[OSM-talk] Persian/Arabian Gulf Tagging

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Jun 20 05:21:25 UTC 2021

Re: " the name tag is "الخليج العربي" which is the official name that's
used in the 7 countries that surround the gulf. Except for Iran."

But note that the population of Iran is larger than the population of all
the other countries in the Arabian peninsula combined.

In most parts of the world this body of water is known as the Persian Gulf
or an equivalent local term, since this was the historic name in all
Arab-speaking countries until recently.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_Gulf#Name - and also see the long
article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_Gulf_naming_dispute

On Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 6:36 AM Li Yaqo <iata.idp.iq at gmail.com> wrote:

> I don't see a problem here, the name tag is "الخليج العربي" which is the
> official name that's used in the 7 countries that surround the gulf. Except
> for Iran.
> The name "خليج فارس" is used in name:fa, don't force it to the main name
> tag. as the moderators said, "the name tag should be left in peace". And we
> agree on this.
> We saw in your Iranian telegram group the user who started the vandalism
> (user: @benyamindolatpoor) and few others, we saw every message in the
> group that encouraged the vandalism, we read the messages when every single
> member was cursing the name "Arab" and say bad racist things towards Arabs.
> Except for only one member whose name was in yellow we forgot his name. The
> vandal user was writing his "Cyber Jihad" on the group and posting it right
> after doing it, and no one from the Iranian group reverted his changeset or
> complained! The gulf was sabotaged by almost 30 Iranian users, and in the
> end, they have also vandalized Saudi Arabia and other countries. There was
> also an edit when someone removed the "Arabian Sea" name from the "Arabian
> Sea" and changed it to something Persian, his edit was not reverted for
> weeks!
> There is a similar situation I can think of, which is Caspian Sea. This
> sea In Iran is called "دریای خزر" and this is  the one used in osm name
> tag, While this name is only used in Iran, the whole world knows it by
> Caspian Sea name.
> The Caspian Sea is between 5 countries, and Iran is the least bordered
> country in all 5 to the sea. And the Iranian name is still on the General
> name tag. Why didn't you complain about this issue?
> I suggest you care more about the name of your country Iran and correct
> it, since the official name of your country is "جمهوری اسلامی ایران" not
> just "ايران" fix this if you care about names.
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