[OSM-talk] Documenting controversial iD decisions

Maarten Deen mdeen at xs4all.nl
Wed May 29 05:45:32 UTC 2019

IMHO the strategy for adding roads also should be on this list. The 
optionlist to add accessrights for "all, foot, motorvehicles, bicycle, 
horse" resulting in a foot=yes, motorvehicle=yes, bicycle=yes, horse=yes 
on all roads is creating redundant tagging.


On 2019-05-29 06:29, Andrew Harvey wrote:
> I'm not sure if this should be added, but at the time how iD decided
> to add presets for lifeguards facilities was controversial.
> We used to have documented on the wiki and in use:
> emergency=lifeguard_place
> emergency=lifeguard_base
> emergency=lifeguard_tower
> emergency=lifeguard_platform
> Which each were to be used to map different kinds of lifeguard
> infrastructure on the ground.
> Prompted by a request at
> https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/issues/4918 it was then decided by
> Bryan at
> https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/tagging/2018-June/037080.html
> that "We have too many tags for different kinds of lifeguards.  This
> is too confusing. I don’t want to have to show all these choices to
> iD users."
> And it was decided by the iD maintainers to change the existing used
> and documented tag emergency=lifeguard_place to emergency=lifeguard,
> and only support that tag and none of the other types of lifeguard
> facilities.
> On Wed, 29 May 2019 at 08:50, Michael Reichert
> <osm-ml at michreichert.de> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I started documenting controversial decisions by the maintainers of
>> iD
>> at https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/ID/Controversial_Decisions
>> Currently, only the highway=footway and the nonsquare=yes issue are
>> mentioned.
>> Please feel free to add other issues which have proofed
>> controversial so
>> far. Don't forget to summarise the opinion of the maintainer as well
>> to
>> aim at least some neutrality as far as it is possible for those
>> involved
>> in the disputes. Please add links to relevant discussions as well.
>> Best regards
>> Michael
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