[OSM-talk] Review of name and boundary tagging - revised and amended guidelines to address and resolve disputes

Christoph Hormann osm at imagico.de
Mon Jul 12 08:40:39 UTC 2021

On Monday 12 July 2021, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> I object to the suggested *approach* because [...]
> I object to the suggested *proposal* because [...]

Not to mention the fact that this is completely at odds with OSM being a 
decentralized global project of people who largely don't share a common 

And the fact that this is completely at odds with the core principle of 
mapping in OSM - verifiability[1] and would import us all of the 
problems of Wikipedia with the constant struggle for opinion leadership 
and selective presentation of reliable sources(tm) - as we could all 
vitness in the course of this overlong thread.

> Name= الخليج العربي / خليج فارس
> Name:en= Persian Gulf
> Name:ar= الخليج العربي
> Name:fa= خليج فارس

Some might be astonished but i think this would probably not be such a 
bad idea.  It would after all demonstrate once and for all that the 
name tag in OSM no more represents a meaningful single name but is in 
fact a label tag used by mappers to hand paint labels in maps.  Having 
this as a honeypot in the OSM database for those who don't want to 
accept the principle of verifiability could actually be a workable 
solution (though kind of instable and wasteful in the long term for 
sure).  It might get us closer to an actual solution to the name 
tagging problem[2]. ;-)

[1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Verifiability

Christoph Hormann

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