[OSM-talk] Proposed mechanical edit - elimination of osmarender:nameDirection - blatant tagging for the renderer

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Fri Mar 15 20:13:38 UTC 2019

Why would we want to create new versions of objects just to remove a tag
that is not hurting anybody in any way?

The correct way to handle this is to add the tag to the list of
deprecated tags that should be automatically removed (essentially iD has
a list and JOSM has one too), when and if the objects are ever edited
the tags will then be removed.


Am 15.03.2019 um 20:16 schrieb Mateusz Konieczny:
> osmarender:nameDirection=* is an old tag that is case of tagging for
> the renderer.
> Additionally, Osmarender is defunct anyway.
> I propose to purge this tag from database as useless, confusing and
> encouraging
> tagging for renderer.
> This edit would remove about 2000 osmarender:nameDirection=* tags
> worldwide,
> with most of them in Germany and England.
> osmarender:nameDirection is described on OSM Wiki as
> "By default Osmarender will draw street names left-to-right along ways.
> It uses the longitude (horizontal position) of the start and end
> points of the
> way to determine the direction.
> In some cases, for example, very winding roads, the automatically chosen
> name direction is not ideal. In this case the way can be tagged with
> osmarender:nameDirection=-1 or osmarender:nameDirection=1 as a
> hint to tell Osmarender which way to draw the name. "
> Automated edit page:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Mechanical_Edits/Mateusz_Konieczny_-_bot_account/elimination_of_osmarender:nameDirection_-_blatant_tagging_for_the_renderer
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