[Tagging] Page about mismatching key names (historic=wayside_shrine used for modern ones etc)

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Fri Jan 24 14:11:43 UTC 2020

These are no mismatches.
Keys and values are in principle arbitrary sequences of alphanumeric
characters. By convention we try to make them mnemonic by using strings
that somehow help us remember the meaning of the string. By convention we
use British English words for keys and values, plus numbers, mainly for

This explanation needs to be placed prominently on the new page, to avoid
any doubt.

Il ven 24 gen 2020, 11:51 Mateusz Konieczny via Tagging <
tagging at openstreetmap.org> ha scritto:

> One of topics often appearing is mismatch between meaning of key
> and key text.
> Especially among newbies interested in discussions.
> "why we use natural=water for man made canals?"
> "why we tag man made beaches as natural=?"
> "Lets migrate natural=water to landcover=water".
> So far I was basically ignoring this because it was not worth writing
> a full explanation every single time.
> This page is intended as something that can be linked when
> someone encounters such puzzling situation.
> Page that explains that
> (1) yes, this is confusing
> (2) why we ended in such situation
> (3) what are ideas for resolving this and why they are still not done
> would be useful for linking in such cases
> It is created at
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Mismatching_key_names
> but page name is horrible. Ideas for a better one is welcome.
> Also, I only started it - help in expanding and improving it
> is highly welcomed.
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