Author: Robert Whittaker [Added to the original trac issue at 12.25pm, Friday, 24th February 2012]
I agree. Since this tag was added to the Potlatch interface, we've seen the proliferation of many inappropriate uses. I guess many less experienced users think they need to put something in the empty box, and the text that they enter often duplicates other (correct) tags such as name= or sport= or amenity=*.
Since the only well-used and generally accepted values for the designation=* tag correspond to UK public rights of way, would it be possible to change the potlatch interface to a drop-down for the four values: "public_footpath", "public_bridleway", "restricted_byway", and "byway_open_to_all_traffic" (in a simialar way to what potlatch shows for bridge= and oneway= ) instead of a free text box.
More advanced users could obviously still enter any value they feel appropriate through the advanced interface, but novices will be discouraged form mis-using the tag.
[Submitted to the original trac issue database at 4.25am, Sunday, 19th February 2012]
People misunderstand what the designation=* tag is for and so we get obviously wrong values entered such as names (designation=Masantol River).
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