[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Internet cafe

Johnparis okosm at johnfreed.com
Thu Feb 25 15:59:41 UTC 2016

Dave, as you'll note in another email I just sent, I will drop gaming
centres from the Internet_cafe proposal. I have been to a couple of these,
and one didn't focus on Internet services, while the other did. I suppose
if you're looking for a gaming centre, you're probably not looking for an
internet cafe, and vice versa.

The tag "adult gaming centre" already exists and has something to do with
gambling, I think. Unfortunate that the gambling industry has occasionally
hijacked the word gaming to use as a euphemism.

I'll include a suggestion to use "amenity=gaming_centre" for the LAN Gaming
Center, PC bang, etc., that focuses on gaming rather than internet.

And again, an "internet cafe" has nothing to do with food/drink, as the
proposal specifically notes. It's just a term of art for English speakers
that is a holdover from the earliest days of such businesses. Someone
suggested "crappy little shops" but I don't think that's terribly helpful :)

On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 6:24 PM, Dave Swarthout <daveswarthout at gmail.com>

> Replying in part to Dominic's comment: Internet cafes are fairly rare here
> in Thailand because Internet is available in almost every public venue;
> hotels, coffee shops, even bars. What we do see are gaming rooms, full of
> internet-connected computers and teenagers. While Thailand is not quite a
> first-world country, it is way ahead of the U.S. in terms of Internet
> adoption, fiber connections to homes, etc. I have fast fiber service in my
> rental home, TV with 40 cable-channels included, for about $20 USD per
> month. In the U.S. I would need to pay 2 or 3 times that amount for low
> DSL and even now very few places offer fiber.
> The terms discussed in the proposal, cybercafe and other variants that
> imply food and beverage, don't work well for those places because they are
> for gaming. One would not go there because it's a cafe; any food or drink
> is offered purely as a convenience. I've never tagged any of these because
> I'm not quite sure how to tag them.
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