[Tagging] Should we map things that do not exist?

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Sun Jun 14 15:09:36 UTC 2020

Regarding power lines: it is helpful mapping razed power lines as razed and
not removing them completely, because in many cases some of the satellite
pictures still show the towers, or at least the concrete foundations. This
way you avd resurrection.
The same argument applies to other objects as well. Just on ecìxample which
thought me to be careful
Some years back, I had noticed a missing motorway access road and toll
station from different satellite photos. I had used the same motorway exit
about a year earlier. Another user complained, pointing out that that
section had been closed, and he had removed all traces from OSM. Had he
left them as disused or abandoned, I wouldn't have fallen into that trap.
And in effect large parts of the roadways and nearly all related buildings
are still there, but unused or with changed use.


On Sun, 14 Jun 2020 at 16:22, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, 14 Jun 2020 at 14:59, Niels Elgaard Larsen <elgaard at agol.dk>
> wrote:
>> Some stores are tagges as vacant or disused.
>> https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/3405891059
>> Which makes some sense if there still is a physical separate store.
>> And it could be useful, e.g. for someone wanting to lease it.
>> But this one should not have the name.
>> And it is not really a shop. I think it should somehow be tagged as
>> retail space for lease.
>> Because maybe it will be leased by a dentist or an accountant.
> That is where the was: lifecycle prefix and notes are useful: to prevent
> armchair mappers resurrecting something from imagery on the internet.
> I've encountered several images on Wikimedia and Geograph of buildings
> that no longer serve the purpose shown in the image.  But images aren't
> always dated (or not dated correctly) so it may not be possible to
> determine if the edit showing the object to be Fred's Shop pre-
> or post-dates the image showing it to be a cafe.
> --
> Paul
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