[Tagging] drop covered=booth?

Bryan Housel bhousel at gmail.com
Tue Jun 19 13:41:45 UTC 2018

Sounds good to me.
We can leave the thread open a few more days to see if anyone cares that much about `covered=booth`.
I think 5 days is plenty.

If nobody is using it, I’ll open an issue on https://github.com/osmlab/osm-tagging <https://github.com/osmlab/osm-tagging> on or around June 23 to start the cleanup..

As always, looking for volunteers to do the actual work of replacing the tags and cleaning up the wiki.

Thanks, Bryan

> On Jun 18, 2018, at 4:21 PM, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 9:00 PM, Bryan Housel <bhousel at gmail.com <mailto:bhousel at gmail.com>> wrote:
> from https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/issues/5088 <https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/issues/5088>
> Proposal:
> I’d like to drop `covered=booth` as a suggested tag, as it’s superfluous.  If the telephone feature has `booth=yes` or `booth=K6` you know it’s a booth.  Then we’re not repurposing the `covered=*` for a thing that it doesn’t normally do in other situations and isn’t documented on the main `covered` page.
> The only possible problem with this is that many public phones in the US have an acoustic hood which shields
> the phone from rain and may provide a degree of rain protection to the user.  In which case the acoustic hood
> provides cover, just no as much as a booth.
> Then again, I've never seen an outdoor public phone that isn't in a booth also lack an acoustic hood.  So should
> mappers and consumers assume a hood is present unless booth is specified?  Except I can conceive of a phone
> in a building passage having neither a booth nor a hood (seems unlikely, but possible).
> Otherwise, I have no problems with the change.  By all means drop an inappropriate, repurposed tag for something
> better.  Once we're sure we're not going to hit further problems because we didn't think of all use cases.
> If we do go down this route, then I think an automated edit is justified which drops covered=booth where booth=* is
> specified and replaces covered=booth with booth=yes where booth isn't specified.
> -- 
> Paul
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