[Tagging] Deprecation - waterway=riverbank vs water=river

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Sat Mar 6 13:01:07 UTC 2021

On 06/03/2021 11:29, Andy Townsend wrote:
> People might object that:
>  1. It looks like the object has been mapped more recently than it has
>     been
>  2. It looks like the "post tagfiddling" tags are more popular with
>     actual OSM mappers than they actually are
> These last two are valid concerns

1. Not valid. The list of versions of an entity clearly shows it's 
history. Some software being unable to show the history or a user being 
unaware of how to look it up, is *not* the responsibility of the 
contributor making the edit.

2. Not valid. A destination between 'popularity' (the tag most used now) 
& majority (the tag most used overall). Being a majority due to previous 
popularity doesn't make it best one to use today. Changing a poorly 
conceived tag to a more useful, accurate one is a *genuine* edit to 
improve the quality of the OSM database, not a 'fiddle'.

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