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

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Sun Mar 17 21:09:16 UTC 2019

There's also a few osmarender:renderName in the UK. Maybe check 
osmarender:* to collate all?

Never comprehended the reluctance to remove dead items. Does stepping 
the version /really/ cause any harm?
Contributors, especially newbies, often copy tags from existing examples 
with redundant tags often propagating as result.

We allow everybody to add data (which I agree with), but there's an 
increasing resistance to anybody suggesting tag removal.

If it improves database quality, then go for it.


On 15/03/2019 20:13, Simon Poole wrote:
> 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
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