[OSM-talk] Reordering and rewriting Good Practice wiki page

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Jul 4 04:15:35 UTC 2019

As mentioned, I plan to significantly shorten the "Keep the history"
section, with a link to the longer version at
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Keep_the_history instead.

I would probably support shortening the page even further, but I've
already had several edits reverted by other users who are in favor of
including various sections.

On 7/4/19, Yves <yvecai at mailbox.org> wrote:
> Hmm... I would be all in favor of extending the See also... section and
> shorten drastically the page to keep it simple.
> Some of the good practices there are second order, don't you think?
> Keeping history compared to Tag for the renderer, for example.
> Yves
> Le 4 juillet 2019 05:53:23 GMT+02:00, Joseph Eisenberg
> <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com> a écrit :
>>I've reordered and reworded several sections of the Good practice
>>page: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Good_practice
>>The page had grown over the years from 6 or 7 initial sections:
>>(First verion of page in 2008
>>1) Don't map for the renderer
>>2) One feature, one OSM-object
>>3) Keep straight ways straight
>>4) Map what's on the ground
>>5)a) Don't remove tags you don't understand
>>   b) Document your custom-tags
>>6) Do correct errors
>>Now there were 22 different sections, several added this past year
>>without discussion, and they were not organized:
>>I've reordered and categorized these sections under 7 main headings:
>>1	Do correct errors
>>2	Verifiability (+Map what's on the ground, Don't map: historic
>>events, temporary features, local legislation etc)
>>3	Don't map for the renderer (+ Don't misuse name tag)
>>4	Good changeset comments (+Keep the history)
>>5	One feature, one OSM element
>>6	Editing Standards: (Align aerial imagery before tracing, Do not
>>trace from outdated imagery... Keep straight ways straight ... Mark
>>estimations with FIXME ... etc.)
>>7	Document your custom-tags (Don't remove tags that you don't
>>I've made some wording changes for more consistent and concise style,
>>and removed some examples (eg abandoned railways)
>>I've removed 2 sections added in the past year:
>>"Don't map insignificant, perishable and mobile objects"
>>- this section duplicated information in the exiting heading about
>>temporary features
>>"Don't censor anything existing in reality for any reason. Avoid
>>interpolations if there is sufficient imagery."
>>- This seems redundant and the part about censoring data isn't
>>completely correct. We don't add personal info about who lives in a
>>private house, for example.
>>While I haven't done this yet, I would also recommend moving the long
>>details about "Keep the history", involving how to use specific
>>editors and checking history in certain editors, along with the
>>section "Check the history of important objects" which duplicates
>>advice in the Aerial Imagery section, to a new page, with a link:
>>Joseph Eisenberg, User:Jeisenbe
>>talk mailing list
>>talk at openstreetmap.org

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