[Tagging] Charity tagging

Craig Wallace craigw84 at fastmail.fm
Mon Dec 6 20:51:44 GMT 2010

On 06/12/2010 19:19, Laurence Penney wrote:
> The whole point of the social_facility, as described on the wiki, is
> clearly around helping people at that place. Charity shops such as
> Oxfam and British Heart Foundation - even if they have broad aims of
> "social justice" - just don't fit into this at all. And RSPCA shops?
> They explicitly have nothing to do with helping people, yet seem to
> call for very similar tagging as the other kinds of charity shop.
> I accept that my suggestion about suppliers is more appealing to the
> taxonomist than for the average user, so... how about this for an
> Oxfam bookshop?
> shop=books
 > shop:charity=yes
> - or for an RSPCA general second hand shop:
> shop=second_hand
 > shop:charity=yes

Or another idea would be to tag them with something like "operator:type" 
or similar. eg:


This could be expanded for a wide variety of other operator types - 
there are many organisations that provide "worthwhile" services, but are
not registered charities.
eg you could tag as operator:type=social_enterprise or 
operator:type=workers_cooperative or operator:type=government etc.

Also, I'm not sure about just tagging generic charity shops as
shop=second_hand. They may mostly sell second hand goods, but they often
have a range of new things as well, eg food or craft stuff.
I think shop=second_hand is more for a place like Cash Converters etc,
charity shops are a quite distinct thing from that.


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