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OpenStreetMap does not have "banned features", as anybody is allowed and encouraged to use any tag they think is useful.

However, from time to time the wiki community suggests a new feature instead of an older one, to improve tagging clarity or structure. If there is no strong reason to stick to the old tags in these cases, you might want to go along with the recommendation and use the new tags suggested here.

The following are features for which alternative tagging is recommended by those engaged in tagging discussions. Note that some of these features are still on Map Features and should remain there as long as they are still widely used!

Date Deprecated key/value Current usage Suggestion of replacement N Reason
2015-05-13 amenity=ev_charging

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amenity=charging_station 26 The latter tag is more expressive than the former.
2007-07-16 amenity=shop

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shop=* 1 Introduction of "shop"
2006 class=*

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highway=* 2 Introduction of Key:highway
2008-10-19 highway=stile

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barrier=stile 4 Their "concept" better fits in this new key and highway gets a bit uncluttered.(voted)
2008-06-12 highway=incline

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incline=* 3
2008-06-12 highway=incline_steep

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incline=* 3
2007 highway=minor

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highway= tertiary, unclassified, service, ... 9 Abandoned feature.
2008-03-19 highway=unsurfaced

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highway=* +
surface=unpaved

highway=track
5 Any highway classification can be unsurfaced.
2008-01-10 historic=icon

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No 6 No description, usage completely unknown
2007 amenity=hotel

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tourism=hotel 7 better fits into toplevel tags
2007-07-16 landuse=wood

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landuse=forest

natural=wood
8 Depending on whether the woodland/forest is managed or primaeval.
2008-11-18 natural=marsh

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natural=wetland +
wetland=marsh
11
2008-05-30 route=ncn

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Cycle_routes 27
2008-03-19 waterway=mooring

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mooring=yes 10 More flexibility; allows us to keep original value of waterway=.
2008-03-21 waterway=water_point

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amenity=water_point 12 Access to drinking water is not limited to waterways. (See also this talk.)
2009-08 highway=byway

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highway=... (path,track,...) +
designation=byway_open_to_all_traffic or designation=restricted_byway
13 More accurate tagging for public rights of way in England and Wales.
2010-09 power_source=*

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generator:source=* 28 Proposed features/generator rationalisation.
2010-09 power_rating=*

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generator:output=* 28 Proposed features/generator rationalisation.
2011-10-27 building=entrance

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entrance=* 14 Cleaning the semantics of the "building" tag; entrance=* approved. But careful with this one, building=entrance is still the de-facto standard.
2012 building:type=*

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building=* 29 Proposed features/Building attributes has been abandoned.
2011-08-31 natural=land

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Relation type=multipolygon

natural=coastline
15 Use Relations/Multipolygon for islands in lakes and rivers, natural=coastline for islands in the sea.
2012 highway=ford

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ford=* 17 "highway=ford" on a way doesn't allow tagging the highway itself (as e.g. "unclassified"). This doesn't apply to nodes; though, and renderers haven't quite caught up (ref openstreetmap-carto issue 267 and elsewhere) - don't automatically (or semi-automatically) change "ford" node tagging.
2012-11-28 color=*

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colour=* 18 Usage of American form color probably mainly due to a bug in JOSM presets.
2013-01-24 power=station

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power=substation

power=plant
19 The value "station" is ambiguous and has been used both for substations and power plants / generators ("power station").
2013-10-22 date_on=*

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Conditional_restrictions

opening_hours=*
20 This is more expressive and more flexible.
2013-10-22 date_off=*

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Conditional_restrictions

opening_hours=*
20 This is more expressive and more flexible.
2013-10-22 day_on=*

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Conditional_restrictions

opening_hours=*
20 This is more expressive and more flexible.
2013-10-22 day_off=*

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Conditional_restrictions

opening_hours=*
20 This is more expressive and more flexible.
2013-10-22 hour_on=*

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Conditional_restrictions

opening_hours=*
20 This is more expressive and more flexible.
2013-10-22 hour_off=*

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Conditional_restrictions

opening_hours=*
20 This is more expressive and more flexible.
2014-05-01 drinkable=*

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drinking_water=* 22 There is no need for redundant tags. One key is sufficient.
2014-06-06 wood=*

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leaf_type=* 23 The values wood=coniferous and wood=deciduous are ambiguous. It was approved to use leaf_type=* instead.
2014-07 amenity=emergency_phone

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emergency=phone 21
2012-12-08 place_name=*

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name=* 24 Although it made sense in the past, nowadays it completely overlaps with name=*. more info here.
2011-05-09 waterway=riverbank

