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Railway guage

I've replied to your comment about tagging railway guages here: Talk:Railways#Gauge. Would welcome your input. Frankie Roberto 13:44, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for the bug report on made to the wiki, I will take a look at the patch and apply in due course. --Thomas Wood 13:49, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

NHD Import in Colorado

There's some curious data here... Take, for example, at lat=39.07193&lon=-108.59482&zoom=16 there's a "Connecticut lake" which I know hasn't existed for many, many years. It must predate some of the gravel mining done in the area, and is likely to be >30 years old. (I grew up only a few miles away from this location, and am working on updating the hometown map. Relatively new to osm) -- Riddochc 01:07, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

CodePoint fields info

Hope you don't mind I've thinned down the information you put at Ordnance Survey Opendata#Code-Point Open, and instead placed it on the wiki. Maybe a better place for it I suppose. Could do some more restructuring along those lines.

Muki's blog post may be of interest to you.

-- Harry Wood 12:50, 2 July 2010 (UTC)

  • Yeah, no problem. It was precisely the issue that Muki raises which is why I shoved it in the wiki. Of course I should have written an elegantly argued blog entry. The whole OS OpenData page could really do with being split with subpages for each distinct data source. I'm not sure we have a good entry on projections which I think is important, and we dont have anything in the import catalogue either. SK53 19:04, 2 July 2010 (UTC)


Should SK53/Haiti be moved to User:SK53/Haiti? --EdLoach 14:26, 7 July 2010 (UTC)


Done --EdLoach 10:58, 19 July 2010 (UTC)


Please, move the page back to proposal namespace as that's the proper place for unapproved tags with low usage. Thanks --Skyper 19:01, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

Dear Skyper. I do not recognise the 'approval' process. I believe the wiki is for documenting tags as used. I do not propose to move this page back and will treat other attempts to move it as vandalism! SK53 (talk) 19:34, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

That is not the way we communicate and also not the way how we handle pages about unapproved tags with only low numbers in usage. Please, move it back. --Skyper 19:55, 4 July 2013 (UTC)
NO. SK53 (talk) 20:00, 4 July 2013 (UTC)


thanks for your connection

translating OSM wiki is really hard specially for RTL languages. Is there any WYSIWYG editor for translating? and how can I add Persian "Image of the Week", "News" and "meta info" templates?

I'm not really the person to ask (see the next item), but people like Aseerel4c26 and EdLoach who are wiki administrators ought to be able to help. The only template I regularly edit is the calendar and that has a reasonable how-to in the template. SK53 (talk) 12:06, 24 March 2014 (UTC)


Do you know that instead of this batch of reverts you could just open a old version, click edit, and save with an appropriate comment? --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:46, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

I sort of did know, but decided that I was absolutely confident about the brute force approach. I'll keep this note to remind me how to do it next time! SK53 (talk) 12:06, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Take a break? ;-)

here overwritten and here wrong heading. Cheers --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 01:32, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

SPECIALTY not speciality

Hi SK53, since it caused confusion again, recently, could you please leave a comment at Talk:Proposed_features/Healthcare_2.0#Word_for_particular_areas_is_SPECIALTY_not_speciality mentioning that "SPECIALTY" (not "speciality") is the right word also in British English? ... if that *is* the case - I guess you are UK-based. Cheers --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 12:23, 10 January 2016 (UTC)

Great, thank you! --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 15:31, 10 January 2016 (UTC)


Hi SK53,

which tags do you propose for mapping feedlots? I'm asking you, because you've written Key:farming_system.

Cheers, Ethylisocyanat (talk) 10:21, 6 May 2017 (UTC)

Not very relevant: that was merely documenting a tag which I came across in editing using wikipedia and some talk messages. I did follow the feedlot discussion and from what I remember did not like the final decision. SK53 (talk) 18:30, 6 May 2017 (UTC)

Using "landuse=village_green" in Spain

Hi, SK53! The Spanish OSM Community is talking about using the landuse=village_green. We would like to ask you about this wiki page revision: "In Spain the tag has been used consensually to map Paseos". What is the source of this information? Thank you! --Daniel Capilla (talk) 19:50, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

Carlos Davilla in Caceres in discussion around 2010. Things may have moved on but there still seem to be plenty of such landuse in Spain. SK53 (talk) 10:06, 23 May 2017 (UTC)



Just saw your tag of

Wondering if it would be better named as either =shooting_range, or firing=range?

