[Tagging] Misuse of name tag for route description

Markus selfishseahorse at gmail.com
Fri May 10 10:07:35 UTC 2019

Regarding the recent changes (from 6 May 2019‎) to the wiki page
"Public transport" about the misuse of the name tag for route
descriptions (e.g. name="701: Samedan Bahnhof - Le Prese Stazione").

[1]: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Public_transport&action=history

I agree that the route description (from - to) is not its name. By the
way, the same problem also affects hiking routes. I must admit that
i've also misued the name=* tag this way. The reason are the editors:
if a route is only tagged with ref=*, from=*, to=* (and description=*)
and if more than one route variant or direction uses the same
highway=*, one loses track of the routes and it becomes almost
impossible to maintain them because editors only display the ref=*
value in the relations list (e.g. there were multiple "13").

I think it were be the best if editors would also display from=* and
to* (or, instead, description=*) if there is no name=tag, in order
that the name=* tag can be kept for routes that really have a name=*
(e.g. Via Alpina).

(I'm sending this email to the tagging mailing list as it doesn't only
concern public transportation routes.)



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