[Tagging] Tagging scrapyards, junkyards

David Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 02:17:58 UTC 2016

As always, these linguistic preferences color every discussion. I use the word junkyard as do most Americans but I settled on scrapyard as a reasonable compromise but YMMV. these conversations tend to go round and round and I am satisfied with what I have. 
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On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 9:49 AM -0800, "Colin Smale" <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:

What is your linguistic frame of reference?

In the UK, the word "junkyard" is not used often and I would go to a "scrapyard" (or even more likely a "breakers [yard]") for a "new" window for my old car.

Far better to use longer, more descriptive words/phrases which are less likely to lead to major differences in interpretation across the entire world, English-speaking and otherwise. We shouldn't be wasting energy arguing about whether to call an object a rubbish bin or a trash can. We could always call it a "wibble" so there are no winners, only losers, and everyone has to use a lookup table....


On 2016-01-21 18:22, EthnicFood IsGreat wrote:

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:12:23 +0700
 From: Dave Swarthout <daveswarthout at gmail.com>
 To: "Tag discussion, strategy and related tools"
         <tagging at openstreetmap.org>
 Subject: Re: [Tagging] Tagging scrap yards, junkyards

 A waste transfer station is a different operation from this one, which is a
 place to store used parts for the long-term until someone buys them. The
 things stored therein are not waste but resellable parts. If I want a
 tail-light lens for a 1975 Ford, for example, the best place, often the
 only place, to get it would be at a junkyard/scrapyard.

 Thanks for the input. I've got some good ideas now. I now agree that adding
 the tags for shop=car_parts and second_hand=only would help describe this
 particular type of scrapyard quite nicely.


 I thought scrapyards and junkyards were two different entities.  This
 is how I think of them.

 Scrapyards are places whose primary purpose is to buy items that are
 no longer wanted (typically metal objects) and then sell them for the
 value of their raw materials.  Junkyards are places whose primary
 purpose is to sell intact vehicle parts from wrecks to people who are
 repairing a vehicle.  Definitely not the same thing.

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