[Talk-GB] Mass edits of landuse /natural tags
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Thu Apr 25 15:42:44 UTC 2013
John Baker wrote:
> But if there was no existing landuse tag what is the harm?
Without visiting each place and doing an on-site survey, how do you know
what the actual landuse is?
It worries me that these sort of global search-and-replaces are taking
place without any discussion
The best person to decide what something should be tagged as is someone
who's been there and had a look. They may be making incorrect
assumptions about tag use (think of the various odd "designations" that
pop up from newbies that are really "descriptions"), but in that case
the best way is to discuss it with the mapper concerned, then raise on a
list such as this one if they insist on "doing it wrong". In most cases
with non-newbie mappers there's usually a genuine reason why they've
tagged things as they have. Any attempt to restrict tag use like this
will restrict the usefulness of the data, in this case to "well it looks
green on aerial imagery", which anyone in their armchair can see. The
advantage of OSM over other maps (even over the OS for most of the
country) is having people who actually go there and have a look, not
just take as given what e.g. a local authority thinks is there, or what
it looks like from a few thousand feet up.
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