[Tagging] New values for entrance=

Ilpo Järvinen ilpo.jarvinen at helsinki.fi
Wed Apr 8 19:08:59 UTC 2015

On Wed, 8 Apr 2015, fly wrote:

> > entrance=staircase
> > <http://taginfo.openstreetmap.com/tags/entrance=staircase>
> Nice one with completely empty own wiki page in two languages [1].
> Wonder which import or editor did promote this tag ?

No import for sure and probably "editor" also not in the meaning you
meant it ;-).

If you really want to appoint some blame, I'm likely the main
nominee for the "editor" category :-D. ...I'll give you some short 
history here:

Once they started the proposal for entrance=*, I had already surveyed most 
of staircase entrances for my area (around 10k entrances, IIRC, I'm too 
lazy to count now) with some help from other mappers (mainly one). At some 
point of time I added entrance=staircase and entrance=home to many 
entrances I had collected already but were tagged only with 
building=entrance(+ref) as entrance=* didn't exist when I did them for the 
first time. I did it only for the obvious cases at that point (those which 
were easy to get right using local knowledge and simple enough to select 
in editor). That alone resulted in 5k+ of them which was already visible 
on taginfo overview(!) for entrance=* even before entrance=* was voted.

I've since added them to more while surveying more entrances and converted 
areas to the entrance=staircase while I visit/edit them. Few other mappers 
I know of have used it too here in Finland (there are also still quite 
many building=entrance only nodes remaining in Finland too which aren't 
yet converted). Today there are around 11.7k now in Finland alone, so rest 
of out 50k most likely happened because others have picked it up either 
from taginfo (or from wiki as it was added to wiki most likely because of 
taginfo visibility). Taginfo map seems to indicate it's now well spread 
around the globe although it doesn't show how many of them are per dot.

Am I nominated already, LOL? :-)


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