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I'd like to propose a new tag. I found a lot of proposed tags on the wiki, but I can't find information on how to do this.

  • What are the rules for proposing a new tag?
  • How does the procedure work?

Update: It seems like I've missed the wiki page about how to make a proposal. What this page doesn't talk about is what happens after, how long does it take to get accepted, what are reasons to reject it, who decides about it?

asked 27 Aug '13, 14:02

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de vries
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edited 28 Aug '13, 19:18


there is a voting process with acceptance criteria, however it is important to understand that the whole thing is really only an elaborate santiy check for completly new tags (which you can simply create and use). Where it makes more sense is changes and extensions to already existing tagging, mainly because now and then people propose changes that have semantic impact on already tagged objects.

(28 Aug '13, 20:10) SimonPoole ♦

I think it's pretty well explained on the OSM wiki's Proposal page. Additionally, I would recommend you check in taginfo to look for how the tags you have in mind are used, or for similar tags. Proposing something totally new is a higher bar than a proposal for tagging that is already in use.

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answered 27 Aug '13, 15:49

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accept rate: 21%


I wonder how I missed that page, but thanks.

(28 Aug '13, 11:35) de vries

hi, follow this link, and add yourself to the list and read the messages and proposals about new tags as Simon explained.

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answered 28 Aug '13, 22:13

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accept rate: 5%


do you mean the tagging list? (you can also search the archives there...)

(28 Aug '13, 22:19) neuhausr

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