[Tagging] List of obviously needed improvements to OSM Wiki

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Sun Jan 17 12:13:17 UTC 2021

Note: if you tried one of things below and failed for some
reason - please ask for help, I will try to help with that.

Note: this post is kind of experimental and attempt to
expand a bit number of people editing and improving wiki.

For various reasons number of people editing wiki is much
smaller that number of people participating in tagging
discussions, and while I am trying to be objective it
is not a good idea to have tiny group of people writing most of
summaries of tagging discussions and documenting de facto tags.

OSM Wiki includes plenty of useful documentation, but more is needed.

Help would be highly welcomed - there is need to both improve existing
wiki pages and to document tags that are not documented right now.

(A) images are missing in the infobox:

I recently added images to for example

* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:cycleway:right=lane
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:canal=qanat
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:telecom=data_center
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:social_facility%3Dsoup_kitchen
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:trees
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:second_hand

Help with other would be appreciated, there are many other waiting

You can help by finding a suitable image for one of articles listed below (if you want
- you can just link something from https://commons.wikimedia.org/ and I will
add it if you prefer to avoid editing part itself).
has a bit more info

* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:office=ngo
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:residential=apartments
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:plant
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:roundtrip
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:building:soft_storey
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:shelter_type=weather_shelter
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:condition
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:building:architecture
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:indoormark
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:name:left
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:canal
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:wall=no
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:place=locality
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:substation=industrial
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:office=religion
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:service:bicycle:pump
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:message
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:orientation
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:snowmobile
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:passenger=yes
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:service=tyres
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:historic=mine

(if you edit wiki - it is likely that this pages would benefit also
from other improvements)

(B) Tags with quickly growing usage but without own page
for some info how OSM Wiki pages are created note: linked page is in a
very early draft, edits, contributions are greatly appreciated! Even
comments about what is unclear or missing greatly increase chance of
further improvements. For example comment which TODO is especially
important is very likely to result in edit fixing it.

I recently handled some new popular landuse (by reverting an
undiscussed import on unknown copyright status that imported parcels as

building=plot (increase by 10022 in last 100 days):

amenity=waste_dump_site (increase by 6991 in last 100 days):

man_made=tar_kiln (increase by 6924 in last 100 days):

man_made=avalanche_protection (increase by 4752 in last 100 days):

natural=hummock (increase by 1715 in last 100 days):

landuse=static_caravan (increase by 1089 in last 100 days):

landuse=parcel (increase by 2634 in last 100 days):

historic=hollow_way (increase by 4535 in last 100 days):

waterway=soakhole (increase by 4272 in last 100 days):

barrier=avalanche_protection (increase by 5493 in last 100 days):

barrier=property_boundary (increase by 1374 in last 100 days):


status info is missing and should be added (see
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag_status ):
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:taxi
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:source_ref
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:zone:TEC
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:historic=shieling
* https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:horse_scale

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