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

Peter Neale nealepb at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Mar 6 07:53:32 UTC 2021

Sorry to nag, but I think you mean "whether".
Keep up the good work on behalf of the community.
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  On Sat, 6 Mar 2021 at 7:31, Mateusz Konieczny via Tagging<tagging at openstreetmap.org> wrote:    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
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 

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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