[OSM-talk] Tagging Governance

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Wed Sep 11 12:45:03 UTC 2019

Am Mi., 11. Sept. 2019 um 14:30 Uhr schrieb Joseph Eisenberg <
joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>:

>  Perhaps the current wiki-based system is
> fine, as long as enough people are invested in maintaining it.

Btw, sometimes tiny details can make huge differences. Some years ago, the
default action to automatically watch a wiki page when you modified it, was
activated, and since then I'm monitoring changes to the pages I care about.
Since this setting was introduced/changed, more eyes are on the pages (but
it isn't helping for problematic new pages, naturally, I guess there are
similar streams for new pages, and I hope some people are having an eye on
these, but I'm not sure).

> It might be helpful to agree that Tag: and Key: pages on the
> Openstreetmap wiki should document "de facto", actual mapping practice
> rather than what a particular person thinks should be done - this
> being reserved for Proposal pages.

yes, although it is hard to tell, often, because when you go checking some
instances, ideally you need to know the "thing" that is represented, so
everybody will have a very limited view of very few examples she personally
And it is also clear that there will always be some outliers. When you
discover them, you can either change the docs to include them, or you can
remap them to more appropriate tags ;-) If we go always with the first
solution, we will end up in the long run with all tags meaning everything
(or nothing) ;-).

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