OGF:How to make a city name appear on the map

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Newcomers are often confused about how to make the name of a city appear on the map.

1.) Create a point near the center of the settlement.

2.) Give it two tags:

  • name=__________ (the city name)
  • place=city

But before you do that, please note that "place=city" should be used only for the largest settlements in an area.

It's true that many small towns in the US and elsewhere are officially "cities" but that does not mean they should be marked as "place=city." So regardless of the legal name of the location, please use place=town (medium size), place=village (medium to small), and place=hamlet (smaller still) for anything except than the largest settlements in a territory.