Many new mappers will mistake similar
classifications when mapping new features.
For example, when I first started mapping, I would
mark areas as “forest”, when I meant “wood”. I also
marked “meadow” instead of “grass” in many places.
Others confuse “footpath” and “path”, “residential
area” and “apartments”, and “nature preserve” and “park”.
If OpenStreetMap could add a pop-up that would
say “did you mean” followed by a similar tag to the
one that the mapper just selected and a comparison
of the two tags, then new mappers could more
accurately map areas.
Comment from Alan Trick on 24 August 2017 at 04:16
Some of these are deeply confused parts of OSM itself. The tag landuse=forest has completely failed at reaching any standardized meaning, and it’s as far as I know, its presence is mostly a consequence of a few imports and confusion by new editors.
Footpath and path are confusing, and that has history behind it as well, since footpath is an older tag, but path does a better job of describing a wider ranger of possibilities (path + foot=designated is the same as a footpath).
Nature preserves and parks are also a little confusing, and I think until recently the schema was in flux, not sure if it still is.