[Tagging] Creating shop=caravan

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 17 01:01:06 UTC 2019

On Thu, 17 Jan 2019 at 00:29, Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com>

> On Wed, 16 Jan 2019 at 22:17, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Paul. I'm not saying you're wrong, & yes, I'll agree that wikipedia does,
> but when you do a general search for "Types of mobile home", most of the
> results from the US, UK & Australia discuss semi-permanent or static homes
> on site eg


What you're saying is that "mobile home" is not generally used by the
industry as a generic
category.  And in many places, not as a specific category (or not any
more).  But we've also
established that the industry doesn't seem to have a name for the generic

But what the hey, let;'s go against the literal meaning of the words, let's
>> ignore what is used in
>> practice by the industry in various countries and let's change existing
>> wiki definitions because
>> reasons.  And, while we're at it, let's change the two pertinent
>> Wikipedia pages to match our
>> alternative reality.
> How's it put? (was mentioned again only a week or so ago but I've
> forgotten the exact wording) - in OSM, words mean their OSM definition, not
> necessarily what they mean in the real world!

Which means it's not unreasonable to use "mobile home" as a generic
category.  Especially
as that main tag would be accessed by editor presets for specific
categories.  Search for
caravan (or US equivalent) and the preset for shop=mobile home +
sells=caravan would be
loaded, with options to add sells=rv or whatever.

BTW, although OSM definitions don't always match real-world definitions
there is no
requirement that OSM definitions should go against real-world definitions
and many good
reasons to avoid such conflict if at all possible.

But instead you wish to take a term used by one country or another as a
specific category and
turn it into a generic category.  Or make many shop=caravan and shop=rv
tags and ignore the
problem of places that sell both caravans and RVs.

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