[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Lounges

osm.tagging at thorsten.engler.id.au osm.tagging at thorsten.engler.id.au
Sun Jun 10 15:24:58 UTC 2018


I fully agree that something like a “normal” waiting area, like the area at the gate for an airport, or the waiting room at a hospital, dentist or whatever is not a lounge. Nobody proposed to tag these as amenity=lounge.

 

The proposal is for “A distinct tag for lounges, such as those in airports and at stations.”

 

and:

 

“Lounges are found not only in airports (although some users might associate lounges primarily with airline-branded offerings), but also train/bus stations, hotels (often called an "Executive lounge") and ferry terminals. These are generally places offering shelter, food/drink, sometimes shower and sleeping facilities. A major transport hub can feature a number of lounges.

 

Considering the quantity of such POIs and, often, their importance to a traveller, it makes sense to have a custom tag for them. It is an amenity distinct from others, despite offering services that can often be associated with e.g. a bar, buffet or cafe.”

 

Nowhere here does it say that the waiting room at your local doctor should be tagged as an amenity=lounge.

 

But for the things that the proposal specifically targets, amenity=lounge seems an adequate label to me.

 

If there is one thing I find objectionable in the proposal, it’s the “A simpler lounge at DXB” example. THAT is not something I would consider a lounge. 

 

From: Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> 
Sent: Monday, 11 June 2018 00:56
To: Tag discussion, strategy and related tools <tagging at openstreetmap.org>
Subject: Re: [Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Lounges

 

 

 

On Sun, Jun 10, 2018 at 3:20 PM, <osm.tagging at thorsten.engler.id.au <mailto:osm.tagging at thorsten.engler.id.au> > wrote:


At Stations

The First Class lounges are open Monday to Friday and are a great place to work or relax while you're waiting for a train. They offer complimentary refreshments, WiFi, fax and phone services are available.

 

Again, these are NOT waiting rooms.  They REQUIRE a purchase for use.  In this instance, the purchase of a

first-class ticket.  They cannot be used without payment.

They're an argument for a subtag, perhaps (purchase_required, or free=no or some such) but they are not arguments

for tagging waiting rooms amenity=lounge.  Perhaps an argument for amenity=lounge as well as
amenity=waiting_room but I suspect that would cause more problems than it solves.

I can be convinced.  Point me to evidence of widespread hospital lounges, doctors' surgery lounges, dentists'

lounges, etc. and I will change my mind.  Until then, it appears that the vast preponderance of waiting rooms

at railway stations compared to a handful of lounges, means that amenity=waiting_room is the way to go.

-- 

Paul

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