[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (consulate)

Allan Mustard allan at mustard.net
Thu Nov 1 03:12:45 UTC 2018


Dear Colleagues,

Eleven days into the RFC, we have three competing lines of thought
regarding even a primary tag for diplomatic missions, and similarly little
consensus on additional (secondary  and tertiary) tags that would preserve
and expand information.  The three lines of thought are:

* retain amenity=* as the primary tag but tag consulates separately from
embassies (this is the original proposal, which after being criticized
resurfaced a few days ago).

* shift to office=diplomatic and use the existing diplomatic=* additional
(secondary) tag to specify whether embassy, consulate, or other, then use
embassy, consulate and other as additional (tertiary) tags to specify
further the type of diplomatic or non-diplomatic mission as needed.

* "promote" diplomatic=* to primary tag status, with embassy, consulate,
and other (or some other euphemism as yet undetermined) as the key values
as well as additional (secondary) tags that are used to specify further the
type of diplomatic or non-diplomatic mission as needed.

Nearly all the discussion is posted to the talk page of Proposed
Features/Consulate in the wiki ,
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Proposed_features/Consulate for
those interested in reviewing it.

Now, as we approach the two-week mark, it would be helpful to get a sense
of whether there is any consensus out there about which of the three main
lines of thought is preferred over the others.  The preferences of the
community responding to this RFC are not clear to me.  Please let me know
which direction you believe would be best, bearing in mind both the
realities of the OSM universe (relative sophistication of mappers, the
desire not to burden unduly renderers of maps, and the degree to which
anybody reads the wiki articles) and our shared desire to make OSM as
accurate and information-rich as possible.  Which of the above approaches
do you think is "best" by those criteria?

Very best regards to one and all who have contributed to this discussion,
and many thanks for your ideas and expressions of concern.

apm-wa
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