[Tagging] Draft of proposal tag 'sells' for shops..

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Mon Mar 7 07:56:25 UTC 2016


On 03/07/2016 07:54 AM, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
>> Just imagine what would happen if
>> someone took it upon them to actually list all the products sold at a
>> supermarket. And update that once a week.

> I see no problem with that except that anybody would quickly give up and
> overall waste time.

It is possible that some supermarkets would make their list of products
available electronically and thus provide an incentive for a clever
hacker to simply convert that to OSM. Once we say we accept a list of
products for a supermarket, few would make the distinction of "surveyed
list = ok, imported list = not ok"...

Such an automatic import would practically be the only way to keep a
list of products current.

> But I see no significant negative effects extending to other people
> (shop element would be hard to edit for some time until somebody would
> remove outdated data would be the largest problem what is not really
> significant).

A typical grocery store would carry about 30.000 different products.
Even assuming it would be possible to encode each in a 15-character
string, the "sells" tag would half a megabyte long - for each store. And
update once a week. If this were done for many stores, the impact on the
size of the planet file, the daily diffs, or even the small download you
make to edit an area, would be noticeable.

Thankfully, this is hypothetical because we won't do it. OSM is a geo
database and not a sales directory.


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