What do you think? Fizzie41 (talk) 00:41, 28 November 2019 (UTC)

No, these are quite distinct from both those categories, which is why a distinct tag is need to map them. A shooting ground may (like Bisley) include ranges for rifle or pistol shooting, but the majority of the ones I've tagged are for 'sporting clays' which is a very different discipline involving completely different layout and terrain. Similarly they'll also have standard static shooting at clays, which can be mapped using leisure=pitch (although I'm not entirely happy with this, I think pitches shouldn't intrinsically include the possibility of getting shot). Shooting grounds are destination locations, used for days out by shooters, but also often corporate groups, and therefore will also include other facilities such as cafe/restaurant and a shop. In the UK there appear to be around a few hundred, so on a world scale there are probably a few thousand, which justifies it as a basic tag. Shooting range is itself slightly problematical because the major usage is likely to be in indoor ranges in the States, whereas for instance in Switzerland the major usage is outdoor rifle-only ranges (because adult males are required by law to maintain proficiency at rifle shooting), and the difference is quite significant. In the UK we now have next to no indoor ranges since the Dunblane shooting, and I noticed last week that the local rifle range is now a gravel quarry. SK53 (talk) 10:55, 28 November 2019 (UTC)

personal page

Are you still using ? Would you be fine with deleting/blanking it?

I am asking as I am involved in upkeep of files (see say ) and such pages also require maintenance (replacing files) what would be pointless if such page is not needed anymore Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 08:09, 13 December 2021 (UTC)


Have you uploaded,_Wollaton_Park,_Nottingham.jpg also to's_Wollaton_Park_Churchyard_2.jpg ? Or is it case of someone stealing your photo? Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 15:28, 4 March 2022 (UTC)

No same image. Probably loaded to both at the same time. SK53 (talk) 16:47, 4 March 2022 (UTC)

Missing file information

Hello! And thanks for your upload - but some extra info is necessary.

Sorry for bothering you about this, but it is important to know source of the uploaded files.

Are you the creator of image File:Oakleaf20.png ?

Or is it copied from some other place (which one?)?

Please, add this info to the file page - something like "I took this photo" or "downloaded from -website link-" or "I took this screeshot of program XYZ" or "this is map generated from OpenStreetMap data and SRTM data" or "map generated from OSM data and only OSM data" or "This is my work based on file -link-to-page-with-that-file-and-its-licensing-info-" or "used file downloaded from internet to create it, no idea which one".

Doing this would be already very useful.

Licensing - photos

In case that you are the author of the image: Would you agree to open licensing of this image, allowing its use by anyone (similarly to your OSM edits)?

In case where it is a photo you have taken then you can make it available under a specific free license (except some cases, like photos of modern sculptures in coutries without freedom of panorama or taking photo of copyrighted artwork).

Would you be OK with CC0 (it allows use without attribution or any other requirement)?

Or do you prefer to require attribution and some other things using CC-BY-SA-4.0?

If you are the author: Please add {{CC0-self}} to the file page to publish the image under CC0 license.

You can also use {{CC-BY-SA-4.0-self|SK53}} to publish under CC-BY-SA-4.0 license.

Once you add missing data - please remove {{Unknown|subcategory=uploader notified 2022, June}} from the file page.

Licensing - other images

If it is not a photo situation gets a bit more complicated.

See Drafts/Media file license chart that may help.

note: if you took screenshot of program made by someone else, screenshot of OSM editor with aerial imagery: then licensing of that elements also matter and you are not a sole author.

note: If you downloaded image made by someone else then you are NOT the author.

Note that in cases where photo is a screenshot of some software interface: usually it is needed to handle also copyright of software itself.

Note that in cases where aerial imagery is present: also licensing of an aerial imagery matter.


Feel free to ask for help if you need it - you can do it for example by asking on Talk:Wiki: new topic.

Please ask there if you are not sure what is the proper next step. Especially when you are uploading files that are not your own work or are derivative work (screenshots, composition of images, using aerial imagery etc).

If you are interested in wider discussion about handling licencing at OSM Wiki, see this thread.

(sorry if I missed something that already states license and source: I am looking through over 20 000 files and fixing obvious cases on my own, in other I ask people who upladed files, but it is possible that I missed something - in such case also please answer)

--Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 12:20, 5 June 2022 (UTC)