[Talk-GB] Suburbs in London/Brum - big edits

Andy Robinson ajrlists at gmail.com
Wed Nov 19 10:45:36 UTC 2014

Will revert the Birmingham changeset so we can discuss locally





From: Tom Chance [mailto:tom at acrewoods.net] 
Sent: 19 November 2014 10:07
To: talk-gb OSM List (E-mail)
Subject: [Talk-GB] Suburbs in London/Brum - big edits


Hello there,


As somebody who dislikes change, I was slightly horrified to see these edits:





The user has changed a whole lot of places within London and Birmingham that were tagged as town / village / hamlet / etc. to place=suburb. He appears to be following the advice now given on the wiki, that:


"Areas of a town/city should not be tagged with place=town, place=village or place=hamlet. These should only be used for distinct settlements."




Apart from the fact that I cannot stand it when the work of self-appointed wiki editors leads to somebody making sweeping edits of others' work, I also really don't like losing the hierarchy of place implicit in Wimbledon being marked as a town, Forest Hill a village, Belleden a hamlet, and so on, and them all just becoming 'suburb'. Apart from the fact that many places in London were historically towns in their own right, they are often also regarded as town centres.


But should we swallow this and move to the use of place=suburb/quarter/neighbourhood?


If so, I'd like to do this properly, instead of the process that this user has gone through to just make everything 'suburb'.








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