Talk:Key:fence type

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Idea: use a chart?

I like how there is a direct Wikipedia definition link. I'm wondering if a chart could be made out of this information; so we can have a column for "key:fence_type" (showing the Wikipedia link) "Sample Rendering" (picture of a mapnik or rendering) "Description" (a brief description of what it is, (usually the 1st sentence of the Wikipedia definition)

--acrosscanadatrails 16:57, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

different values

Following a discussion on the German talk-de mailing list, we've compiled this list of ideas for fence attributes: Proposed features/Fence_attributes. Obviously there's significant overlap between the "fence types" section and the fence_type key. What's your opinion about the values suggested there? Would you agree to merging that proposal's values into the currently used fence_type key? --Tordanik 14:32, 3 February 2010 (UTC)


Why not barrier_type? --Zverik 13:17, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Value "pole (wood)"

This value is really badly named, it contains a space and parentheses. Taginfo reports 13 uses only. According to Wikipedia, roundpole fences are very specific. I propose to use "roundpole" instead of "pole (wood)" (proposed here as well: Proposed_features/Fence_attributes). --Oligo 22:13, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

I agree with that - the value with parentheses is clearly a bad choice. --Tordanik 23:01, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

Values "chain" and "hedge"

Unexpectedly, the "chain" link points to Wikipedia chain-link article. This is very confusing as barrier=chain already exists and refers to a single chain blocking the way. I propose to update the wiki to no longer use fence_type=chain, and instead use barrier=chain or barrier=fence + fence_type=chain_link. And add fence_type=chain_link in the table (also proposed here: Proposed_features/Fence_attributes).

Same for fence_type=hedge, it doubles barrier=hedge. I’ll update the page if no one opposes. --Oligo 22:28, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

+1, another good find. Please update. :) --Tordanik 22:50, 23 January 2013 (UTC)



There are a few values on Proposed features/Fence attributes that could be integrated into this key. I would like to port the value "trellis_work", but I'm not sure whether it is correctly named. Google's image search brings up examples different from the distinct style depicted in the image, and I would like a value specifically for that style. It's a relatively common sight at least in Germany. Here is the short German Wikipedia article, it doesn't appear to have an English equivalent. --Tordanik 15:20, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

Why _type?

Why is this key called "fence_type" instead of simply "fence"?

Look at our dobbelganger, the wall. We don't say wall_type=brick. We simply say wall=brick.

And look at highways. We don't say highway_type=path. We say highway=path.

I propose dropping the _type suffix.

-- T99 (talk) 06:01, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

Vinyl/synthetic/plastic fence type

Proposed addition of vinyl/synthetic/plastic fence. — Which term is most common internationally? In the US, vinyl is most common in my experience. Cheers! —Todrobbins (talk) 22:11, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Material vs type

Concrete, wood and metal are materials, they should be added using the material=* tag, not using this type tag.

I am currently looking at a wall that is visually very similar to the second picture for "concrete", however it is made out of wood. This tagging doesn't work very well.

--Pbb (talk) 11:48, 12 May 2017 (UTC)