[Tagging] What's a power=station?

Randy rwtnospam-newsgp at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 19 16:23:48 GMT 2010

>d) I don't think it's a good idea to change a tag description two years
>after it was documented, because the wording is "slightly" wrong for
>some parts of the english speaking world. Because doing so is an
>annoyance for anyone involved and the wording will always be slightly
>wrong for someone. Not to mention that a lot of people won't
>notice/ignore any changes here, as these definitions are "old enough" in
>OSM terms. My approach: Stick to the wiki definitions even if you don't
>like it and go on mapping :-)
>Regards, ULFL

If you read my proposal again, you may notice that I didn't propose 
changing the existing descriptions. My preference for a power station is 
power=station. However, since that would require changing an existing 
definition, I proposed power=plant. If someone has another descriptor that 
is better than "plant" without stepping on existing toes, then I'm all for 

As far as the use of power=generator for a complete power plant, I'd 
prefer to limit that tag to, at most, the building that holds the 
generating equipment, not for the whole facility. I don't think that's 
bending the definition much, just restricting it a little more than the 
current use.


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