[Talk-GB] When is a hedge a wood?

Chris Hill osm at raggedred.net
Mon Aug 27 18:00:13 UTC 2018

On 27/08/2018 18:09, Martin Wynne wrote:
>> Landuse=highway does have some usage, and certainly the term forbidden
>> does not exist in OSM.
>> There is no such thing as available, if you think a new tag is needed
>> then you can use it.
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/landuse%3Dhighway
> Hi Phil,
> I'm confused. If anyone can use anything, what is the meaning of 
> having a vote about it?
> That page says voting on landuse=highway was suspended 5 years ago, 
> and there are more opposed to it than in favour.
> There must be some distinction between "official" tags and home-made 
> ones, otherwise how is the renderer to know what to do with them? If 
> it is not rendered, and no-one knows it exists to be searched for, 
> what is the point of adding it to the database? If I put 
> landuse=ufo_landing_pad who would ever know that it is in there?
There are no official or approved tags. There are thousands of renders, 
each one is free to use the tags they want. If you want a specialist 
cycle map or specialist sports map you can create it, focussing on the 
items you want to show. The problem with having a few maps on the 
landing page of OSM is that newcomers assume they are the way things are 
rendered, when anything is possible.

Voting is, IMHO, largely pointless and possibly a bad thing as it lends 
an air of importance to a tag when in reality a couple of dozen people 
said Yes to an idea they may know nothing about nor even ever use.

The only metric that matters is whether a tag is used, and yes landuse = 
highway is used and makes a lot of sense to me.

If you want to add UFO landing pads that you can *verify* on the ground 
then use the tag. If it is popular then the guys who maintain the OSM 
website map schemas may even include them there. You would be free to 
create your own map render that shows the sites for the hoards of UFO 
spotters to navigate there.


Chris Hill (chillly)

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