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TomH has commented on the following diary entries

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My Area Needed a Lot of Work 4 days ago

But that way hasn't been touched in three years before DesertTrip deleted it. In fact it is in effect original TIGER import data from nine years ago as the only edits since were reverted.

So there isn't anybody actively damaging things, which is the way I read the original entry, it's just that this is still an area that is largely based on the original TIGER import and which, by the sound of it, had particularly bad TIGER data.

So welcome to OSM Desert Trip and please do go ahead and fix things! But do bear in mind the caveats about sources above.

Towers and Masts 4 days ago

Tags should mostly be view as opaque keys to be looked up in a reference source to determine their meaning rather than expecting them to be technically accurate on their own.

Although tags often use words which have a very specific meaning in a particular domain they were often created without full understanding of the details and have therefore simply become placeholders and we normally avoid going back and changing them to reflect a correct understanding and instead treat them as having OSM specific meaning.

CJK fonts missing in standard layer (follow-up) about 2 months ago

We have everything installed because fonts-noto was already pulling them in as a recommends. Here is one of our servers:

orm [~] % dpkg-query -l '*noto*'
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                                         Version                     Architecture                Description
+++-============================================-===========================-===========================-=============================================================================================
ii  fonts-noto                                   20160116-1                  all                         metapackage to pull in all Noto fonts
ii  fonts-noto-cjk                               1:1.004+repack2-1~ubuntu1   all                         "No Tofu" font families with large Unicode coverage (CJK)
ii  fonts-noto-hinted                            20160116-1                  all                         "No Tofu" font families with large Unicode coverage (hinted)
ii  fonts-noto-mono                              20160116-1                  all                         "No Tofu" monospaced font family with large Unicode coverage
ii  fonts-noto-unhinted                          20160116-1                  all                         "No Tofu" font families with large Unicode coverage (unhinted)
CJK fonts missing in standard layer about 2 months ago

We have fonts-noto-cjk installed already on all three servers. I checked when you posted originally.

CJK fonts missing in standard layer 2 months ago

All the fonts specified by the carto team are installed.

A Suggestion to Fix Poor LSN in the UK 3 months 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? 9 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? 9 months ago

See also http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Tag:railway%3Dhalt&diff=1172853&oldid=1146096 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? 9 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 9 months ago

Test failed

But Why? about 1 year ago

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

Street names in Indonesia are not working nicely. about 1 year ago

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

DO NOT FORGET TO SPEND TIME ON Grass&Green about 1 year 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... over 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 over 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 https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto 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 almost 2 years ago

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

Learn-a-tag: driving_side=left/right almost 2 years 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.