[Talk-GB] Landuse Farm
phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Fri May 19 14:53:43 UTC 2017
On Fri, 2017-05-19 at 12:22 +0100, SK53 wrote:
> Seems my earlier email was a timely reminder, We seem to be down to
> over 4,500 now. I know I can't have done more than a couple of
> thousand of these.
I have certainly seen evidence that these are simply being armchaired
with no particular overview. I had spotted some locally and decided
against changing the tags until I had the chance to review and map them
> One last note:
> The history of the landuse=farm tag is probably a good example of
> how OSM tags get revised, changed and disappear through a gradual
> process involving evolution of mappers consensus.
> I think the realisation that landuse=farm was ambiguous for mappers
> came even before I joined OSM in late 2008. I remember Harry Wood
> creating the photo showing differences in tagging back in 2009. Many
> mappers slowly moved over to landuse=farmyard & landuse=farmland, but
> obviously there were older objects which did not get retagged and
> some mappers will have continued the earlier usage. Only when it was
> clear that landuse=farm was a less widely used tag was the decision
> taken to remove rendering of the tag in the standard CartoCSS map,
> and it is this which is driving the current "NoFarm" project so as to
> minimise the appearance once that revision goes live.
> This may have been a relatively uncontentious change in tagging, but
> even so it shows that for any widely used set of tags achieving a
> revision in how they are used takes time. There is always a
> perception that doing things in OSM is a race against time, but I
> think in most cases this is erroneous, and particularly because OSM
> itself is not commercial. Most stuff added to OSM is immediately
> useful to someone even if data is incomplete or tagging is
Certainly no race against time for this one, crayoning vast areas of
the countryside orange without considering field boundaries has no
particular value IMHO.
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