[Tagging] Populated settlement classification

Christoph Hormann osm at imagico.de
Sat Sep 7 11:11:23 UTC 2019

On Saturday 07 September 2019, Iago Casabiell wrote:
> I'm new to the mailing list, so first I'm sorry if I miss any step in
> a proposal for the wiki.
> I generated a proposal for the classification criteria of populated
> settlements here:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Populated_settl
>ements_classification .

Welcome to the mailing list.

The problem i see with what you are trying to do is that a proposal is 
generally about a new tagging idea or an idea to change existing 
tagging.  And it is not really a good idea to draft a tagging concept 
from the beginning to have different meanings in different parts of the 
world.  This has happened in some cases, in particular with roads 
but it is generally best for everyone to try avoiding that and use tags 
that have a globally consistent meaning.

In other words:  If you want to document existing regional differences 
in populated place tagging that is most welcome but that does not 
require or even call for a proposal.  If you want to change populated 
place tagging to differ from country to country OTOH i would consider 
that simply a bad idea.

Christoph Hormann

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