[Tagging] Key "location" (was "Feature Proposal - Voting - entrance=*")

Pieren pieren3 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 15:08:55 BST 2011

On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 3:43 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer
<dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Well, we already have location=underground established (see
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:location) and I think it would
>> be a pity to have more than one way of indicating that something is
>> underground.

'established' is a big word. I'm surprised by the taginfo stats. I
never used this tag myself and I don't remember if it was really
discussed in the international lists. It is in the wiki since July.
These numbers can only come from an import or a bot.
I find the key "location" the worst possible choice we could find for
such a tag. An OSM  "node" with lat/lon coordinates is a location. All
poi's are locations. All "place" entities are locations. All addresses
are locations.
And what to say about the wiki example with traffic_sign which is
pointing to a node where the tag is more a "note" than anything else.
The wiki says "in context of traffic sign=*: may be used to designate
the location of a traffic sign where the mapped element does not
necessarily correspond to the physical location of the sign". Please
map the elements where they are physically, not where they should


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