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A note to yourself or to other mappers.
Group: Annotations
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Status: Unspecified

A note is used to inform other mappers about non-obvious information about an element, the author's intent when creating it, or hints for further improvement. It is usually recorded against a node, way or relation.

Standard maps normally don't show notes.

The distinction between note and comment is that a note is generally used on nodes/ways/relations to describe real-world things like "the busstop is actually here but the signpost was knocked down in september 2009", whereas a comment is used on changesets.

The length of a note is limited to 255 characters by the OSM server. Caveat: some front-end editing tools seem to allow one to create longer notes but the upload of those notes will not succeed.

See Also

  • comment=* - for adding text describing the changeset to other mappers.
  • description=* - for adding text that might be viewable to the end user.
  • fixme=* - to mark objects and places that need further attention

Possible tools to show those notes