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Tomas Straupis has commented on the following diary entries

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Current natural=water scheme inconsistency 3 months ago

I have nothing against new mappers and new ideas. But people should understand, that we do not start mapping each day from zero. So at least most widespread tags should not be rearanged without a very good reason and wide discussion. There are a lot of data consumers who depend on consistency of tagging. And in the case of water tagging change gives no benefit whatsoever so it should not had come through in the first place.

Current natural=water scheme inconsistency 3 months ago

Zverik (at least his username) is registered in 2010-05, and in 2011-03 (after 10 MONTHS of participation) he makes a proposal to change one of the most widespread tags... I remember that proposal, but at that time I skipped it because it looked pointless and ungrounded (looks terrible now).

Current natural=water scheme inconsistency 3 months ago

landuse=reservoir is included in JOSM presets. And most (if not all) power mappers use JOSM.

taginfo says that 367 133 objects are tagged with landuse=reservoir, 145 633 as landuse=basin That is half a MILLION of objects :-)

And it is a known problem when anybody (even people who do more talking than mapping) can have their own "voting" and change tag status...

Current natural=water scheme inconsistency 3 months ago

This idea of reinventing the wheel in water tagging is totally pointless and onthologically useless. If 10 people voted "in favour" of abandoning landuse, it does not mean that we should all now change our tagging habbits. In some countries we have an agreement to mark specific objects with landuse tags and that agreement predates Zveriks proposal. This new water tagging gives absolutely no benefit I do not see why should we change our conventions and retag all objects. So we continue to tag with landuse and change newbies natural=water to landuse as well.