[Tagging] Deprecating and removing from OSM tag used as a bookmark by specific organisation

Niels Elgaard Larsen elgaard at agol.dk
Fri Jan 29 12:23:34 UTC 2021

På Fri, 29 Jan 2021 08:31:21 +0100 (CET)
Mateusz Konieczny via Tagging <tagging at openstreetmap.org> skrev:
>THere is rfr tag defined as "To confirm the features of interest to
>Richmond BC Fire Rescue."

I agree that they do not belong in OSM.
But maybe they could be made more specific to express e.g., why they
are of interest to Fire Rescue. If it because a building have
sprinklers that could be tagged, although the wiki only covers
individual sprinklers.

>I think that such tags clearly should not be used, can be removed and
>are in general a bad idea.
>If someone wants to mark features relevant to them, they should do it
>in their own system
>- not by adding tags to objects in OpenStreetMap database.
>Would it be OK to mark this tag as deprecated and remove all of them
>(there is just 1168 of them).
>Note also that user who added them is not editing for 6 years (though
>I still asked them whatever this tag is even used).
>See https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:rfr
>In case of other similar bookmark tags ("tags marking that
>organization/person marked this objects as interesting/important to
>them" or "my favorite restaurants" etc) - is it OK to just remove them
>as clearly out of scope of OSM?

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