[Tagging] "Caution" on military pages

stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Tue Jan 19 03:27:07 UTC 2021


Mmmm, I have already mapped a great deal of swimming pools which are visible from the satellite / aerial imagery we are happy to license and encourage mappers to use.  (Some during a HOT activity which asked me to do this, which along with dozens of others, I did during a major fire over the course of 36 hours).  I am nearly certain that some of these were used by water-bucket-dipping helicopter pilots to save structures (barns, homes) and possibly lives (livestock, at least) from being burned.  I can see and do map building outlines and swimming pools (and other mappable objects) which are not necessarily visible from a public place (unless you include Low Earth Orbit).  Do we really want to (apparently?) "change the rules" like this?  I'm not a mapper of home toilets and rubbish bins on private property, but building outlines and swimming pools, well, sometimes, yes.  I didn't do anything wrong by doing so.

Take care tagging "private" objects?  Sure, though that's a wet spectrum.  Tagging military objects?  Yep, be VERY careful.

> Template:Mapping Private Property - OpenStreetMap Wiki
> Please map private property with care. It is not appropriate to map fully private objects such as home toilets or rubbish bins. Mapped objects should be fully public, tagged carefully with access=permissive, or available to paying customers and tagged with access=customers.Significant private objects such as building outlines or swimming pools should be visible from a public place.



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