[Tagging] Ponds are not observable on the ground

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 13:38:23 UTC 2020

On 19/03/2020 13:15, pangoSE wrote:
> Hi
> IMO pond should not be mapped because it is not observable on the 
> ground. How do you determine if it is
> "artificially created"/"man made"?

Most ponds that I add are as a result of survey, so "should not be 
mapped because it is not observable on the ground" doesn't make a lot of 
sense to me.  To be honest, I usually just leave them as natural=water, 
but that's just my laziness.

> As it stands right now in the wiki I suggest we either deprecate the 
> tag completely or change the definition to something that is 
> observable on the ground.
If you're sat there looking at a pond, it's usually pretty obvious 
whether it's man-made or not.  Has it got a man-made dam at one side and 
is it fed by obviously man-made ditches?  Then it's probably man-made.  
Is it just in a natural dip in the ground with none of those features?  
Then it probably isn't.

Even if you're looking at imagery some of those features will still be 
visible - mill ponds show up pretty clearly, as do the waterways created 
to feed them.

Best Regards,


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