[Tagging] Deprecate water=pond?

Brian M. Sperlongano zelonewolf at gmail.com
Wed Nov 11 13:10:05 UTC 2020

Is it actually desirable to distinguish a "lake" from a "pond"?  If so,
what is the difference?  Is it just that a body of water is named "XYZ
Pond" versus "XYZ Lake"?  If so, isn't water=pond versus water=lake derived
from and redundant with name?

Is there a conceivable scenario where a data consumer or renderer would
care about the distinction between these two tags?

Whether it is called "lake" or "pond" or "hole" or "tarn" or "loch" or even
"sea", these seem to be customary terms rather than distinct features with
definable characteristics.

On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 7:35 AM Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>

> From what I understood to me it also seems desirable to distinguish a
> "lake" from a "pond", although there may be edge cases and no clear cut
> between both, for many cases it will be clear which one to choose. Maybe
> most could be solved by depth and surface dimensions, but we are generally
> missing the depth information so in practise we can not rely on it.
> I am still not completely sure which water bodies can be characterized as
> a pond (e.g. do all these German words apply: "Teich", "Tümpel", "Weiher"?
> What about "Lache" and "Soll"?) May a pond fall dry? Is there a minimum
> dimension?
> Cheers,
> Martin
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