[Tagging] How to tag a threshing floor

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 09:07:08 UTC 2020

Am Do., 5. Nov. 2020 um 13:59 Uhr schrieb Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com>:

> This may be a losing battle but I'll point out (once again) that historic
> is not
> a synonym for old, disused or repurposed.

I agree, the word "historic" isn't always a synonymon for old , but the
things that we tag in "historic=*" are not necessarily "historic" in this
strict sense, they are objects of certain types that are generally seen to
fit well under the "historic" umbrella. We do not distinguish "truly
historic" wayshrines from "ordinary" wayshrines. And it is a question of
interpretation whether you consider an "ordinary" wayshrine to be historic
in the sense you are using it.

> It is for objects that are of
> historic interest

in the past century the focus of historians has widened, today there are
many of them who are interested in the general conditions and circumstances
of the society, much more than looking only at single impactful events or
 persons. Anything can become of historic interest, it depends how you
integrate it in the tale ;-)

- not just old (how old is old, anyway?) but which are
> in some way historically noteworthy.

again, I understand what you are after, and I reject that this is a
requirement for things that are tagged with historic=*

> A threshing floor where a
> general planned a decisive battle might be of historic interest, an
> old threshing floor where nothing ever happened but threshing probably
> isn't.

it will be a testimony of historic agrarian production processes and
conditions, in any case.

To me it doesn't make sense to draw a line, dividing the same objects
having more or less historic value. If there is something to distinguish at
all, my suggestion would be to add a qualifier to those objects of
exceptional historical value (if this is verifiable).

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