[OSM-talk] Instead of voting

Apollinaris Schoell aschoell at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 06:22:13 BST 2009

can you move this thread to the new list where it belongs?

Hi all,

I'm pleased to announce a new mailing list: tagging at openstreetmap.org .

You can subscribe at:

The mailing list description is "tag discussion, strategy and related

The list will enable those who want to discuss tags to do so at any
length they like, especially those who might not subscribe to talk@
because of its general high volume but would like to be involved in
tagging discussions. Equally, it will help those who are less
interested, and only use a subset of tags in their mapping work, avoid
the discussions.

Enjoy. :)


On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 9:06 PM, Russ Nelson <nelson at crynwr.com> wrote:

> Doctau created the following page, and various other people have
> contributed to it.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/VotingOnTheWikiIsStupid
> I don't think voting is stupid, but I do believe that voting is not
> productive.  Here's what I believe we should do instead of voting on
> features:
> 1) Just map.
> 2) Use existing keys if you can.  When you use a key, check to see if
> there's an existing value that matches what you are mapping.  To go
> looking, put your key into the following URL where it says "shop":
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:shop
> 3) Use existing tags if you can.  When you use a tag (key=value),
> check to see if an existing tag is already documented.  Don't use it
> in a different way if it's already documented.  To go looking, change
> this URL where it says "shop=car":
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:shop=car
> 4) If you used a tag that isn't in the wiki, document your use of the
> tag, so that other people won't use your tag to mean something else.
> 5) If you disagree with the definition of the key or value, then
> create a new key or value with a different name, use it in your
> editing, document it in the wiki, AND (this is important) put a link
> to it in the definition that you disagree with.
> 6) The risk of this system is that people will not find tags that have
> the meaning they're looking for.  They'll then create a new tag which
> has an identical or similar meaning to an existing one.  If you find a
> pair of these tags which have similar meanings, you should edit the
> wiki pages for them, and include pointers to each other.
> The benefit is that people spend more time mapping and less time
> coordinating with each other on things that don't need to be
> coordinated in advance.
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