[Tagging] Who has the last word over the access tag?

Jez Nicholson jez.nicholson at gmail.com
Sun Apr 25 14:18:30 UTC 2021

Okay, I'll play..... Current on-the-ground observations demonstrate the
paths to be permissive and should be tagged as such (I can't help feeling
there's a trap in here). As they say around here, "possession is nine
tenths of the law"

On Sun, 25 Apr 2021, 15:06 Julien djakk, <djakk.geographie at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> it looks like the red lights or turn restrictions : in some areas, lots of
> people do not respect it.
> Julien « djakk »
> Le dim. 25 avr. 2021 à 13:53, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> a
> écrit :
>> Hello,
>> this is a fable built on a real-world case. Please don't guess what the
>> real-world case behind this is; it doesn't matter. Do me a favour and
>> discuss the fable.
>> Let's assume you buy a large plot of land and a nice holiday home
>> somewhere on a pacific island. You travel there regularly and enjoy the
>> beautiful landscaped garden. You put up "Private property - no
>> trespassing" signs and hire a couple of guards to ensure nobody enters
>> your property. Consequently the paths in your garden are mapped in OSM
>> as access=private.
>> One day while you are in your home country there is a coup on the
>> pacific island, and the self-proclaimed island government nullifies all
>> foreign land ownership. Your guards go home and someone pulls out the
>> "No trespassing" signs. Random people start enjoying your garden and the
>> local police are watching.
>> Let's say this goes on for half a year. The island government has no
>> international backing but they control the island de-facto. You say that
>> the property is still your property no matter what the criminals of the
>> island government say. You take out a one-page ad in the island
>> newspaper saying that the decrees of the island government are null and
>> void and that you will sue anyone who enters your property.
>> Still, every day people are walking across your property and the police
>> are waving happily.
>> Are the paths in your garden still access=private?
>> Bye
>> Frederik
>> --
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