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

Christoph Hormann osm at imagico.de
Fri Aug 16 08:22:40 UTC 2019

The problem about proposal pages is that they can be infinitely 
theoretical, non-verifiable or outright insane.  So telling a mapper 
who is thinking about inventing a new tag to search the proposals if 
there is one that already covers what they want to do is not 
practicable.  Because even if there is a proposal that deals with the 
same kind of situation the mapper is confronted with that does not mean 
the proposal contains a practicable idea of how to tag this.

The advisable approach to making tag documentation on the wiki better 
usable is IMO not to further blur the line between documentation of the 
de facto meaning of tags by humans and all the other uses of the wiki 
(like proposals, automatically assembled data etc.) but more strictly 
separating them.  If you (theoretically - it would probably be a lot of 
work to do this practically) take all tagging documentation from the 
wiki no matter where it is and remove everything that is not strictly 
documenting the de facto meaning of tags in the OSM database the result 
would be a pretty compact body of documentation.

Christoph Hormann

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