[Tagging] New tag proposal: 'addr=milestone'

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 2 14:25:16 UTC 2019

On Wed, 2 Oct 2019 at 14:57, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>

this is also a milestone in OSM: historic=milestone
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:historic%3Dmilestone

There aren't that many milestones (made of stone, marked in miles) around
here but
all of those I'm aware of are historic and many of them are classified as
listed buildings.
I think it's been many decades since any actual milestone was placed and
that they're
probably all historic.  Our road signage is still in miles whilst yours
isn't, but a milestone
is only really usable by walkers, not by car drivers, so they're not very
useful these days.

Here's a summary page (in German):
> https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distanzstein

> I am not sure we would want main tags for all these, would we?

A main tag, for each, no.  A collective tag with sub-tags, maybe.  Or just
a collective tag
that fits better than highway=milestone.

I agree a tag like "distance marker" would have been more neutral, but I
> have never had problems with calling something a "milestone" which actually
> uses kilometers as units, or which wasn't made out of stone.

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  You and I
live in countries which
has milestones made of stone and marked in miles, even if they serve no
purpose these days.
In a country which has only ever had kilometre markings on metal signs
and/or road markings,
highway=milestone is like trying to rotate a nut with a hammer, and
addr:milestone is like
trying to solder delicate electronics with a hammer.

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