[Talk-us] [OSM-talk] Building a free/open reviews community w/ OSM support

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Tue Aug 9 05:05:27 UTC 2016

On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 9:42 PM, Pine W <wiki.pine at gmail.com> wrote:

> Speaking as an OSM novice but an experienced Wikimedian, having Wikidata
> ID tags makes sense to me. This sounds like something that could benefit
> Wikidata, Wikipedia, and other projects that recognize Wikidata IDs. There
> might be no need to have multiple external ID tags in OSM if the Wikidata
> tag is included and if other projects can recognize the Wikidata ID.
> However, this assumes that Wikidata agrees that objects that get tagged in
> OSM are worthy of having a Wikidata item; an unremarkable McDonald's might
> be below that threshold for Wikidata even if the store is worthy of
> inclusion on OSM. Pinging Lydia and Yuri to ask if they have thoughts about
> this.

It was great meeting you at sotmus.

Wikipedia tags should only be used on objects that have a wikipedia
article. McDonalds fastfood locations wouldn't normally have an article.
Similarly, something I can relate better to is Starbucks. We had a problem
where people were adding the starbucks wikipedia tag to every location. As
far as I could tell, only one starbucks has an article, the one by Pike
Place Market. Having the wikipedia tag was creating a problem with
Nominatim which gives a higher rank to locations with a wikipedia article.

Most likely many brand name stores are tagged wrong. Someone with good
skills could write a script, after approval from the community, to remove
those tags.


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