TomH has commented on the following diary entries

Post When Comment
A Suggestion to Fix Poor LSN in the UK about 1 month ago

The fundamental problem is that unparished areas do not have well defined boundaries other than where that abut a parished area, and no two people will agree on exactly where one suburb ends and another one begins - indeed in many places in London there are multiple overlapping names for example.

On top of that any suburb boundary is definitely not an administrative boundary because it does not define an area of administrative control.

So we probably shouldn't add these areas where they are not well defined and verifiable (which I think is pretty much the default) and even if we do that shouldn't be administrative boundaries, they should be some new thing like a suburb_boundary or something. Yes search would then have to be taught to process that but good data always comes first in OSM and we fix the consumers to understand new data rather than abusing the data to suit the consumers.

Are most subway stations actually railway=halt? 7 months ago

I have reverted that change in the wiki now, so it is back to the original meaning.

Are most subway stations actually railway=halt? 7 months ago

See also where the original UK based definition was changed to the German one in the English language wiki in order to "fit content to German version".

Are most subway stations actually railway=halt? 7 months ago

I rather suspect some crazy person has got at that wiki entry...

In common parlance, at least in the UK, a halt was typically a small rural station - to quote wikipedia on the subject:

A halt, in railway parlance in the British Commonwealth, is a small station, usually unstaffed or with very few staff, and with few or no facilities. In some cases, trains stop only on request, when passengers on the platform indicate that they wish to board, or passengers on the train inform the crew that they wish to alight.

Certainly I'm sure that was the definition that people had in mind when railway=halt was first used.

It may be that in Germany the definition given on that wiki page is the normally accepted one in common language, but that doesn't mean it magically changes the meaning of the OpenStreetMap tag, though to some extent meanings can vary from country to country anyway.

Test 7 months ago

Test failed

But Why? 10 months ago

Well it's certainly not there for you to spam people with.

Street names in Indonesia are not working nicely. 11 months ago

Fixing Nominatim is the correct solution. All names should be entered unabbreviated in OSM.

DO NOT FORGET TO SPEND TIME ON Grass&Green 12 months ago

With respect it's up to our users what they choose to spend their time on and I don't think issuing orders in capital letters in your subject is really the most productive way to encourage people to engage with your pet project.

admin boundaries: TIGER vs OSM... about 1 year ago

I have no idea if this is the issue or not, but you do realise that the data in OSM is TIGER2005 and not TIGER2015 right? So it's entirely possible the IDs just aren't aligned between those two data sets...

Size of words about 1 year ago

You (as a data editor) can't control that. You are providing data describing the world, not instructions for a specific rendering.

The default rendering is controlled by the stylesheet at so if you want to increase the size of text that is the place to ask and/or offer help.

"Duck Lanes" on OSM? over 1 year ago

I'd suggest pr_stunt=yes personally...

Catarman Airport runway and highway crossing over 1 year ago

It's not the only one by a long shot - have a look at Gibralter or Sumburgh to see how it's done there.

Delete Diary Entry over 1 year ago

Only by asking an admin currently, but I've just done it for you...

Firefox 35 update over 1 year ago

Note that this only affects MacOS and not other builds of Firefox 35.

Learn-a-tag: driving_side=left/right over 1 year ago

Looks like there is a small piece of the one in Twickenham marked in that way. My guess would be that it's not public highway and it was the car park operator who applied those bizarre markings.

Learn-a-tag: driving_side=left/right over 1 year ago

I'm not sure I'm buying that one in Twickenham. Evidence suggests it certainly was one way going south and I think it's highly unlikely that a public highway would have changed to require driving on the wrong side.

There is, fairly famously, one road in the UK where you drive on the right and I always led to believe it was the only one. There is a note on it ( which agrees, although it is missing the driving_side tag.

SSL Tile Down? over 1 year ago

There was an issue with the Taiwan cache server the other day, and it looks like they only unblocked the http port and not https when they fixed it.

I've reached out to them to get https fixed.

Now Live: Notes Posted By Scout Users almost 2 years ago

Please don't use for links to web views... Yes I know it works at the moment but hopefully one day we will be able to separate the api and web views...

02203 almost 2 years ago

What is the source table?

What am I doing wrong, re: using the embed feature (its not working) almost 2 years ago

It's not a web site bug though (or at least it works fine for me) so please don't ;-)