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

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Thu Jul 4 09:13:37 UTC 2019

It should be 'Don't map *incorrectly* to suit the renderer'

All tags can be used for rendering otherwise we'd just have black dots & 


On 04/07/2019 04:53, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> 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
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Good_practice&oldid=86242)
> 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:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Good_practice&oldid=1861565
> 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 trace from outdated imagery...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 understand...
> 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:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Keep_the_history
> Joseph Eisenberg, User:Jeisenbe
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