[Tagging] "Feature Proposal - RFC - Qanat"

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 26 14:36:48 UTC 2020

On Fri, 26 Jun 2020 at 14:44, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>

> On 26. Jun 2020, at 12:52, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> A lot of the UK's sewer network is old.  Like a qanat, it channels water
> and
> has vertical shafts.  Little of that network, except some of the very first
> sewers in the UK, is of historical significance.
> according to WP the London sewer system was developed from the late 19th
> century on. This is not “old” in a historic sense, looking at a city that
> has thousands of years of history. I don’t know about the rest of the
> country but I would suspect that it wasn’t ahead of London.

AFAIK, London's sewerage system was the first such public system in the UK
that wasn't simply dumping the stuff in the nearest river.  As such, the
elements of that system are of historical interest not because of their age
but because they were the first.

> Historic is of course relative, as is old.

Erm, no.  Due to recent events, civil rights and equality in the US are
very likely to change drastically (hopefully for the better but there is a
small chance of things changing for the worse).  If the right side wins,
I foresee a memorial of some sort being erected to George Floyd.
What distinguishes that particular bit of street from any other bit of the
same street is not the age (both bits were constructed at the same time)
or the age of the street relative to the rest of the city, but that an event
of historical interest took place there.

Historic is not a synonym for old or for relatively old.

All this becomes even more relative if you look at actual usage of the
> historic key in OpenStreetMap :
> https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/historic#values

Sadly, not all mappers bother to read the wiki page and assume that historic
is a synonym for old or for disused or for repurposed.

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