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How Many Times Must a Man Delete Something That Isn't There?

Posted by scruss on 19 October 2011 in English (English)

Had to delete RCAF Port Albert *again*. The runways have been gone since 2006, and under soybeans since then. Just because CanVec says it's there doesn't mean it's there, okay?

Location: Bluewater, Ontario, Canada

Comment from AndrewBuck on 19 October 2011 at 23:31

The better thing to do with something like this is to leave the object in the database, but mark it as abandoned, disused, or demolished. The wiki pages for abandoned and demolished give a bit more detail on how to use them. I think there is a tag specifically for abandoned runways as well, however I think that is more for runways that are still there, but not used.

Not only will leaving the object in the DB marked abandoned prevent people from re-adding it in the future, but it also makes a useful resource as well since it is sometimes useful to know where things used to be. A good example is abandoned railway lines, since even though the rails are disused/gone the railway embankment often remains and it makes a useful landmark, and may be used for other things as well. I think Britian has turned many former railways into bike paths.

-Buck

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Comment from zmonkey on 20 October 2011 at 02:50

or detag it with 'note: this is not here any more'
sometimes armchair mapping is counter productive.

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Comment from Andy Allan on 20 October 2011 at 13:32

If it's not there, then feel free to delete it. We're not trying to record the former positions of everything that ever has been!

If people keep re-adding it, either manually or via imports, then take them to task about it. Nobody should be adding stuff to OSM unless they know that their data is correct.

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