[Talk-GB] Mass edits of landuse /natural tags

John Baker rovastar at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 25 18:30:43 UTC 2013

If the original editor applied the tags on http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:landuse%3Dmeadow there is no issue. There it defines the state of the managed or unmanaged.

> Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:54:42 +0100
> From: lester at lsces.co.uk
> To: talk-gb at openstreetmap.org
> Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Mass edits of landuse /natural tags
> John Baker wrote:
> > The wiki is a consensus of opinion over the years about how to tag things. The
> > lack of respect for this I find staggering.
> It would be nice if there WAS a consensus. There are a number of 
> 'contradictions' and the area of landuse vs natural has been debated many times 
> and I don't think any of the current 'selections' accurately describe the 
> situation so there is still room for improvement.
> The general consensus seems to be that 'landuse' is used where an area is 
> managed or has been artificially created and natural where there is no 
> discernible management. 
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:natural%3Dgrassland highlights some of 
> the subtle differences, and there is a valid argument for natural=meadow co 
> existing with landuse=meadow since there are still some remaining natural 
> meadowlands, or should that be natural=grassland/grassland=meadow ? I don't see 
> the need for the 'grasslands' here at all - just use meadow,veld,pampas or what 
> ever with natural. 'wood' is another area where there are managed and unmanaged 
> woodland which is not forest.
> landcover was I think proposed at one time to remove the distinction between 
> managed and unmanaged but in reality the distinction IS important even if it's 
> use is not being applied properly. So what checks are you making that there is 
> not such a distinction between the areas that you arbitrarily changing?
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