[Tagging] issues with the list of deprecated features

Michael Booth boothym at gmail.com
Wed Oct 17 21:34:24 UTC 2018

Sorry, but bed_and_breakfast is not tagged in the "hundreds and 
thousands" - it is in fact used less than 700 times worldwide (about 300 
in the UK, including 10% of the total in one town alone!). And if you 
look at the tag history graph you'll see it has never been above 750 at 
any point.

This compares to guest_house which now has 114k uses (was 38k when B&B 
was deprecated four years ago). It looks like the guest_house definition 
includes B&Bs so there doesn't seem to be any point in having another 
top level tag value. Most of the objects I've looked at can easily be 
retagged as guest_house, plus quite a few are from the early days of OSM 
before this tag consensus appeared.

On 15/10/2018 09:57, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> 10. tourism=bed_and_breakfast
> The suggested alternative is 
> "tourism=guest_house+guest_house=bed_and_breakfast"
> Every time a deprecated tag should be replaced by a tag which is so 
> unspecific that people have seen to need to add subtags in order to 
> express what it is (on the same level of specificity as the tag that 
> should be deprecated), there is some problem. People know what is a 
> bed and breakfast, the tag it in the hundreds and thousands despite it 
> being discouraged and flagged as deprecated. Wouldn't it be easier to 
> accept tourism=bed_and_breakfast, or are there other issues with this tag?

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