[Tagging] Open of discussion on "operational_status" (part of life cycle with disused/abandoned/demolished)

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Tue Jul 2 20:39:00 UTC 2013

In my case, I would prefer a desert_oasis to a dessert_oasis.  A desert, with one S, is an area that gets little rainfall.  A dessert, with a double S, is a sweet food usually eaten at the end of a meal.

On topic, items or services that are both scarce and essential to life should be checked periodically to see if they are still available.  A water fountain in a city park doesn't need to be checked as often as a desert oasis.

Bryce Nesbitt <bryce2 at obviously.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org>
> wrote:
> > A telephone that is already tagged as functional would not normally
> be
> > re-tagged as functional just to say "yes, it still is". This means
> that the
> > "operational_status:date" tag is superfluous, since it will always
> be the
> > date of the changeset when the operational_status was last modified.
> >
> The changeset date should definitely supply the *default* observation
> date,
> agreed.
> But which would you trust more:
> amenity=dessert _oasis
> operational_status=working
> operational_status:date=1996-01-01
> Or
> amenity=dessert _oasis
> operational_status=working
> operational_status:date=2013-01-01
> The observed status at any point may change from "working" to
> "working".
> You don't want to force people to change status to "broken" and back,
> just
> to make an observation look more fresh.
> A very typical HOT team activity is to visit all of a certain feature
> type
> and verify if it they work (think wells, fire hydrants, sewers, gates,
> health clinics, sanitation facilities, etc).
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