[OSM-talk] [Tagging] Document personal tags in Proposed_features/ space, User: space, or Tag:/Key: space?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Aug 15 11:46:38 UTC 2019

I agree that they should be documented. It's true that it can be hard
to find proposal page features when searching the wiki, but I find it
hard to find anything with the current search feature (often it's
easier to use taginfo and find the wiki links that way).

There was a suggestion back in March to have proposal pages start with
a Proposal: namespace instead of Proposed_features/ - perhaps this
namespace could be included in wiki searches by default? And taginfo
could take information from the Proposal Page template, in addition to
Description (assuming it doesn't already?).

- Joseph

On 8/15/19, Christoph Hormann <osm at imagico.de> wrote:
> On Thursday 15 August 2019, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
>> In contrast, the current text of the wiki page "Any tags you like
>> suggests creating a new tag for bird nests (as an example) with
>> Key:endangered_nest=Siberian_flying_squirrel - besides suggesting
>> using non-standard capitalization in the value, this suggests
>> creating a new Key: / Tag: page directly, rather than using
>> User:username/ or Proposed_features/.
>> Is this a good idea?  Occasionally new wiki pages are created in
>> these standard spaces for tags with only a few uses or no uses in the
>> database.
> Yes, IMO it is not only acceptable to document newly invented tags but
> also advisable to do so.  Note however inventing tags in this context
> means actively using them, not theoretical inventions along the lines
> of "I would like mappers to tag things this way therefore i document
> the tag as if it was being used".  Elaborate tagging schemes should be
> discussed before being used and not be invented ad hoc by individual
> mappers.
> The reason is - as you mentioned - the "Any tags you like" principle.
> It means you can and should invent new tags for *things no tag exists
> for so far*.  To allow mappers to determine if there is already an
> existing tag for a certain type of feature tags have to be documented.
> Or looking at things the other way round:  If inventing new tags is
> encouraged but it is discouraged to document them in a way that can be
> easily found by other mappers that would massively emphasize tag
> proliferation since mappers will repeatedly invent new and different
> tags for certain things because they are unaware that another mapper
> has already invented a tag for this.
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> Christoph Hormann
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