[Talk-GB] ref:hectares on admin boundary, and non-responsive mapper

Will Phillips wp4587 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 16 12:11:13 UTC 2016

On 15/08/2016 08:39, Colin Smale wrote:
> Hi,
> I noticed a number of new admin boundaries have been tagged with 
> ref:hectares=* with the numeric value giving the area of the entity in 
> hectares. This feels to me like an inappropriate use of "ref" and also 
> redundant as the area can be calculated simply from the geometry 
> anyway. When I queried this with the mapper (user alexkemp) via a 
> changeset discussion [1] I got the following response:
> "This is an automated response: sorry, but I'm too busy mapping too be 
> able to spare the time to respond to you. Thank you for your interest 
> in my mapping. -Alex Kemp"
> Any thoughts about the tagging?
> Any thoughts about engaging the user? There is also a discussion on 
> another one of his changesets where he unilaterally diverged from the 
> established tagging [2].
> Colin
> [1] http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/41449409
> [2] http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/41371134
>  _____________________________________________

Regarding the 'ref:hectares' tag, it does seem wrong to me. It's not 
consistent with other uses of the ref tag in OSM. Also, I agree that 
tagging area values seems redundant, but perhaps doesn't do any harm in 
this case. I do think at least, they should be retagged, perhaps to 
area:ha or area:hectares?


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