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natural=water+
water=*river, canal,...
25 Even though this tag is widely used, it has been deprecated by Proposed_features/Water_details. Also, a riverbank is no surface (or a very small surface next to the river), and adding riverbanks to canals is confusing.
2011-05-09 landuse=reservoir

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natural=water+
water=reservoir
30 Even though this tag is widely used, it has been deprecated by Proposed_features/Water_details. Both tagging schemes should persist for some time.
2011-05-09 landuse=pond

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natural=water+
water=pond
30 Even though this tag is widely used, it has been deprecated by Proposed_features/Water_details. Both tagging schemes should persist for some time.
2015-02 amenity=dog_bin

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amenity=waste_basket+
waste=dog_excrement

amenity=vending_machine+
vending=excrement_bags
31 Taken from Category:Tag_descriptions_with_status_"deprecated".
2015-02 amenity=dog_waste_bin

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amenity=waste_basket+
waste=dog_excrement

amenity=vending_machine+
vending=excrement_bags
31 Taken from Category:Tag_descriptions_with_status_"deprecated".
2015-04 amenity=sauna

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leisure=sauna 32 Taken from Category:Tag_descriptions_with_status_"deprecated". Tagging as "leisure" has been proposed, while "amenity" has been marked as deprecated in the same time.
2014-10-20 amenity=winery

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shop=winery

craft=winery
31 Taken from Category:Tag_descriptions_with_status_"deprecated".
2014-09-21 highway=no

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No tags 33 Taken from Category:Tag_descriptions_with_status_"deprecated". See DE:Tag:highway=no.
2010 landuse=farm

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landuse=farmland

landuse=farmyard
36 Taken from Category:Tag_descriptions_with_status_"deprecated". Originally designed to mark agricultural zones, this tag has confused many contributors, who tagged also buildings with it.
2012-02-11 shop=organic

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shop=*+
organic=*
34 Taken from Category:Tag_descriptions_with_status_"deprecated". See also Talk:Tag:shop=organic.
2010-08-25 sport=gaelic_football

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sport=gaelic_games+
specific tag of gaelic game
35 Taken from Category:Tag_descriptions_with_status_"deprecated". See Tag:sport=gaelic_games.
2014-05-28 tourism=bed_and_breakfast

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tourism=guest_house+
guest_house=bed_and_breakfast
31 Taken from Category:Tag_descriptions_with_status_"deprecated".
2014-10-19 historic_name=*

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old_name=*

name=*
37 Taken from Category:Key_descriptions_with_status_"deprecated".
2015-03-19 name:botanical=*

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species=* 37 Taken from Category:Key_descriptions_with_status_"deprecated".
2008-01-20 historic=museum

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tourism=museum 16 Tag historic=* should be used for historic items (and therefore not a museum).
2012-09-14 escalator=*

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highway=steps+
conveying=*
38 Proposed_features/Escalators_and_Moving_Walkways
2014-03-04 leisure=ski_playground

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piste:type=playground 39 Piste_Maps#Pistes and Talk:Piste_Maps#Approval
2009-08-08 noexit=no

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fixme=continue 40 If there is an exit... it will be mapped!
2014-10-24 railway=preserved

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historic=railway+
railway=rail (or whatever type) +
railway:preserved=yes
41 See OpenRailwayMap/Aktiventreffen_2014_2#Tracks. Clashes with railway=narrow_gauge when such railways are preserved.
2013-05-23 man_made=jetty

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man_made=pier 42 Tag whose definition remains unclear. man_made=pier is way more widely used.
2010-05-10 waterway=rapids

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Whitewater sports 43 Do not make any automated edit for this: read WikiProject Whitewater Maps.
2014-01-27 leisure=video_arcade

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leisure=adult_gaming_centre for venues with gambling machines;

leisure=amusement_arcade for venues with pay-to-play games.

44 Proposed_features/Gambling
2014-01-27 shop=betting

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shop=bookmaker

shop=lottery

See also Tag:shop=betting.
44 Proposed_features/Gambling
2014-01-27 shop=gambling

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amenity=gambling (see also Tag:shop=gambling). 44 Proposed_features/Gambling
2010-06-06 shop=fish

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shop=seafood (see also Tag:shop=fish). 45 Proposed_features/seafood_shop
2010-06-06 shop=fishmonger

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shop=seafood 45 Proposed_features/seafood_shop
2010 landuse=field

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landuse=farmland 46 Proposed features/agricultural Field#Conclusion?

See also

Please also keep the decription box in sync: