[Tagging] Feature Proposal - Voting - (key:branch)

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Oct 15 15:24:02 GMT 2012

2012/10/15 Andrew Errington <erringtona at gmail.com>:
> Hello everyone,
> It's my responsibility to keep this proposal going.  Sorry about the delay,
> but I would like to open this proposal for a vote.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:branch
> Since I first put up the proposal I have wanted more and more to be able to
> use it.

First of all: you don't have to wait that some proposals gets voted or
"approved" in order to use a key.

I still believe that the proposed key is a bad choice because of its
equivocality. Have a look here:

This is used (differently) in the context of railways, banks,
military, trade, ...
Additionally in French and German "branche" has the meaning of
industrial sector/class of business/branch of trade (e.g. "textile"
industry, or "automotive"), as it seems in old English this was the
case as well, so there will probably be some confusion because of

It also seems that there is already "brand" in use for some of the
targeted things of this proposal (namely the "McDonald's"-example is
already 248 times tagged with brand).

There are already some 6800 values for "branch" in the db:
http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/branch#values so as proponent of
this tag you should IMHO check these values if they are in accordance
with your proposed intention (and given that there are many foreign
values maybe ask the local communities what they intend with this


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