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

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Mon Jul 29 06:13:13 UTC 2019

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I think the idea was that a tree with a proper name is an important /
landmark tree?

Perhaps you crazy Europeans name your special trees, eg King George's Oak?

The other suggestion was to use "landmark=yes" but this key is also
not recommended. Someone needs to check how denotation=cluster is
actually used now days.


On 7/29/19, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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