[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Lounges

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 10 11:28:17 UTC 2018

On Sun, Jun 10, 2018 at 8:03 AM, Yves <yvecai at gmail.com> wrote:

> I would expect a 'lounge' in an hotel as a cosy bar.

Or some sort of posh tea room.  The word "lounge," to me, very strongly
implies the supply of some sort of
service that one has to pay for, and it is not a place one can use without
a purchase.  That's simply how the word
tends to be used in the UK.

> I don't think the term 'lounge' is sufficient for airports / station /
> hotel lounges nor that it's a good idea to have a same general tag for them.

I agree.  What is being proposed is a tag for a waiting room.  I think it's
useful to have such a tag.  When planning
a journey it's nice to know if a railway/bus station where one has to wait
for a connection has a waiting room.
Especially in cold weather.

It is also my very strong opinion that tags should follow natural language
usage.  Because if they do not then
ambiguity will arise and people who don't check the wiki will make natural
assumptions which turn out to be
incorrect.  We've seen this in at least two recent discussions: tags that
are being used to mean two different
things because they were not chosen with natural usage in mind (the most
recent being landuse=forest to
mean land where forestry takes place and land with trees on but no forestry
takes place).

If proposed as amenity=waiting_room I'd vote for it.  If proposed as
amenity=lounge I'd vote against it.  Others
may, of course, take a different stance.

> For me, what all lounges have in common is sorts of armchairs as
> furnitures.

For me it's that a purchase is necessary.  I'd hope for comfortable
furniture in a lounge, but these days "artistic"
is often chosen by operators rather than "comfortable."

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