[Tagging] Riverbanks

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Tue Jul 21 12:15:44 UTC 2020

Jul 21, 2020, 12:13 by email at daniel-korn.de:

> Am 21.07.2020 um 10:55 schrieb Tomas Straupis:
>> 2020-07-21, an, 11:20 dktue rašė:
>>> Why do we need both variants and why don't we just say that
>>> waterway=riverbank is preferred?
>> There is an original OpenStreetMap water schema with lakes as
>> natural=water, reservoirs as landuse=reservoir, riverbanks as
>> waterway=riverbank etc. It is a perfectly working schema.
>>  At some point there was a new schema proposed with a totally nerdy
>> motivation "to make some sql's simpler". That new schema has no
>> advantage in cartography, GIS or IT sense. It is totally NERDY. This
>> nerdy scheme was ignored in the beginning but then came the iD which
>> took a totally non-analytical and authoritarian attitude and not only
>> chose to support nerdy water schema, but even decided to support ONLY
>> it. And in recent year iD coders went even further and started lying
>> to its users that original OpenStreetMap water schema is "deprecated'
>> even when it never was.
>>  So this is the reason why we have two schemas. It is very
>> unfortunate that there is no way to prohibit such nonsense nerdy
>> schemas into OpenStreetMap :-(
> So why can't the wiki state: "If you tag, then please do so using waterway=riverbank" (as this is preferred by the *community*)?
Because despite claims mentioned above - there are also people preferring the second schema,
it is not case of "iD developers vs community" like it is/was with some case.
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