[Talk-us] Moving historic railroad ways from OSM to OpenHistoricalMap

Russ Nelson nelson at crynwr.com
Thu Apr 2 04:15:19 UTC 2015

Brad Neuhauser writes:
 > I understand keeping a feature in OSM if there is a remnant of the
 > railroad, but there are areas where everything has been replatted, regraded
 > and redeveloped, yet there is still a "razed" feature in OSM (for one small
 > example, see https://www.openstreetmap.org/edit?#map=16/38.8663/-94.7943).
 > This seems like a good candidate for moving out of OSM to OHM.

What problem would be solved by this action? Making "the map" more
correct? But "the map" *already* doesn't render abandoned railways,
much less razed railways. It serves to make OpenRailwayMap less
correct. That can't be a good thing. It makes the ITO subject-specific
maps less correct. That can't be a good thing.

I can understand if someone deletes a railway by hitting the wrong
key. I can understand if someone deletes a railway that is tagged
incorrectly as disused or abandoned when it should be tagged as
dismantled. I can understand if somone goes to the location of an
abandoned railway, and doesn't see the evidence that an expert
sees. But surely the person who made those mistakes will not be
unhappy if his mistake gets reverted and the tagging (if incorrect)
gets fixed.

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