[talk-au] Basic question

cleary osm at 97k.com
Fri Oct 8 00:49:20 UTC 2021

Good mapping practice is to keep administrative boundaries such as state parks, conservation areas, suburbs etc separate from natural features such as water, waterways, woods etc.  While they sometimes approximate, they rarely coincide exactly.  

Tagging a state park as natural=wood is usually inappropriate because there will, nearly always, be parts of the park that are unwooded.  Best to map the park with its official boundary and then map the natural features separately using other unofficial sources such as survey and satellite imagery.

On Fri, 8 Oct 2021, at 7:59 AM, Andrew & Ingrid Parker wrote:
> Hi everyone
> I am a basic OSM editor. I usually just correct obvious map errors I 
> find while hiking/cycling. I have tried to be a little more ambitious 
> every now and then, but I have found it can be quite difficult to keep 
> other editors happy with what I do.
> My question is: Can you have overlapping 'areas'? I was told by someone 
> in this group that you can't.
> For example; Where something like the boundaries of a State Park and a 
> forested area are not the same. This is the issue where I was told that 
> you can't do that. 
> This makes no logical sense to me as this happens all the time.
> I would appreciate some guidance on this issue.
> Kind regards
> Andrew Parker
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