Use the description key for that.
Edited wiki to remove this suggestion.

> So only amenity=Kneippbecken and man_made=power_* really fit the
> "obsolete" status, though there are a number of tags currently with
> "deprecated" that are also no longer found in the database.
Once something has been 'depreciated' but now has little to no presence then 'obsolete' is a good status for it.

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