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

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Fri Mar 15 20:24:22 UTC 2019

Because it is especially broken and confusing - and promotes tagging for renderer.

"not hurting anybody in any way" is quite strong claim that I think is false. 

It is not a big problem but every time someone encounters it for the first time
either has one more thing on "confusing things about OSM" or wastes time
on checking what is this thing.

And "create new versions of object" is extremely minor cost.

"The correct way to handle this is to" - I would say that it is a matter of opinion what is preferred.

Personally I consider one more entry in history to be vastly less confusing and irritating
than a directly visible tag that should not be present.

Mar 15, 2019, 9:13 PM by simon at poole.ch:

> 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.
> Simon
> 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 <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Mechanical_Edits/Mateusz_Konieczny_-_bot_account/elimination_of_osmarender:nameDirection_-_blatant_tagging_for_the_renderer>
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