[OSM-talk] Not attaching polygons to roads

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Thu Feb 20 22:40:39 UTC 2014


On 20.02.2014 23:04, Dave F. wrote:
> There's a general consensus that attaching polygons to ways that
> represent roads was a bad idea.

Not really.

There is not a consensus but a ceasefire. Everyone is free to map this
as they like, and to change it if there's a need - e.g. someone else has
connected the field to the road, now you want to map the fence, so you
need to split it apart. That's ok. Similarly, someone re-doing the whole
area from better imagery or whatever has every right to map as he
pleases - if they thing they can be more efficient by joining
boundaries, more power to them.

What is *not* ok is one person "cleaning up" after the other without
actually adding any other improvement.

I.e. if the other guy has connected the fields and the roads and you
have been *only* pulling them apart without contributing anything else
to the area in question, then you should have let them be; on the other
hand, if the other guy has merged fields and roads that previously were
separate, then they shouldn't have done that.

This whole question is essentially a matter of taste, and you are
allowed to map according to your taste, and discouraged from enforcing
your taste for others.


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