[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (consulate)

Allan Mustard allan at mustard.net
Sun Oct 28 04:05:53 UTC 2018

Embassies and consulates are not open to the public, either. You have to make appointments for visa interviews, notarials, passport applications, business counseling, pretty much any service. The lone exception in Ashgabat is the OSM mapper who drops by to share something with the ambassador and needs no appointment to see me.  Yes, this actually happened once!  My point is that diplomatic facilities are no more open to the public than are private companies.

As an aside, in the case of American Embassies security is tighter since the 1998 bombings in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. Getting through embassy security is similar to going to a first-world airport, including magnetometers, X-ray scanners, and hand wands. They are definitely not open to the public.

As for the question of embassies and consulates including residential space, I think it prudent and sufficiently accurate to focus on the primary intended use of the object. We do that all the time when mapping (a CVS pharmacy in Arlington, Virginia, is and should be tagged as a pharmacy, not as a stationer or convenience shop or liquor store even though it also sells office supplies and snack foods, even beer and wine).  Same logic applies here, methinks.

If anyone wants to write a non-paper on the subject, please feel free ;-)

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> On Oct 28, 2018, at 12:31 AM, marc marc <marc_marc_irc at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Le 27. 10. 18 à 19:11, Paul Allen a écrit :
>> I wouldn't vote against office=diplomatic, I just hope 
>> something better  turns up before the vote.
> I have the same feeling and I see two inconsistencies.
> private company offices are generally spaces that are not open
> to the public (you must make an appointment, it is not a shop)
> while an embassy is often "open to the public" oriented, at least
> for some services.
> an consulate sometimes containing the consul's residence,
> I have trouble to tag the whole with a main tag office=*
> maybe the office tag can be moved to "usefull combinaison"
> or "possible combinaison". if the consulate look like
> to be "office only", the a mapper may add the office tag,
> but not mandatory.
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