[Tagging] Is the difference between power station and sub station clear?

Ole Nielsen on-osm at xs4all.nl
Mon Jan 21 19:18:06 GMT 2013

On 21/01/2013 11:02, François Lacombe wrote:
> But the current usage of a tag doesn't avoid its deprecation, do you?
> It may be clearly written on the wiki page that power=station is from
> now deprecated as for starting the swap to the power=sub_station value.
> There will be a time were power networks would be overloaded with all
> those different values describing the same thing.
> Can't we start a sensus (or finalize 2 or 3 RFC wainting for votes) and
> bring it up in osmose?

I clearly support to deprecate "station" quickly. It was an unfortunate 
choice to introduce this tag as the creator admits himself, see 

I have already taken the first step to deprecate "station" on the main 
power page ( http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:power ) by removing 
the distinction between 'large' and 'small' substations and mentioning 
the station tag as being 'disputed'. I didn't dare to take the full step 
and use the word "deprecated", however.

The main problem is of course that 'station' is so widely used. I would 
not recommend to do a mass retagging of all 'stations' as some of them 
are genuine power plants, not substations according to my experience! 
They need inspection.

Ole / polderrunner

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