[Tagging] Tagging meadow orchards

Tom Pfeifer t.pfeifer at computer.org
Fri Oct 4 18:42:07 UTC 2019

On 04.10.2019 19:10, Markus wrote:
> While orchard=meadow_orchard is the most used way of tagging a meadow orchard (2 748 uses), there 
> are also 668 uses of the other subtag meadow=meadow_orchard. That means that people don't agree that 
> the orchard is more important than the meadow.

Apparently there is a semantic difference. When someone counts 3 apple trees on a hectare, it is 
more a meadow. If there are 35 varieties of old sorts in the backyard, it is more an orchard, and 
the farmer needs the small mower to cut the grass.

Thus the subtagging allows to preserve the subtle differences, while a new catch-all high-level tag 
doesn't. Subtle, from Latin subtilis ‘fine, delicate.’ ;-)

> Compared to landuse=meadow_orchard (48 uses), the two subtags certainly only have such a high usage 
> because they render, while landuse=meadow_orchard doesn't.

They render for a reason, because they represent major types of landuse.


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