[Tagging] spring:type=hot deprecation

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 14:57:26 UTC 2021

Geothermal hot springs look and smell and function differently than a water

It makes sense to tag them differently, and natural=hot_spring is the
popular way to do this.

Similarly a natural=geyser should not be tagged only as a natural=spring

Tags are free. There is no harm in allowing different tags for different

—Joseph Eisenberg

On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 12:02 AM Stefan Tauner <stefan.tauner at gmx.at> wrote:

> On Fri, 8 Jan 2021 08:17:20 +0100 (CET)
> Mateusz Konieczny via Tagging <tagging at openstreetmap.org> wrote:
> > I set its status to deprecated as it
> >
> > 1) was already described as deprecated ("Please use natural=hot_spring
> instead")
> > 2) competing tag is significantly more used
> >
> > See https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:spring:type%3Dhot
> >
> > Feel free to revert that if someone disagrees
> I am not strictly rejecting this but here are my 2ct:
> There was a proposal for natural=hot_spring that was met with a lot of
> criticism and was never put to vote. The usage numbers are 1:20 but
> this has to put in perspective since iD has added support (only) for
> natural=hot_spring so it is not really surprising that it has
> significant more uses (I did not check though if chronology matches
> that assumption).
> Combined they have about 3500 uses. This is not prohibitively many to
> manually check and change them to spring:type=hot (I have done similarly
> laborious edits in the past). IMHO the only argument for not doing
> that, and/or trying to standardize spring:type are the support by some
> data users (I only know OSMand and that can easily be changed...).
> I personally think that natural=hot_spring is a mistake (I have no
> history with either of those tags whatsoever and only became aware of
> them by your email but it seems obvious to me after skimming through
> the proposal discussion).
> --
> Kind regards/Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Stefan Tauner
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