Talk:Key:man made

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I did some check against Found these widely used but undescribed:

--Jkjk 17:42, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

petroleum_well vs. pumping_rig

Shouldn't man_made=petroleum_well be replaced by the approved and more versatile man_made=pumping_rig? --Fkv 17:51, 12 December 2010 (UTC)

Building tag

Does man_made=* imply building=yes, or should I add that? A water tower I added is only represented by a symbol (Mapnik), and the outline isn't visible. I don't want to map for the renderer, but in this case I don't think it's clear how to tag. --Erik Lundin (talk) 08:51, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Neither is it implied nor should you add it. Man_made stands on it own and is generally used for "nonbuilding structures".--Jojo4u (talk) 15:51, 9 July 2016 (UTC)


Why we do not have man_made=roof? If it is just a solid top cover man-made, object without foundation. --Władysław Komorek (talk) 05:50, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, this might be a good point. But two thoughts against: Many roofs are part of a building and should be tagged building:part=roof. And after all it's only the name of a key, the meaning stays the same. Changing the tag is much too cumbersome.--Jojo4u (talk) 14:40, 10 July 2016 (UTC)


Need a tag for "cistern". In Africa there are many. It differs both from water_well and landuse=reservoir. —Preceding unsigned comment added by SergioAJV (talkcontribs) 12:45, 25 January 2015

reservoir_covered should fit --GerdHH (talk) 14:29, 7 November 2015 (UTC)


I added man_made=yes instead of building=yes in the tag list. There is no reason to tag non-building structure without established tag as building=yes--Jojo4u (talk) 21:08, 10 July 2016 (UTC)

Thanks User icon 2.svg Mfuji (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap) for fully replacing building with yes, I'm still getting used to the templates.--Jojo4u (talk) 07:12, 18 July 2016 (UTC)