[Tagging] Is it OK to consider and describe landcover=water as deprecated?

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Sat Mar 6 07:26:27 UTC 2021

In short, I want to confirm whatever
better describes actual situation how this tag is used right now.

Mar 6, 2021, 07:47 by tagging at openstreetmap.org:

> landcover=water is a tag 
> duplicating more widely used tags such
> as natural=water, waterway=riverbank etc
> with minimal use
> (1038 uses worldwide, compared to say
> 11 040 604 of natural=water)
> It is unsupported by editors and data consumers
> In actual use it is accompanied by normal
> water tags
> It is useful only if someone is trying to
> deprecate natural=water (and many other
> natural/landuse/etc).
> And such mass deprecation has no 
> support (such massive deprecation
> would require clear support and good plan
> that is not here).
> Overall, this tag sole use is to push
> landcover proposal.
> Can we consider this tag to be deprecated?
> Disclaimer: someone created Wiki page
> for that tag and described in a way 
> suggesting that landcover tags are 
> standard tagging in OSM.
> I edited it to describe it as a deprecated 
> duplicate.
> I did it without discussion on tagging
> mailing list as situation was clear,
> given lack of real use, support, existing
> clear tagging and lack of anything 
> supporting that tag.
> Yesterday someone edited to remove
> most of description as a pointless duplicate.
> PS I really, really want to avoid people 
> doing "I am migrating tagging to
> landcover=water" and being able to
> justify it with Wiki page.

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