[Tagging] amenity=vending_machine and vending=public_transport_plans?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 09:46:50 UTC 2017

2017-02-16 9:41 GMT+01:00 Dalibor JelĂ­nek <dalibor at dalibor.cz>:

> I have tried to document the tag vending=public_transport_plans used as an
> extension of amenity=vending_machine.
> This tag is a part of JOSM preset for a long time so it should be
> documented.
> But then I have reailized that I maybe do not understand this tag
> correctly.
> Do those plans mean maps?
> Or is it some kind of prolongation of pre-paid transport tickets (similar
> to cell phone plan)?

+1, agree it is ambiguous, but would suspect it is about prepaid tickets
(because some have payment tags).

I would also like to point out that a vending_machine is about vending, so
it should be able to process payments in some way (be it cash, credit
cards, voucher codes, rfid virtual money or whatever),  while the devices
set up to give things away for free are a different typology because
there's no way to process payments and the term "vending" does not apply.
This is also what the wiki says about amenity=vending_machine. We could use
the term dispenser and the scheme could be similar to vending machines:

* amenity=dispensing_device (or dispenser? Which do you prefer?)
* dispensing=...

btw., the tem "dispensing" would fit well for both types of devices.

Given sufficient support, we might also migrate the excrement_bags and
maybe some other ill-classified items from vending...

Let's take a look at the mostly used values in the vending key:

These don't fit well neither in "vending" nor in "dispensing" (because they
provide a service and no item is dispensed):
* parcel_pickup;parcel_mail_in
* parcel_pickup
* parcel_mail_in
* elongated_coin
* locker
* rice_polishing

This might also be dispensed rather than sold (like excrement bags, they
could also be sold, it depends):
* syringes

For the first group I'd propose to use 3 new "main tags":
1. parcel pickup / mail in (e.g. amenity=parcel_station or =post_machine or
=self_service_parcel_mail, etc. and subtags for pickup and outgoing)
2. services like elongated_coin, rice_polishing, shoe_polishing, massage,
scales ( http://farm1.static.flickr.com/9/77652112_8182668a04_m.jpg ), e.g.
3. locker (there's amenity=luggage_locker and amenity=locker in use but no
public wiki docu)

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